Tim Heidecker

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Tim Heidecker
Tim Heidecker onstage presenting (cropped) (2).jpg
Born
Timothy Richard Heidecker

(1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 44)
OccupationComedian, writer, director, actor, musician
Years active1996–present
Notable work
Tim & Eric
Spouse(s)Marilyn Porayko
Children2
Musical career
Labels
  • Starcase
  • Little Record Company
  • Orion Read
Associated acts
  • Casey and His Brother
  • Heidecker and Wood
  • Pusswhip Banggang
  • Tim and Eric
  • The Yellow River Boys
Websitewww.timheidecker.com

Timothy Richard Heidecker (/ˈhdɛkər/; born February 3, 1976) is an American comedian, writer, director, actor, and musician. He is best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim & Eric, along with Eric Wareheim. They are noted for creating the television shows Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, and Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories.

Heidecker has also acted in several films, including Bridesmaids (2011), Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012), The Comedy (2012), a bit part in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and Us (2019). He currently co-hosts the parodic film review web series On Cinema and stars in the comedy series Decker, both alongside Gregg Turkington.

Early life[edit]

Heidecker was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1] He attended Allentown Central Catholic High School and Temple University.[2]

Career[edit]

Heidecker and Wareheim first became known as the creators, writers, and stars of Tom Goes to the Mayor, a limited animation series that originally aired from November 2004 to September 2006 on the Adult Swim channel. Tim plays "Tom," the protagonist of the show. He continually brings his ideas to the Mayor (played by Wareheim), who ends up thwarting them in most cases and leaving Tom worse off than when he started. According to their website, Wareheim and Heidecker had mailed copies of an early version of the show to comedian Bob Odenkirk, who agreed to take on the project as the executive producer of the series and sold it to Adult Swim.[3]

The duo's next show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, premiered on February 11, 2007, on Adult Swim. The eleven-minute show features "live action, sketch, animation, emotions, phone calls, love, etc."

Heidecker starred in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Wareheim and Heidecker appeared together as Debt Collectors on the Adult Swim special, The Young Persons Guide to History and have made guest appearances in the movie Let's Go to Prison, as well as the Scottish video game series VideoGaiden and a Version 2 episode of Mega64.[4] Heidecker also had a small role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, and a leading role in the 2012 independent drama The Comedy, directed by Rick Alverson and also starring Wareheim. In July 2012, Heidecker starred in an episode of Workaholics. In August 2012, he guest starred in Dinosaur Jr.'s music video "Watch the Corners."[5] In the same year, Heidecker made a cameo appearance on the independent movie reviewing site, Red Letter Media. Heidecker appeared in an episode of the RedLetterMedia series, "Half in The Bag." The episode is titled "Season Finale: Step Up Revolution." Within the short sketch comedy, Heidecker plays a VCR repairman named "Tim". Shortly after his introduction into the scene, he flies through the ceiling and makes his exit from the skit.[6]

Heidecker starred in a series of films for Absolut Vodka's website with Wareheim and Zach Galifianakis. In March 2010, Heidecker and Wareheim directed a series of Old Spice commercials starring actor Terry Crews. Using characters and skits from Awesome Show, Heidecker and Wareheim (via their Abso Lutely Productions company) created an online-only show called "Tim and Eric Nite Live!," originally broadcast on the website SuperDeluxe.

Since 2012, Heidecker has been hosting a parodic web series and podcast called On Cinema, where he and special guest (Gregg Turkington) discuss films from past and present. In 2013 an On Cinema Film Guide app was released, featuring the voices of Heidecker and Turkington reviewing over 17,000 films.

Heidecker, Wareheim, Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Reggie Watts announced on the podcast Comedy Bang! Bang! that they were starting a comedy YouTube channel called Jash.

The duo's anthology horror series, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories ran on Adult Swim from 2014 to 2017. A sitcom starring the duo, Beef House, premiered on March 29, 2020.

Since 2016, Heidecker has hosted the podcast and web series "Office Hours Live” along with Vic Berger and Doug Lussenhop. It features phone and video calls with fans, comedians, musicians, and political commentators.[7]

Music[edit]

Heidecker with a guitar
Heidecker performing

Heidecker played in various indie rock bands while in Philadelphia. He made an appearance in the 2008 Ben Folds and Regina Spektor music video entitled "You Don't Know Me".

Although Davin Wood composed the music for Awesome Show, Heidecker would sometimes sing and write lyrics. Williams Street Records released both Awesome Record, Great Songs! and Uncle Muscles Presents Casey And His Brother in 2008, featuring music from the first two seasons. Wood previously composed the music for Tom Goes To The Mayor, and he and Heidecker form the duo Heidecker & Wood. Inspired by 1970s soft rock, they released their first album, Starting From Nowhere, on March 15, 2011.[8] The duo released a second album in the same style on November 12, 2013, Some Things Never Stay the Same. They cite the influence of Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Harry Nilsson, and Boz Scaggs.[9] The duo will perform in October at Festival Supreme.[10]

In October 2012, Heidecker contributed a parody campaign jingle for Herman Cain's presidential bid titled "Cain Train".[11] This was the first of nine songs which would eventually become a full album, titled Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain. All of the proceeds from the album's sales go to benefit the Violence Intervention Program.[12] The number nine was chosen as the number of songs, and $9.99 the original price, in reference to Herman Cain's 9-9-9 financial plan.

Before the release of Bob Dylan's album Tempest in September 2012, Heidecker released a Dylan pastiche called "Titanic", spoofing the news that the album would feature a 14-minute track about the RMS Titanic.[13] In 2013, he released two more Dylan parodies—"Running Out the Clock", inspired by Dylan's 1983 album Infidels, and "Long Black Dress", a song in the actual style of Dylan's album Tempest—and collaborated with the indie band The Earth is a Man on a cover of Dylan's "All the Tired Horses."

In December 2013, Heidecker released the album Urinal St. Station under the Drag City label with his band, The Yellow River Boys.[14] The lead single, "Hot Piss," was released in June 2013.[15] Vice Magazine named Urinal St. Station as the best album of 2013.[16]

Heidecker and Davin Wood composed and performed the song "Weatherman" which was used in the 2014 film The Age of Reason.

On June 24, 2014, Heidecker and Wareheim released a 12″ single, "Jambalaya", as Pusswhip Banggang.[17]

Heidecker's solo album In Glendale was released May 20, 2016 on Rado Records.

He released Too Dumb for Suicide: Tim Heidecker's Trump Songs via Jagjaguwar on November 8, 2017[18]—a year to the date since Trump's election.

On August 5, 2020, Heidecker announced Fear of Death, a concept album featuring members of Foxygen, The Lemon Twigs, and Weyes Blood, slated for released on September 25 from Spacebomb Records.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Heidecker is married to Marilyn Porayko.[20][21][22][23] They have a daughter, Amelia (born November 2013),[24] and a son, Charlie (born October 2016).[25]

Heidecker joined the Democratic Socialists of America in June 2018.[26]

Heidecker describes himself as an atheist and an agnostic.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Attic Expeditions Orderly Film debut
2006 Let's Go to Prison Wine Taster With Eric Wareheim
2011 Terri Mr. Flemisch
Bridesmaids Dougie
2012 The Comedy Swanson
The Five-Year Engagement Chef
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Tim Writer
Director
Producer
2014 A Merry Friggin' Christmas Dave
2015 Vacation Utah Cop
Fantastic Four Mr. Richards
Entertainment The Celebrity Co-writer
2016 First Girl I Loved Mr. Quibodeaux
2017 Brigsby Bear Coach Brad
Kuso Phil
Flower Bob
Sundowner Tom
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Captain Daniel Gooobler
2019 Us Josh Tyler / Tex
Mister America Tim Heidecker Writer
Producer[28][29][30]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Basketball (voice) Episode: "Hypno-Germ"
2004–2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor Tom Peters (voice) Writer
Director
Producer
2006 Mega64 Mega64 Ragtime Jug Brother Episode: "Stranger"
2007–2010 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Tim Heidecker / Various roles Writer
Director
Producer
2007 Acceptable TV Mood Swing Cosby (voice)
Clark and Michael Self-Defense Instructor
2008 Young Person's Guide to History Debt Collector
2008–2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Frances Episodes: "I Thought My Dad Was Dead, But It Turns Out He's Not"
"A Slip Slope"
2010–2016 Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule Jan Skylar Writer
Director
Producer
2010–2011 Funny or Die Presents Various Writer
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Mosham the Alien Lawyer Episode: "Stardoor"
The Simpsons Amus Bruse (voice) Episode: "The Food Wife"
2011–2014 Bob's Burgers Burt Dellalucci / various (voice) 3 episodes
2012 Workaholics Reverend Episode: "The Lord's Force"
2012–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Phil Gorsley 2 episodes
2013 Kroll Show Jason Episode: "Secret Room"
Eastbound & Down[31] Gene 8 episodes
2013–2017 Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Various Writer
Director
Producer
2013, 2014 Drunk History Max Schmeling / Cop 2 episodes
2014 Community Male Four #1 Episode: "App Development and Condiments"
The Birthday Boys Mill Owner Episode: "Plight of the Working Class"
2015 Man Seeking Woman Bartender Episode: "Pitbull"
Another Period Hal Carnegie Episode: "Funeral"
W/ Bob & David N/A Executive producer
2016 Fresh Off the Boat Mr. Jenkins Episode: "Phil's Phaves"
2016–2017 Decker Jack Decker Writer
Producer
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Bruce Starr (voice) Episode: "Jeff & Some Confidence"
Portlandia Ant Guy Episode: "Ants"
Clarence Tim / Teddy / Damien Dawson (voice) Episode: "Rock Show"
Animals Stan (voice) Episode: "Rats"
2018 Pickle and Peanut Zip / additional voices Episode: "Black Light Bowling/90's Adventure Bear And The Coconut Helmet"
2019 A.P. Bio Greg Miller/Bouvier Episode: "Personal Everest"
Black Monday Not Milken #1 Episode: "243"
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Howie Episode: "It's the Cigars You Smoke That Are Going to Give You Cancer"
Crank Yankers Brad Episode: "Jimmy Kimmel, Tracy Morgan & David Alan Grier"
2020 Beef House Tim Writer
Producer
Moonbase 8 Writer
Producer

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–present On Cinema at the Cinema Tim Heidecker Writer
Director
Producer
2012 Half in the Bag Himself
2013 Tim & Eric's Go Pro Show Himself Writer
Director
2013 Tim's Kitchen Tips Himself
2013 Dr. Wareheim Himself Writer
Director
2014–present Decker Agent Jack Decker

Podcasts[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–2019 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself, Elton John, George Burns, Nick Nolte 15 episodes
2011–2013 On Cinema Tim Heidecker Writer
Producer
2013 How Did This Get Made? Himself Guest commenter for The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Episode 54)
2016–2019 Chapo Trap House Himself 3 episodes: 79, 150, 357
2016–present Office Hours LIVE Himself Co-hosted with DJ Douggpound and Vic Berger[32]
2019 Hollywood Handbook Himself Episode 284: "Tim Heidecker, Our Close Friend"
2019 This Is Branchburg Producer 8 episodes

Discography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Heidecker [@timheidecker] (2013-12-23). "Great to be back home in Allentown, PA!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Longsdork, Amy (2014-10-02). "Creepy Crawly Comedy: Allentown's Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim serve up haunting humorous drama in 'Bedtime Stories'". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  3. ^ Brown, Janelle (2006-07-17). "10 Comics to Watch: Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim". Variety. Retrieved 2007-02-16.
  4. ^ ""Mega64": Stranger". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  5. ^ "Dinosaur Jr. - "Watch the Corners" Official Video". Vimeo.com. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "Red Letter Media Half in the Bag: Step Up Revolution :". Redlettermedia.com. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  7. ^ Tim Heidecker's channel on YouTube
  8. ^ Hudson, Alex. (2010-12-13) Tim and Eric's Tim Heidecker to Release Album as Heidecker & Wood • News •. Exclaim.ca. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  9. ^ "Heidecker & Wood". Heideckerandwood.com. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Heidecker & Wood". Festival Supreme. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  11. ^ cain train: Herman Cain Campaign Video. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  12. ^ Cainthology: Songs In The Key Of Cain, by Tim Heidecker. Boing Boing. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  13. ^ "Listen: Tim Heidecker Spoofs Bob Dylan With 14-Minute Song About the Titanic". Rolling Stone. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  14. ^ Urinal St. Station, by the Yellow River Boys. Drag City. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  15. ^ The Yellow River Boys - "Hot Piss". YouTube. Retrieved on 2013-01-03.
  16. ^ VICE's Top 50 Albums of 2013. Vice Magazine. Retrieved on 2014-01-03.
  17. ^ Pusswhip Banggang "Jambalaya". Drag City. Retrieved on 2014-07-01.
  18. ^ "Tim Heidecker Announces New Album of Trump Songs: Too Dumb for Suicide | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  19. ^ Colburn, Randall (August 5, 2020). "Tim Heidecker Made a Record About Death with Weyes Blood and The Lemon Twigs". The A. V. Club. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  20. ^ Tim Heidecker's Myspace page, retrieved February 9, 2009
  21. ^ Marilyn's Myspace id 3nine78, retrieved February 9, 2009
  22. ^ Tim Heidecker's Myspace blog, entries "Talking to Your Parents" and "Full Story (Reposted), retrieved February 9, 2009
  23. ^ "Tim and Eric Junior Teaching Bible Lesson". Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-04.
  24. ^ Sundermann, Eric (2013-11-07). "Tim Heidecker: The Coolest Dad Ever | NOISEY". Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  25. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
  26. ^ Heidecker, Tim (2018-06-19). "I just joined the @DemSocialists / That stunt in DC today convinced me. I encourage all to take a look and considering joining as well". @timheidecker. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  27. ^ "Awesome Show, Great Job! w/ Tim Heidecker". Mythinformed.org. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  28. ^ [1]
  29. ^ "Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington Set to Star in On Cinema Movie, Mister America". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  30. ^ "Tim Heidecker and Greg Turkington to Star in New Film Mister America". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  31. ^ "Ken Marino And Tim Heidecker Join Season 4 Of Eastbound & Down". Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  32. ^ "Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker". Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker. Retrieved 2020-08-15.
  33. ^ Webby Award winners listed at Internet Video Mag, Tim and Eric listed in paragraph 5. Internetvideomag.com (2008-05-06). Retrieved on 2012-09-04.

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