Adult Swim is such an awesome production company!
If you haven’t caught their amazing array of animated series, including Harvey Birdman and Aqua Team Hunger Force, then you’re missing out!
Their first live-action series is The Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Yep, weird title…yep, weird show…yep, pure genius. Focusing on the two main characters (Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim), this show is a series of insane skits, mock commercials and general hilarity. It is a purely surreal experience, and not one for those who like their comedy straight-laced.
There are some recurring characters, including music funny man Weird Al Yankovic and John C. Reilly (Anger Management, Boogie Nights). Like the well known Saturday Night Live before it, Tim & Eric centre much of their attention on quick-fix skits, particularly lambasting public service television in the USA. The gents cite amongst their major influences, Monty Python and mocumentary main man Christopher Guest (Best in Show), and you can see why.
The blend of sexual innuendo, brain-numbing parodies, and deliberately bad graphics and images are fantastic, and mostly pitch-perfect. The episodes, including ‘Sitcoms’ and ‘Slop’ (look for their mock cooking show) are rather short, so don’t fret about having to give over too much time, but if you are like me, you’ll be exploring the special features in no time. These include very funny episode commentary, deleted scenes and ‘Great! (But Not Great Enough’ outtakes.