Celebrity High-Five: Comedian Eric Andre's 5 Favorite TV Shows

By Anngie Dehoyos

Jun 12, 2012

TV fans are most likely recognize Eric Andre from ABC's Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, where his character Mark now manages the coffee shop that employs new NYC transplant June (Dreama Walker). But you can also find the actor and comedian on the eponymous The Eric Andre Show, which debuted in May on Adult Swim. Co-hosted by Andre and fellow comedian Hannibal Buress, The Eric Andre Show is a "deconstructive" mock talk show that Andre likens to "Space Ghost as a live-action show." Think Tim & Eric meets Jay Leno on crack meets The Larry Sanders Show, with a little bit of Loiter Squad thrown in.

We recently caught up with Andre via email to discuss his latest venture and his top five TV shows; once you read the list below you'll have a good idea of how The Eric Andre Show (new episodes air on Sunday nights/Monday mornings at 12:30am!) came to be.

The Ren & Stimpy Show

"This show is my #1, the reason I do comedy. Biggest influence of all time. It came out when I was 10 years old and I was instantly hooked. The mismatched sound effects, the criminally insane speeches, the grotesque stills. I have most episodes memorized."

Wonder Showzen

"Second coming of Ren & Stimpy for me. Came out 10 years after. Just the most creative, fast-paced, beautiful mind-fuck of a show. It made me feel like everything I was doing in comedy was slow and old and boring. Made me realize how far you can go on television. It was totally ahead of its time."

Space Ghost

"Space Ghost got me through college. You know something is a hit comedically if you can just call up one of your friends and belt out a line from the show and you both start laughing. I love not knowing quite what the hell is going on the whole time. I would be laughing before they even got to the jokes."

The Simpsons

"The forefather for subversive cartoons to come (Beavis & Butt-head, South Park, Family Guy, etc.). The Simpsons is like Charlie Parker or Marlon Brando or Richard Pryor: Comedy couldn't go back to the way it was after The Simpsons came out. And it was a magnet for all these great writers who felt confined by live-action television. They could finally get as absurd as they wanted to get, because there were no limitations with animation."


"Two words: Jack-ée"

And because he couldn't list just five, here are Andre's runners-up:
"I’d also like to mention Da Ali G Show, Jiminy Glick [of Primetime Glick], The Tom Green Show, The Daily Show, 30 Rock, Seinfeld, Jackass, TV Funhouse, Monty Python, In Living Color, and Sesame Street."

What do you think of Eric Andre's picks? Did any of them surprise you?

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  • TimSpot Staff Jul 17, 2012

    This is a FANTASTIC list! And his show is hilarious.

  • fweak Jun 17, 2012

    Not surprised to see Space Ghost Coast to Coast on the list. The Eric Andre Show is an obvious tribute to that show :)

  • JT_Kirk Jun 14, 2012

    CRAAAAP! I didn't realize The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim was him, the marketing for it has been spectacularly bad at explaining ANYTHING about it. I would have totally watched it, he's funny and so is Hannibal Buress.

    Epic choice for #1. I wonder what he thinks of the awful Spike revisit.

    #3 is a great choice too, I miss SGC2C. And Cartoon Planet.

    #5 is awesome - "Maaaryyyy!"

    Not a bad list, nor of the runner-ups.

  • WavSlave Jun 14, 2012

    It was always my understanding that Spike let John K. do things on their incarnation of R&S; that Nickelodeon would have gone apoplectic over. (And even Spike wouldn't air one of the episodes due to all the nudity in it. You can see it only on the DVD or a rip thereof.) Heck, Nick fired him just over the weirdness of that /first/ incarnation. What he put on Spike was much more the kind of show I think he always wanted to make: Bizarre and even disturbing at times.

    I'm enjoying Eric's new show on [adult swim] and I hope they let him do more.

    P.S. I'm glad to see Eric give some props to TV Funhouse, a criminally underappreciated bit of comedic genius in places.

  • ToddMurray Jun 13, 2012

    Oh, and.... Happy Happy Joy Joy!

  • ToddMurray Jun 13, 2012

    "Space Ghost got me through college. You know something is a hit comedically if you can just call up one of your friends and belt out a line from the show and you both start laughing."

    It also helps if you smoke a lot of weed. :)

  • LeahLefler Jun 13, 2012

    Space Ghost C2C changed my idea of comedy too true. I loved the episode where Space Ghost married Bjork because I was obsessed with her at the time. Other than that show, Ali G, Daily Show and Monty Python I don't have much in common here. Space Ghost!

  • DavidJackson8 Jun 13, 2012

    The Simpsons -- well, at least the first 9-10 seasons -- is my favorite show of all time.

    I also LOVED Ren & Stimpy.

    Unfortunately, I never heard of Wonder Showzen and Space Ghost.

    Cool list. Including the runner-ups, he has some pretty good taste (and by good, I mean similar to mine).

  • Bottron Jun 13, 2012

    Wow, someone besides me and 10 other people like Wonder Showzen?

  • Muderboy Jun 13, 2012

    Apparantly he's retarded but I like him anyway...

  • NWBill Jun 13, 2012

    "In Living Color" never got the respect and props it richly deserved. That's a CLASSIC comedy show that is GUARANTEED to make you laugh - if you don't, it means you're either dead, or your sense of humor was surgically removed as an infant.

  • saxyroro Jun 13, 2012

    I was raised on In Living Color and SNL never measured up. Yup. I said it.

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