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.
"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."
"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 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 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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