Wild and Crazy Tim and Eric

From The San Francisco Examiner

January 14, 2009
By Christina Troup

The awkward and absurd have become career bread and butter for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

The comedic duo behind Adult Swim’s wildly ridiculous “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” has managed to craft oddly engaging, painfully weird and, at times, utterly indescribable sketch comedy, earning a cult following along the way.

Attempting to break down much of what the pair does, which includes satirical sketches, songs and commercials for bizarre and completely useless products, is tricky in that many of the shenanigans don’t translate well on paper. Trust us, it’s funny; it just needs to be seen to be understood.

As it turns out, fans of the hit show have a chance to catch the comedians in action (and not while in front of their television sets, either) when Heidecker and Wareheim bring “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” to the Mezzanine on Thursday as part of the opening night of SF Sketchfest.

The eighth annual comedy showcase features 16 nights of sketch, improv, stand-up, panels and movies with appearances by The State, Robert Smigel, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis, to name a few.

Taking ‘Awesome Show,’ which begins its fourth season Feb. 8 on Cartoon Network, on the road is a completely different animal unto itself, Wareheim says.

“It’s a whole different set of things that you have to think about,” he says. “We’ve performed in bands long before the television show, so we’ve figured out that routine. It’s not like a normal sketch comedy show, either. It’s not like a ‘Mr. Show’ or ‘Stella.’ It’s like a rock’n roll show. People are singing along and jammed up in the front. We’re in the crowd, throwing things at them — it’s kind of like Gallagher.”

“When we go on tour, we just want to bring the house down and put on a fun show,” Heidecker says.

So, what’s in store for folks when things go live?

The fast-paced variety show is certain to contain staples of the television hit —  such as weird presentations about dumb products and even a few clips from the upcoming season.

But the biggest surprise is sure to be the opening act.

“I’m looking forward to meeting Robin Williams,” Heidecker says. “He’s opening for us.”

“We’ve been sort of making fun of him in our show for many years and he’s seen some of our stuff and thought it was really funny,”Wareheim says. He said, ‘I think it would be great if I opened up for you.’ I’m sure the fans, you know, will see him and say, ‘Oh my God, it’s really Robin Williams opening for Tim and Eric.’ I’m pretty sure the people at the show will be blown away by it.”

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