Comedy fans in Dallas get a special treat on Thursday night, Sept. 18, when Tim and Eric head into town with Dr. Steve Brule in tow. This is strange timing for the trio of comics to put on a show, because it puts their show at the Majestic Theatre on the same night that their new television series, “Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories,” premieres on Adult Swim. Luckily for fans, the show hits just after midnight, so they can get back home after the show in time to see what all the fuss is about.
For those who don’t know, Tim and Eric consists of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, a pair of comedians made famous thanks to the adult-centered Adult Swim comedy shows. The duo were discovered by Bob Odenkirk, who made his name on the sketch show “Mr. Show,” and later became well known as Saul Goodman on "Breaking Bad."
After helping them get their foot in the door at Adult Swim, Tim and Eric went on to create shows like “Tom Goes to the Mayor,” “Tim and Eric Awesome Show” and “Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule.” Now, the duo has headed out on a comedy tour in support of their new show, “Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories,” which is a satire spoof of old sci-fi shows like “The Twilight Zone.”
The comedy style of Tim and Eric’s television work is satirical humor shot in a public access television format. The show includes a number of fake commercials, and that plays into their live stage show as well. In their stage personas, they often stop and try to sell the audience on fake products, such as a children’s spicy energy drink called Grum Soda. They also create sketches on stage of other public access styled themes, such as religious shows and more.
As for the opening act, if you haven’t seen “Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule,” be prepared for this stand up act. A spin off from the “Tim and Eric Awesome Show,” Dr. Steve Brule is actually famous actor John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Tim and Eric actually got him to travel with their show, opening for them as Dr. Steve Brule.
His act on stage can’t really compare to the television series, which is purposively low budget – almost like a guy went into his basement and made it with no money. On the stage, he takes on the same bumbling persona, but works the arena almost like an awkward ringleader. There are also moments in the show where the three men join forces for some sketches, such as a love triangle between Dr. Brule and the Tim and Eric characters of Jan and Wayne Skylar.