You wouldn't expect an Academy Award-nominated actor to be performing alongside a relatively unknown comedy team, but that's just what helps lend the bizarro duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim so much credence. There are some very talented people out there who seem to "get this."
John C. Reilly is known around the country for his award-winning theatrical roles on film and stage, as well as for his zany off-the-wall comedies with the likes of Will Ferrell, but to fans who will be attending tonight's Tim and Eric show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, he's known only as Dr. Steve Brule. But that's only one aspect of tonight's show; the main stage is set for none other than Tim and Eric.
Tim and Eric's irreverent brand of comedy can be difficult to categorize, though much of it seems to rely on a certain trend toward '90s nostalgia and a penchant for strange, local access cable show hosts who made you feel more awkward than informed back in the day. In a strange way, Tim and Eric seem to bring understanding to a level of mockery that is all too comforting at times (though never predictable). Hence, they're shaking things up.
Not only is the duo touring the country with their new live comedy show, but they've got a new television pilot set to premiere on their favorite network to work with, Adult Swim, which has supported many of the pair's shows for years: from "Tom Goes to the Mayor" (an animated show and their first), to "Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!", which debuted their live action-style of comedy back in 2007 and featured a plethora of celebrity cameo appearances, such as Zach Galifinakis, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Odenkirk (who helped establish the pair, and also included a regular feature from Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule.
These days, Tim and Eric are interested in unveiling a darker side to their humor with "Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories", which will set the tone for their Royal Oak show and will focus on a much more brooding side of comedy. The Royal Oak show, which Wareheim branded as an "anti-show", will follow along the roots of their new T.V. show, to which both comedians spoke of their brand of humor's new mantra:
"We wanted to tell little short stories that have a darker edge, kind of a nightmarish quality to them but still funny and absurd," Heidecker told NPR in a radio interview.
"I feel like most of life is a nightmare," Wareheim says. "You have a couple friends and a couple beautiful moments, but everything else ... and this show kind of embraces those moments of, like, 'I cannot believe that this is really happening.' "
"We're tired of trying to make people laugh with our humor," Heidecker says. "We want to make people cry."
Tim and Eric have been friends and making comedy for 20 years now, and as they grow older, their sentimentalism appears to be fading, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially for comedy revolutionaries like Tim and Eric. For all accounts, these two comedians changed the market of weird, strange television humor for the better, having since spawned a number of sub-par and lesser-quality imitation shows and comedy groups . Now, tackling the horror/comedy genre and carving out a new section of the market (and our minds), might just be what the doctor (that doctor being Dr. Steve Brule as played by John C. Reilly) ordered.
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