For your health.Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule
(2010-) is a 15-minute Sketch Show
on [adult swim]
, and a Spin-Off
from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
based off of that show's "Brule's Rules" sketches. The show stars John C Reilly
as the incredibly inept and even more incredibly awkward-seeming Dr. Steve Brule, whose show is obviously shot on videotape for late-night public access TV seemingly sometime
in The Nineties
(early). Various sketches (or sketch-like set pieces) are introduced by Brule "for your health
First season lasted six episodes. Second season began airing in late March 2012. Third season began airing in late February 2014.
Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Doris Pringle Brule. She always verbally abuses Steve and tried to kill him when he was a child, among other things.
- Ambiguously Bi: Steve himself.
- Ambiguous Disorder: What exactly is Brule's deal, anyway, and how the hell did he manage to earn a medical degree?
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Spoofed Once an Episode, when Brule summarizes what's been learned. "Some dads are not your dad" is one from the "Family" episode.
- Black Comedy: Mixed with What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?. For all of the wackiness, with each episode it seems to become more and more a show about a complete failure of a person. Brule's dad abandoned him, his mother is insane and wanted to kill him and his dad so they'd always be with her, he's ugly and can't get girls (a problem he constantly attributes to "hunks") or friends. He comes off as kind of a slow man-child. The first season finale is essentially about his depression due to being a lonely, friendless loser.
- Bloody Hilarious: Brule cutting off his finger in "Fear."
- Catch Phrase: Steve has "For your health" and "Let's check it out".
- Cloudcuckoolander: Steve Brule practically lives on his own planet.
- Darker and Edgier: Episode 3, "Family" makes the previous two episodes seem lighthearted in comparison. The Nightmare Fuel only escalates throughout the next two seasons.
- Enforced Method Acting: Heidecker stated that all the interviews are with real people.
- Faux Affably Evil: Hippy Joel. Every time he shows up, he seems calm and friendly. But you get him on drugs and he practically turns into a psychopath.
- Hookers and Blow: In "Church", Steve goes to Ron Don Volante's Playpen (Home of the 2 Dollar Lap Dance) and indulges in this trope. He also smokes some crack and performs fellatio latter.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: Steve is not a fan of hot guys. He is disappointed by a group of male strippers, whom he thought would be lifelong friends; but it turns out they were just a bunch of Hunks.
- If I Can't Have You: This conversation between Steve and his mother Doris:
Doris: I was gonna mount your heads on the wall, you and your dad's...that way I could see you once in a while, if I wanted to.
Steve: But we'd be dead, Mommy.
Doris: But you'd be here. I was gonna bury you under the house, so you'd always be here...
- Innocently Insensitive: Steve Brule.
Steve: (to one of his guests) You look a little bit like a rat with glasses.
- Interrupted by the End: Always happens to Steve.
- Mushroom Samba: "FEELS LIKE MY ASSHOLE'S ON FIRE!"
- Nice Guy: For all his idiocy and incompetence, Steve is still a pretty nice guy. He's always friendly to the people he interviews, and generally just wants to make friends.
- Orphanage of Fear: Steve visits one in "Children." Of course, he doesn't notice anything odd or off-putting about it.
- Parental Abandonment: Steve's father tragically abandoned him as a child.
- Quarter Hour Short: It probably couldn't work any other way.
- Running Gag: Brule always mangles the names of his guests.
- Spin-Off: Of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, specifically the "Brule's Rules With Dr. Steve Brule" sketch.
- Stylistic Suck: The show emulates a cable access series from the late 80s/early 90s, complete with several deliberate technical errors per episode.
- The segment transitions are riddled with visual artifacts to simulate the show being taped on very old VHS tapes.
- Surreal Horror/Humor: Episodes usually come in both flavors.
- Unreadably Fast Text: The credits.
- Unusual Euphemism: Steve is fond of using "Dingus" as one.
- Watch It Stoned: Well, like parent series, like Spin-Off, one supposes...
- Widget Series: Hoo boy.
- Verbal Tic: Brule has a habit of sticking an R after the first letter of certain words ('Pruppets', 'Broat'.)
- You're Not My Father: In the "Family" episode, Steve goes and finds a man that resembles his father to have a cheese and wine lunch with him in a park somewhere as well as give him hugs. This strange man only seems to be capable of grunting.
- "Remember, some dads are not your dad."