Series / The Eric Andre Show

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Eric Andre Show!

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" *CRASH*
Eric Andre rampaging on his own set (the ending of every new episode promo)

A talk show that airs on [adult swim], created, written and hosted by actor, comedian, and all-around Cloudcuckoolander Eric Andre, with fellow comedian Hannibal Buress as co-host.

Well, "talk show" is a loose way of saying it. Eric will almost always go off on unrelated tangents during the interview or doesn't pay attention at all, while random and absurd things happen, either done by Hannibal, members of the crew or band, objects, or animals that suddenly pop onto the stage. The set is specifically designed to keep the guests not exactly relaxed; for example, beforehand they'd put a heater in the guest's sofa, or during the show, water is sprayed all over the guest. And not to mention, 90% of the time, the guests are totally unaware of what they're supposed to expect during the whole taping. Eric also loves to spring graphically nude and explicit jokes on the fly, gross out his captive audience, and more often than not, he might just go berserk without warning and attack whatever thing in the room makes him the angriest at the moment, be it person, furniture, furnishings, or equipment.

Oh yeah, and he has a habit of wrecking the set every episode (and then it gets magically fixed). In between segments are sketches of him doing street pranks, mostly in New York City.

Imagine it like a live-action Space Ghost Coast to Coast, but a hundred times crazier.note 

Tropes:

  • And I Must Scream: Eric seems to be in this situation. One monologue has him asking Hannibal how to escape the show, falling into a void only to reappear on stage, and then screaming for help as occult symbols flash on the screen, implying that he is doomed to forever host the show in some sort of personal hell.
  • Always Someone Better: Hannibal is repeatedly shown to be much more rich and successful than Eric.
  • Ax-Crazy: Eric, in every intro.
  • Blatant Lies: Some of the guests clearly aren't who Eric says they are, but he treats them as if they were the real deal anyway. For example, Russell Brand is an elderly, shirtless Indian man, Reese Witherspoon is a black guy wearing a wig, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Bruce Vilanch riding a motor scooter, and Joe Biden is a cooked duck hanging from a string on the ceiling with a cutout of Joe Biden's face glued to its head.
  • Body Horror: See Teleporter Accident below.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eric.
    • That poor, poor drummer.
      • Funnily enough, the only time when he doesn't suffer horrible injuries is when Hannibal was running the show instead of Eric.
    • As of Season 4, Kraft Punk is turning into this. Every time he comes on camera Hannibal and Eric run him off and hurl insults at him.
  • Call-Back: Early in Season 2 there was an extremely uncomfortable interview with Eric Balfour from Haven where Eric asked if he'd ever slept with any "Oriental background actresses". A few episodes later, Eric mentioned meeting up with some Oriental background actresses during one of the "Ranch It Up" segments.
  • The Cameo:
  • Candid Camera Prank: A lot of them, including but not limited to Eric having sex on a bed in a store, pretending to scalp himself, setting up a smoothie stand and sticking his hand in the blender, destroying a "NYPD car", breaking into a dojo to deliver a "pizza ball", becoming a black scientologist, destroying an art gallery, pretending to be blind and swinging a walking stick around a lightbulb shop, turning his body into a Froot Loops communion, and making out with a cop who has just apprehended him. Some of the most popular ones have to be "Ranch It Up!" and "Bird Up!".
  • Captain Ersatz: Kraft Punk is designed after the members of Daft Punk, robot helmet and all.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Time for some RANCH!"
  • Chest of Medals: Hannibal's Brother has this even though he's a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • The Chew Toy: Street Correspondent Paul Littleson appears a few times, in all of them, he is being hurt in a mundane but funny way.
    • Again, as it bears repeating, but that poor, poor goddamn drummer.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: The set of the show itself starting in Season 2, Word of God credits a dream sequence in Twin Peaks for the set. Lampshaded by Questlove:
    Questlove: "...What is this place?"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Eric, and Russell Brand in spades. Some of the guests can act this way as well.(Hannibal is generally the voice of comparative, critical reason.)
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hannibal. Whereas Eric destroys the set by turning himself into a human wrecking-ball, Hannibal has a simpler solution: More Dakka.
  • Couch Gag: Eric destroying the set during the introduction sequence has different actions per episode:
    • Eric playing with a Ouija board and speaking in tongues.
    • Eric throwing boiling water at a naked man.
    • Eric removing his teeth with pliers, than making out with a stagehand.
    • Eric being shot by a SWAT team until he's literally just a pile of hamburger meat.
    • A catatonic Eric being swung around the set by a cable and smashing into different objects.
    • Eric fingering a snowman before biting its nose and punching its head off.
    • Eric hanging himself while masturbating.
    • Eric attempting to fight a kung fu master and getting his ass kicked.
    • Eric beating up and devouring a police officer.
    • The entire opening being played backwards.
    • Eric snapping a stage hand's neck.
    • Eric stripping naked and pouring mustard and ketchup on himself.
    • Eric salsa dancing with a woman in an elegant dress before suddenly body slamming her into a desk.
    • Eric sticking his dick in a paper shredder before being beheaded by an ISIS militant.
    • Eric getting beaten up by several wrestlers.
    • Eric breaking up a fight between two Asian businessmen.
    • Eric being sucked through a wormhole.
    • Eric cutting his own tongue out with shears.
    • Eric dressed as a Buddhist monk, pouring gasoline on himself before being pepper sprayed by a police officer.
      • All of these sequences end with Hannibal walking on-set, oblivious to what just happened.
  • Cringe Comedy: Most of the guest segments. Especially Tatanya Ali and Sinbad. The show is basically half this and half Surreal Humor.
  • Cuckold: "I want you to have sex with my wife" seems to be one of Eric's go-to phrases, using it on both men and women.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hannibal, usually in response to Eric's attempts at telling jokes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Rory Scovel crosses it while showing us how to cook like a pro, going into a nihilistic monologue about The Nothing After Death before crushing glass into his face, pushing the table to the floor, and collapsing on the floor while crying.
    Eric: Yeah, uh... can't wait to try that at home.
  • Distant Finale/Downer Ending: Parodied at the end of the first season. R.I.P. Eric Andre (1983–2028)
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe; Hannibal is constantly calling Eric out on this.
  • The Eeyore: The black saxophonist, who keeps saying that he wants to kill himself.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Octopus, who is covered in poison (or as the French say, la poison), has a Hive Mind with its tentacles, and believes Bill Cosby is innocent.
  • Fan Disservice: Lots of penises get whipped out on this show and not just Eric's.
  • Gainax Ending: Nearly every episode and segment ever.
  • Genre Deconstruction: This seems to basically be the concept of the show.
  • In-Name-Only: Most of the "celebrity guests", which leads to more confusion as they get more obscure and you actually don't know if it's the real one or not.
    • Happens much less often in season 2, which feature mostly actual celebrities with a couple fake ones recurring from the first season.
  • Kubrick Stare: The trombonist in Season 4 has a habit of doing this directly into the camera.
  • Little People Are Surreal: Quite a few dwarves show up on the show, to Lynchian effect. In particular, the Octopus skit has Eric in an elaborate octopus costume, with Eric in the costume's main body and a few midgets as its tentacles, who proceed to terrorize an innocent restaurant.
  • Made of Iron: The shit that Eric puts his body through is ridiculous. It'd be impossible to count how many times he's just been shot.
    • More literally with Kraft Punk, who commented that he is unable to die and subsequently proved so by shooting himself in the head multiple times with no effect.
  • Madness Mantra: "Everything... is in... the NEWS today..."
    • "Did you hear about this... Did you hear about this..."
  • Mind Screw: Constantly and Played for Laughs. Some segments seem particularly Lynchian, such as "Savion Glover", who just ran around screaming with a rotisserie chicken taped around his head and over his face while wearing a wig and breaking things, and... tap dancing?
  • Mistaken for Special Guest: While fooling around at the RNC 2016 event, Alex Jones mistakes Eric for Trevor Noah and invites him on-stage at his rally, with Eric saying his usual stuff.
    Eric: I want you to have sex with my wife.
  • Mood Whiplash: Frequently.
  • N-Word Privileges: Hannibal's Brother is trying real hard to say it less.
  • Negative Continuity: To say the least.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Eric will often appear naked while trashing the set in the opening credits.
  • The Nicknamer: "Wait, I know you! You're Pimple Pete!"
    • "Sup Pimple Pete?"
  • Non Sequitur: Extremely frequent, not just in dialogue but in the many, many Big Lipped Alligator Moments per episode, such as a two second cut to Eric running maniacally through the street screaming and holding a chicken.
  • No-Sell: When Questlove appeared as the drummer on the show, he knocked Eric out with one punch when he tried to attack him in the intro sequence.
  • Once an Episode: Eric trashing the set. More specifically, Eric violently assaulting the drummer of his band, usually by tackling him through a wall and then punching him in the face.
  • Only Sane Man: Hannibal, most of the time.
  • Overly Long Gag: Hannibal explaining to Harry Shum, Jr. what he'd want his Fatality to be if he were a Mortal Kombat character. It's basically Hannibal standing still and repeatedly pantomiming throwing an apple.
  • Practical Joke: Eric does a lot of absurd, creative pranks on the city streets... like running from a pack of guys dressed up just like him. He longs for people to stop and stare, confounded at human bizarreness.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The show runs on this. Expect constant speechlessness from guests and witnesses to street segments.
  • Scary Black Man: Hannibal's Brother.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Only two guests walked off the set during their interviews.
      • T.I. walked off after seeing a random crewmember with no underwear on arrive just as he was about to suggest something to Eric.
      • Lauren Conrad noped out of there after seeing Eric suddenly vomitnote  and then play with his vomit.
    • Eric and Hannibal have had one of these moments too with the grizzly bear interview; the two immediately ran for the hills the moment the bear started manhandling Eric's desk after having ripped up the couch next to it.
  • Self-Deprecation: All the time. One sequence near the end of Season 1 has a montage of interviews with people on the street about The Eric Andre Show, all of whom have either never heard of or hate it. This causes Eric to let out a Skyward Scream.
  • Serial Escalation: Every episode seems to be more violent and destructive than the last.
  • Shaped Like Itself: From the Season 3 premiere monologue.
    Hannibal: Yeah, what's up with your hair, man?
    Eric: Got it done like Katt Williams, baby!
    (studio audience claps politely)
    Eric: Katt Williams? More like FAT Williams! (motions to indicate a fat belly)
    Hannibal: (angry) NEXT JOKE! Katt Williams is very thin!
    Eric: Which one is Katt Williams?
    Hannibal: Katt Williams!
    Eric: Right.
  • Shout-Out: Many to Twin Peaks in the second season, such as the change to red curtains and the statue from the Black Lodge, and a segment where Eric empties two whole clips of bullets into Hannibal mid-monologue, looks straight at the camera, and asks "Who killed Hannibal?", after which it segues into a parody of the Twin Peaks intro.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Eric briefly became one in the "Society's Lies" bit.
  • Something Completely Different: Eric has interviewed a grizzly bear and a fire before.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Whenever Eric tries to actually tell jokes, it ends up being like this, with requisite mockery from Hannibal.
  • The Stoic: Hannibal is completely unfazed by all the lunacy happening around him every episode.
  • Straight Man: Hannibal; the fact that he manages to be this and a Cloud Cuckoolander at the same time speaks about how weird this show is.
  • Stylistic Suck: Everything about the show. The cameras seem to come from a different decade each, mostly from the seventies to the early nineties.
  • Surreal Humor: And occasionally Surreal Horror.
  • Teleporter Accident: In one episode, Eric gets "one of those Star Trek transporters". He is wiping his face when transported, and comes out with his hand fused to his face. Hannibal has the person operating the transporter send Eric back to his chair, and he comes out as a shapeless blob.
  • Trash the Set: At the beginning of every episode, Eric is seen rushing in and breaking everything (while also doing... other things). The set is always rebuilt within literally seconds—the net effect is to make Eric seem like a soul condemned, Sisyphus-like, eternally to roll a chat-show off the edge of a cliff and then host it again.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the Season 2 Finale when the entire episode is basically Eric breaking the set.
  • Totally Radical: Ranch Guy is this mixed with massive amounts of Cloud Cuckoolander.
  • Troll: Eric's comedic style, in a nutshell. Both the interviews and hidden camera segments revolve around him making unsuspecting bystanders as uncomfortable as possible.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Eric has a habit for these, especially during public pranks, even when it makes no sense.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Russell Brand and Hannibal's Brother.
  • Widget Series: Even by Adult Swim standards, this show is bizarre.


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