Series / The Eric Andre Show

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Ladies and Gentlemen! The Eric Andre Show!

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.

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

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • 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: Pete Wentz appears for a few seconds at the end of the Lorenzo Lamas episode to deliver An Aesop and walk away.
    • Chris Rock briefly appears near the end of the Season 3 finale as the director of the "Bird Up" segments.
  • 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:
  • Cringe Comedy: Most of the guest segments. Especially Tatanya Ali and Sinbad.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Negative Continuity: To say the least.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Eric will often appear naked while trashing the set in the opening credits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serial Escalation: Every episode seems to be more violent and destructive than the last.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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