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

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 

The show premiered in 2012 and has run for four seasons, with a fifth reportedly in the works alongside a TV special in Paris that will air on February 18, 2018.

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  • 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. For example, during the time Hannibal was the main host of the show he opens the episode with a one liner that not only reduces the whole audience into hysterics, but also cause him to spontaneously win several awards as "Best Talk Show Host" and "Best Talk Show Co-Host". Eric is understandably peeved at his success.
  • Ax-Crazy: Eric, in every intro.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Pretty much the entire point of the show. It's set up for unknowing celebrities to come on expecting a relatively ordinary talk show, while the actual content of the show is...not that.
  • 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 Ethiopian man, Reese Witherspoon is a black guy wearing a wig, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Bruce Vilanch riding a motor scooter, Beyoncé and Jay-Z appearing together as a white red-headed woman and a short Asian man respectively, 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.
    • For a non-celebrity example, there's the time when a random old white man walks out on stage with his penis hanging out and claims to be Hannibal's father and the time another old white man was introduced by Eric as Tyler, the Creator's dad.
    • There was also the one time Eric claimed to have footage of Krysten Ritter's new movie, much to Krysten's confusion. Said footage was actually 2 Girls 1 Cup.
  • Body Horror: See Teleporter Accident below.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eric.
    • That poor, poor drummer.
    • 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.
    • The naked PA, who exists solely to be tormented by Eric.
  • 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.
    • Sebastian Bach barges into the Demi Lovato interview to plant his leg on the desk and ask the visibly confused woman if she likes his hair, before leaving moments later.
    • John Kricfalusi shows up in the New Year's Halloween Spooktacular, doodling on a large canvas in the background.
  • 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", taking pictures of a fashion model while wearing cyclops prosthetics,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.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Eric frequently hits on his attractive female guests, but they're inevitably far too distracted by the absurd, vulgar, or disturbing madness going on around them to respond well to his advances.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Time for some RANCH!"
  • Chest of Medals: Hannibal's Brother has this even though he's a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Chewing the Scenery: More like "violently destroy the scenery with a baseball bat." There will always be at least one person per segment (sometimes Eric, sometimes a random stagehand or extra) who is living LARGE and doesn't care who sees it. Hannibal's brother is probably the best example.
  • 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, with the scenes being inter-cut in the middle of Eric's rampage. All of these sequences end with the set repairing itself and 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.
    • The street segments in Season 2 take this Up to 11.
  • 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.
  • Dance Party Ending: Tyler, the Creator's interview ends with him, Eric, and a random guy breaking out in dance after the random guy advises to "investigate 3/11".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hannibal, usually in response to Eric's attempts at telling jokes.
  • Death Seeker: Eric attempts to kill himself more than a few times.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Old Man: George Clooney is both this and a Depraved Bisexual.
  • 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 Blindness: Those poor, innocent foolish celebrity guests who seem to think that this is a ''real' talk show. Demi Lovato is probably the worst example of this, as she's visibly about this close to running off the stage screaming once the madness gets started.
  • Genre Deconstruction: This seems to basically be the concept of the show.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take a whole lot to set Eric off. Jay Z also reacts very poorly to questions about his music or his personal life.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Ariel Pink's performance, which was followed by Ariel Stinks (aka Ariel Pink with sewage dumped on him), Ariel Plink-182, Ariel *NSYNC and... Ariel Black, which is just Hannibal wearing drag.
  • 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 after season 1, which feature mostly actual celebrities with a couple fake ones recurring from the first season.
  • Jive Turkey: Parodied and exaggerated to no end in Eric's "Ranch It Up!" skits, which run on Eric's character having a completely nonsensical frat boy slang.
  • Jump Scare: Often deployed against the show's guests, usually involving something bursting out of Eric's desk.
  • Kubrick Stare: The trombonist/singer in Season 4 has a habit of doing this directly into the camera. It's appropriate, considering that the band in season 4 is an homage to The Shining.
  • 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 little people as its tentacles, who proceed to terrorize an innocent restaurant.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The black saxophonist is apparently Questlove's father.
  • 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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, Flying Lotus CHECKS... HIS... EMAILS!"
  • 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: Eric's "Ranch It Up!" character.
    "Wait, I know you! You're Pimple Pete!"
    (guitar riff)
    "'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.
  • Not So Above It All: Most of the time Hannibal is the Straight Man to Eric's wacky antics, but occasionally he'll join in the madness happening on set, like punching Eric in the face, screaming while trying to stuff an entire sandwich into his mouth, or asking him if getting crabs is more embarrassing than getting AIDS.
  • 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.
    • To cite one particular example: Eric Andre actually put up Seth Rogen's cell phone number for people to call, despite Seth's repeated demands that he don't.
  • Rule of Three: In the Season 3 premiere, Eric repeats the "Season 3? More like Season Pee" joke three times, each time making it more disgusting.
  • Running Gag: Eric seems to like bringing up famous sex offenders and Scientology at awkward times.
  • 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 have a Heroic B.S.O.D..
  • 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.
    • One prank has Eric crashing a public basketball game while dressed as a werewolf, which is a reference to the movie Teen Wolf.
    • The stage band in Season 4 are dressed up like the staff at the Overlook Hotel. At one point the singer appears covered in blood and asks Eric "It's a great party, isn't it?", mirroring a scene from the film.
    • One sketch is just called "Seinfeld". It's...not quite that.
    • Lance Reddick gives a double shout-out to Levar Burton's two most famous roles in his interview by wearing a VISOR and combadge over chains and a slave outfit.
  • 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.
    • Eric himself gets into this at times, on the occasions when his emotional responses aren't cranked to maximum they're invariably set to absolute zero.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Beyonce and Jay Z.
  • 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 11 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.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major component of the show's humor is Eric and Hannibal's complete non-reactions to the antics of his guests, including, on one occasion, a fire.
    • Occasionally, random citizens will completely ignore whatever surreal stunt Eric is pulling during the street segments and respond to whatever question he's asking with a completely straight face and serious tone.
  • 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.