Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Tim and Eric: Season 3 debut!

The New York Times today profiled Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) in advance of tonight’s season 3 debut of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! on Adult Swim. Don’t know if I’d call it "Nightmare TV," but there certainly is a bizarre aesthetic to their approach to humor — I think their Absolut comedy comrade Zach Galifianakis helped me put them into perspective when he described what he loved about Tim and Eric, and that’s how they tap into their inner children. Essentially, these guys embrace their immature adolescent former selves in an uninhibited way, and that has an appeal, particularly to the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim viewership of boys and men in their teens and early 20s. When they appeared on FOX’s Talk Show with Spike Feresten, Feresten introduced them as the voice of stoner comedy. That’s selling them a bit short. Not a lot, but a bit. It’s more accurate to put them in with a group of currently successful comedians who rely on acting like big kids, such as John C. Reilly (who collaborates with Tim and Eric) and Will Ferrell (see this weekend’s Step-Brothers in cinemas), as well as the stoner antics of Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow’s crew. Of everyone in this group, Tim and Eric take the most chances. Throwing pizzas and hot dogs into audiences may inspire some...

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Louis CK’s new tour: “Hilarious”

Louis CK is having his way in the U.K. this summer (well, actually not having his way every night, if you keep up with his blog, but as he already told you, a comedian learns much more from bombing than from killing). And now, he’s pleased to report the cities and dates for his new tour, "Hilarious," in which he presents all-new material. All I can tell you for now is that he may mention the word diarrhea. The tour begins Sept. 19 in Atlanta and continues up to Thanksgiving. Tickets already on sale for a few dates…Click here to...

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Live at Gotham, with host Daniel Tosh, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Owen Benjamin, Mary Mack, Nigel Lawrence, Adam Devine

Hey comedy fans, before you start weekends, know that Comedy Central has a new Live at Gotham to share with you tonight at 10 p.m. (also 3 a.m.), with host Daniel Tosh, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Owen Benjamin, Mary Mack, Nigel Lawrence and Adam Devine. The network also replays Tosh’s one-hour special beforehand at 9 p.m. This taping was the spring finale, and all of the lighting equipment was so fried that it forced Braunger to have to retell his opening bit several times. Here is a preview clip from him, with more videos to come from everyone after the show airs....

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Louis CK: Unmasked

Thought I’d completely missed out on listening to Louis CK talk at length about his comedy career on XM’s Unmasked, but the nice people at A Special Thing have some tech skills and provided a linky link to listen to the hourlong chat, which takes kind of an Inside the Comic’s Studio approach. Some great tidbits about how Louis CK got his start in comedy as a teen in Boston and Cambridge, his stint writing for Conan’s first two years and how he developed the voice that has made him one of the best stand-ups working...

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