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STUDIO: Cartoon Network
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
- Deleted Scenes
- Blooper Reel
- Muscles for Bones – Extended Edition
- Getting’ It Dunn
Infomercials and cable access shows are weird. Tim and Eric use their vast array of comedic talents to make them even weirder.
Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, John C. Reilly, Richard Dunn, Will Forte, David Liebe-Hart, and Zach Galifianakis
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is a weekly series that airs on Cartoon Network under their Adult Swim block of shows. The series is a collection of vignettes which spoof cable access shows, infomercials, and TV sitcoms. Each episode is 15 minutes long, and Awesome Show relies on surreal images, wacky editing, and absurd topics that range from Penile Cleansing Rags to Cops on Recumbent Bicycles to tiny ceramic tigers created out of thin air by a recently brought-back-from-the-dead man. Silly? Yes. Funny? Well, that’s up to your sense of humor.
In the annals of film and television history, there are a certain names that will go down as truly understanding what funny is. Entertainers like Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Brooks, Pryor, the fat kid with that light saber; these people knew funny, and knew it well. I know that comedy is subjective, and that funny to one person could be inane to another. After you watch Tim and Eric Awesome, Show Great Job! Season Three, you will find it not only funny, but deserving to be classified as one of the funniest things to ever grace your synapses since Wayne’s World 2 did back in ‘93.
Tim’s challenges Christian Bale’s weight loss dedication by adding a sloppy tattoo and ugly BVD’s.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season Three begins where Season Two left off: Tim is dead, and Eric is in mourning. After Tim comes back to life, he gains the ability to create tiny tigers out of thin air. It’s at this point in watching the show that one begins to revel in the brilliant comedy that is Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Any other comedic duo would have stopped at the entirely ridiculous idea that Tim just comes back to life. But in the devious minds of Heideker and Wareheim, they add tiny tigers. The hilarity is almost too much. Almost.
And it only gets better. There is an episode devoted to 100 years of Jackie Chan, a Muscles for Bones benefit show hosted by “Weird” Al, and the season concludes with a psychedelic trip to Brownie Mountain.
One of the aspects of this show that makes is stand head and shoulders above the other “comedy” shows on television are the skills of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Their near-method acting talents allow themselves to take odd, strange facial expressions and body movements and use them for the benefit of the comedy world, and you, the viewer. Without these two gloriously comedic actors, this show would easily be classified as something on the level of M.A.S.H. or Cheers. With them, one begins to achieve a sense of balance, as if you have finally ascended to that higher plane of consciousness that Dalai Lama promised us those many years ago (1980 to be exact).
On The Hangover set, Zach thought Heather was a Two on his Fingers-up-the-Nose scale.
One of the special treats of Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! are the celebrity guest stars. We’re not just talking ‘Burt Reynolds/Loni Anderson’-type cameos. No, in Season Three, we get John C. Reilly continuing his classic role of Dr. Steve Brule, a whimsical “doctor” who gives advice “for your health.” Re-joining the cast this season is Zach Galifinaikis. He resumes his immortal role of Tairy Greene, leaving the gravy robbing behind to star as an acting school teacher for children. You can really appreciate his acting skills and wisdom as you know he went to Acting School at James Sprunt Community College (7 years). Will Forte, the previously mentioned “Weird” Al Yankovic, and Ed Begley Jr. also make guest appearances, bringing the little of what they have added to the comedy world and attempting to lend their meager talents to a higher-quality program. They manage adequately.
The Season Three DVD comes with a cornucopia of extra benefits, presented to the viewer as a gift from these comedy gods. The blooper reel and the deleted scenes act as a sweet dessert to the funny meal you’ve just partaken. (Yes, partaken. It’s a real word.) Each feature is about 6 minutes worth of hilarity, and well worth your insignificant time. The extended edition of “Weird” Al’s Muscles for Bones charity event for Richard Dunn is a hoot. For those of you unaware, Mr. Dunn lost his bones. In addition, you will be pleased to find an extended segment of Getting’ It Dunn, with host Richard Dunn (no longer boneless!) And if that wasn’t enough for you, there are three Adult Swim promos for Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Season Three to round out the funniness.
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In all seriousness, you may have noticed that I love Tim and Eric. This review is most definitely biased, but if you give this a chance, you may find you like it yourself. And with Season Cinco starting on February 28, there is no better time to fall in love with Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! than now.