TIM AND ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB: SEASON THREE 29

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, starring the comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim premieres on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim block in February 2007. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job is an 11-minute new and exciting sketch variety show, which offers viewers a look into the uniquely funny minds of the creators of the cult, hit, Tom Goes To The Mayor. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, is a fast paced, absurd collection of short films, parodies, animations, pranks and musical numbers, featuring the talents of Bob Odenkirk, John C Reilly, Weird Al Yankovic, Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry and a host of comedians, celebrities, bad actors and pets. Great Job!

WHAT WE THOUGHT

The third season takes on more consistent ‘themes’ or stories — best exemplified in “Jim & Derrick”, which parodies the bland sort of youth-oriented variety show you might see on MTV / VH1 / E! these days. In contrast with the increased ‘theme’ in episodes, you get increasingly random and, frankly, insane sketches and scenes tossed in for good measure… like a crazy cat lady collapsing to the ground a burping out a miniature clown on a tricycle who immediately begins pedaling through a psychedelic landscape set to a techno-club beat

Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! proves that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are truly the rightful heirs to the sketch comedy throne that was vacated by the demise of Mr. Show all those many years ago.  No, this is not a hyperbole, and yes, it’s that good. Certainly, there are some differences: Heidecker and Wareheim don’t possess the same venomous political stance that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross did, nor do they possess the bravery that allowed Mr. Show to attack any subject regardless of social taboo.  What Tim & Eric do, however, is give an astonishingly well-versed satire on ‘80s video culture, ruthlessly ridiculing the commercials, instructional videos, PSAs, public access shows and low-budget video editing services that so consumed their youth, often hitting their targets with remarkable accuracy.  Yet the duo isn’t mocking these institutions just because they can: they’re parodying them because of their undying fondness and adoration for these well-meaning icons of television’s past.

Ultimately, the reason why Awesome Show works is because Tim & Eric have truly created their own off-center comedy universe and they unrelentingly explore its limits in each and every episode. Yet Awesome Show gets one additional kick of quality due to its never-ending stream of top-notch guest stars, giving this little DIY-show an air of industry respect and professionalism.

The DVD sports several featurettes about the production and how they came up with the visual effects. Plus, there’s various extended scenes and looks at the outside endeavors of the titular duo. There’s a blooper reel and a look at a couple of their special stars. Tack on a rather lengthy and unnecessary look at the Muscles for Bones charity show and you’ve got this disc. It feels a little less than what was packed into Season 1 and Season 2. But, you get more Steve Brule. It’s a fair trade-off and worth a rental.


RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!


TroyAnderson

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