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Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Season 1 (2007)

Warner Home Video
DVD Released: 4/22/2008

All Ratings out of
Video: 1/2

Review by Mike Long, Posted on 4/20/2008

When I write a review, I attempt to remain as objective as possible (which often isn't easy). I state my case on why I did or didn't like a movie or show and I try to back this up by listing the pros and cons of the release in question. I have to admit that, from time to time, when something is really awful, I go out of my way to condemn it, but otherwise, I want to be an unbiased observer. But, in the case of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, that simply isn't possible. This is an occasion where I must invoke the "acquired taste" cop-out, because I don't know of any other way to describe this show, which has just been released on DVD as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Season 1.

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is a show which airs during the Adult Swim portion of Cartoon Network. Each 10-minute episode consists of brief vignettes. Series creators and stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim appear in most of the pieces. This isn't necessarily sketch comedy, but the segments consist of commercial parodies, phony PSAs, a fake TV news broadcast, and other bits which one may find on late-night cable TV.

At first glance, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! looks like just another TV sketch-comedy show. But, as noted above, this isn't really sketch comedy. If one looks at shows such as Saturday Night Live, MadTV, or In Living Color, the sketches have a beginning, a middle, and an end. (Although, granted some sketches on Saturday Night Live feel as if they are never going to end!) However, many of the pieces seem to come and go at random, leaving behind only the kernel of an idea. Some of the bits bring a full idea, but others are either simply incomplete on purpose, or they are just the beginning of an idea.

The skewed structure of the segments is further stymied by the fact that many of the bits are simply non-sensical. For example, there's a piece where "Weird Al" Yankovic walks a series of older women down an aisle while Tim and Eric say "Here she comes."...and that's it. There's another piece where Eric learns that Tim is sick and so he mails a hot dog to his friend.

OK, here's where I throw out my opinion: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! simply isn't funny. I watched all 10 episodes on this DVD and I laughed out loud exactly one time... and that was at a really cheap joke. The remainder of the shows are made up of shorts which don't contain anything which is recognizable as humor. Granted, everyone's sense of humor is different, but it's usually easy to identify something which is supposed to be funny, but for this show, I was hard-pressed to find the joke in any of the segments. Some of the pieces which are supposed to be parodies, such as "Casey and his Brother" don't contain any jokes.

Don't get me wrong, I love absurd and off-the-cuff humor. There are plenty of shows on Adult Swim that I enjoy, such as Frisky Dingo, Metalocalypse, and the best Adult Swim show ever, The Brak Show. But, the "jokes" on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! go beyond absurd or askew. The items here which can be identified as comedy are simply silly...and not in a good way. If the series creators weren't also on the show, I would assume that the program had been written by a group of sixth graders...immature sixth graders. There aren't really any sex or fart jokes here, but I could easily here a bunch of 11 year old boys giggling over some of the material here.

Due to my personal schedule, I can't always catch Adult Swim shows when they air, so I try to catch up with as many of them as possible. And I've never been as disappointed in a show as I have been with Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. I love good comedy and there's none to be had here. The most amazing thing about the show, other than the fact that it's actually on TV, is the amount of recognizable guest stars on the show. It got to the point where I kept watching the show only to see who would pop up next. The only positive thing that I can say about the show is that I applaud there liberal use of cats on the show. The cats were great...Michael Cera turning into a cat...not so great.

Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Season 1 changes the face of comedy (but not in a good way) on DVD courtesy of Warner Home Video. The DVD contains all 10 episodes from the show's first season and they are presented in their original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. For the most part, the show looks fine, as the image is sharp and clear. Tim and Eric are clearly obsessed with the look of 80's video, so some of the segment are intentionally blurry or washed out. The colors look fine and the image is stable throughout. There was no overt pixellation or artifacting here. The DVD contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track which provides clear dialogue and sound effects. Despite the fact that this is a 5.1 track, I didn't detect any obvious surround or subwoofer effects. The only time that stereo effects were present was during musical numbers. Overall, the transfer rivals digital broadcast quality.

The Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!: Season 1 DVD contains a few extra features. Tim and Eric provide commentary for every episode, and they are joined by other crew members for some shows. These chats are surprisingly straight-forward, as they tell us where things were shot, or who the actors are. We learn very little about where the ideas come from, but there is some nice self-depreciating humor here, as the guys comment on how cheap or silly some of the pieces are. "How'd Dey Do Dat?" (14 minutes) is simply made up of behind-the-scenes footage and clips. While we get that "fly on the wall" view of the happenings, there's no narrative or interviews here. This segment does contain some bloopers and deleted scenes. "Lost Gems and Deleted Scenes" contains 7 scenes, one of which featuring one of my favorite comedians, Todd Barry, and there's a three-part segment called "Three Men in a Jail". None of these are particularly funny. "Awesomecon" (3 minutes) has footage from an event of some sort in San Diego which was apparently hosted by Tim and Eric (we don't get any specific info here). "Oops and Ding Dongs" (5 minutes) are bloopers from the show. How do you spot a blooper from this show? "Promos" (2 minutes) featrues four commercials for the show. "Great! (But Not Great Enough): Extended Scenes and Missing Moments" (22 minutes) is exactly what it sounds like. There aren't any truly new moments here, but simply deleted scenes from sketches from the series.

Review Copyright 2008 by Mike Long