Tim and Eric, Comedy’s Leading Lights, Don’t Forget Their Roots at the Warfield – By will-reisman – August 3, 2017 – California News

Tim and Eric, Comedy’s Leading Lights, Don’t Forget Their Roots at the Warfield – By will-reisman – August 3, 2017 – California News

Back in 2014, I wrote a story trying to explain the widespread comedic influence of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the duo behind Adult Swim’s absurdist, brilliant (and ridiculously-titled) Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

Upon review, none of the cogent points I wanted to emphasize — about how every zany Old Spice television commercial or irreverent new comedy sketch had the footprints of Tim and Eric — came through in the article. (I blame the Examiner’s 400-word count cap, along with my longstanding inability to articulate my thoughts and the fact that I can’t write.)

Still, I felt some form of (probably unjustified) vindication when the Gray Lady herself published a piece about Tim and Eric’s outsized impact on the comedy world. The New York Times’ article touched upon the many points I never got to in my story, about how Tim and Eric’s longtime commitment to their craft — a strange combination of over-the-top slapdash humor, uncomfortable lo-fi theatrics, and gross out jokes — has resulted in a slew of imitators and would-be successors.

For a duo that specializes in such outré offerings, it is almost unfathomable that Tim and Eric carry such authority nowadays. So, it must seem a little strange for the duo’s legion of longtime followers to suddenly share their comic heroes with others, but fortunately for those devotees, Tim and Eric have not forgotten their roots.

They came through town in the midst of their 10-Year Anniversary Tour, and it became clear from the onset that their performance at the Warfield Theatre on Wednesday was geared toward the fans who have been there for the entire decade.

From trotting out opener DJ…

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