|Premiere||May 20, 2012|
The Eric Andre Show is an American comedy television series on Adult Swim. The show premiered in the United States on May 20, 2012, and is a parody of low-budget public-access talk shows. The series is hosted by comedian Eric Andre along with comedian Hannibal Buress, who serves as André's sidekick. Gary Anthony Williams served as the announcer in the first season, being replaced by Tom Kane and Robert Smith in the second, and third through fourth seasons, respectively.
A total of episodes 40 have aired over the course of four seasons. On December 31, 2012, The Eric Andre Show aired a 45-minute live New Year's special, titled The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular.
Development and production
In a 2012 interview, Eric Andre mentioned being a big fan of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which was a major influence on him while developing the series. Before shooting Andre would re-watch several episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast in a row in order to "absorb as much Space Ghost" as he could. André would also ask executive producer and Adult Swim president Mike Lazzo several questions about the series, as he was an executive during its production run. To André's surprise Lazzo had no interest in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
In April 2013, it was announced that The Eric Andre Show had been renewed for another season, with a few of his former co-stars from the ABC show, Don't Trust the B----- in Apartment 23 making appearances as guests.
During season 1, the principal photography was done in an abandoned bodega in California. The painting of red rectangles in the set decoration also serves as the logo, emulated on the screen titling during shots with the band. The show is shot using old analog cameras, background music often from stock media, and low-budget titling effects to make it feel like a public-access show from the 1980s. All of the opening sequences for the show were filmed at the end of the shoot all at once over two and a half days. After being sick earlier in the week, André commented, "Fuck, it takes so much energy to break the set for that long." The desk at which André sits is constructed of drywall to make it easier to break during skits. A Jazz Band plays on the set during the introduction and transitions. Shots of the band are mostly pre-recorded with a few spoken lines and callbacks during on-stage skits.
With season 2, The Eric Andre Show changed to an HD Camera setup, a new set design and a new announcer. Because of the difficulties with gaining consent under California's regulations, some of the impromptu and hidden camera sketches had to be re-recorded in New York City. André also admitted to using tactics on real celebrities to make them visibly uncomfortable during the taping without informing them, stating that he would "put old, rotten clams under their seat before they come out, or heat ducts in their seats so they’re just sweltering."
- The Huffington Post, Eric Andre Talks His New Adult Swim Show That ABC Isn't 'Thrilled' About by Luippold, Ross, May 10, 2012
- The Huffington Post, 'The Eric Andre Show' Renewed For Season 2 On Adult Swim by Luippold, Ross,April 19, 2013
- Splitsider,Talking to Eric Andre About Season 2 of 'The Eric Andre Show' by Evans, Bradford,October 3, 2013