Eric Andre is a comic nihilist who mocks talk shows on his Adult Swim program in an even crazier way than Tom Green, Space Ghost or Jiminy Glick could ever imagine.
The first moments of season two involve Eric ransacking his own set (at times, naked) and beating on one of his band members for no reason. He later dresses up as a "Statue of Liberty" promoter at Rockefeller Center who has a knack for yakkin' and peein' on himself. Then "Haven" actor Eric Balfour tells him: "How do expect to ever have a career doing this?"
In other words, "The Eric Andre Show" is very much the same. Credit Adult Swim for giving Andre, yes, an actual career.
"Same amount of nudity," he said at Adult Swim headquarters on Williams Street recently. (He was in town to shoot a part for a pilot for HBO about journalists.) "Still a talk show with man on the street segments. More stream of consciousness."
He said he doesn't parse his show out academically. "I don't overthink things. I just do whatever makes me laugh," he said. "We do lots of puke humor. We still laugh at farts."
As for all the crashing into stuff? "I'm a masochist," he said. "I punish myself."
He is shooting in 16:9 perspective for the first time. "Comedy is harder this way because there's more information on the screen," he said.
Getting celebrities to join in the wackiness is easier now that his booker can show them what the show is. He'll do interviews for 45 minutes to an hour and whittle them down to two minutes. He doesn't do a lot of research because he's playing "an uninformed talk-show host."
Among the guests this season: "Lost" star Dominic Monaghan, Lance Reddick from "The Wire," Mel B from "America's Got Talent" and Questlove from the Roots. Tonight's episode also features TV host Maria Menounos, who giggles a lot. One of his heros from childhood Henry Rollins even shows up.
Plus, he somehow managed to get actress Kristen Ritter from "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23," a show he starred in last year on ABC that got cancelled. "I had to work through her reps," he cracked.
Andre grew up in Boca Raton, Fla. "The most boring place in the world," he declared. He got out at age 18 and attended Berklee School of Music in Boston. ("A waste of money," he said.)
He has since been doing stand-up, with the occasional TV role. He celebrated his 30th birthday with a big party featuring a camel, a horse and a goat. He also hired two mall Santa Clauses and a 300-pound stripper. "We all crammed into a little apartment," he said.
"The Eric Andre Show," Wednesday nights, 12:30 a.m., Adult Swim