WHAT: Tim and Eric Awesome Tour!
WHEN: Thursday Jan 22.
WHERE: Pantages Theatre
“You guys have a f-cked up sense of humor,” Tim Heidecker told the crowd of last week’s “Tim and Eric Awesome Tour 2009” at the Pantages Theatre. Just before, Tim and Eric had created and given themselves “The Prince Award” for best Minneapolis comedy routine. The routine was called “Diarrhea,” and involved the two dancing in golden, glittery body suits that hid nothing. Those familiar with Tim and Eric have come to expect plenty of dancing in revealing body suits from the duo.
The performance was a compilation of some of the highlights of the 12-minute Adult Swim show “Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!” which is written by and named after Heidecker and his best friend Eric Wareheim. And last Thursday night, the Pantages was packed with fans, dressed up and dancing in the aisle, all eager to see the kind of humor so unique to “The Tim and Eric” show.
How did you get the idea to start touring the show?
Eric: Tim and I started playing in a band in Philadelphia before we started doing any TV shows and we’ve always loved the live energy of it and we kind of pitched it as a promotional thing to get people interested in the show and also for the experience Tim and I could have being rock stars in front of these kids. It’s a totally different kind of experience than it is doing it for TV.
Tim: It’s much broader and it’s very musical. My friend in L.A. described (the live performance) as watching the circus. It’s meant to be spectacular and stupid and outrageous.
How has the tour been going so far?
Eric: Some of the towns we’ve never been to before so we kind of don’t know what the reaction is going to be like, but at the last day people bought tons of tickets and make it a crazy awesome show. It’s been like that every single town.
Tim: Yeah, every year we go out and there are more people. It’s weird to see sort of the same kind of person all over the country coming to your show, (realizing) that they kind of exist nation-wide.
How has the tour changed since you started a few years ago?
Tim: Well, we started doing small rock clubs and we realized that that’s very challenging because we kind of create this show that belongs on Broadway or something. There are a lot of these costume changes and these small rock clubs just didn’t have backstage (areas) or didn’t have bathrooms backstage. There are all these kinds of accommodations that make it very challenging to do. On this tour, we are playing a little more legitimate theaters, which makes it a little more reasonable on our end.
Eric: For example, in Chicago we played we played the Empty Bottle and Tim and I were literally trapped in a broom closet that was maybe six feet by four feet for about two hours.
Where do you get the ideas for your show, like the musical skit “Petite Feet”?
Eric: Many of the bits in our show come from us goofing around and making fun of each other. The petite feet song was when we were actually making fun of one of our camera guys because his steps sounded so much like a woman’s. So literally that song spawned out of that moment.
Do you have any advice for us college kids, especially those in film school?
Eric: Yeah, make a lot of work and start befriending kids that are motivated and responsible and want to make work. Make a collective and start putting stuff on the Internet. It’s the only thing you can really do at that stage. Just try to make stuff that you can call your own.
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