For the latest “Why So Serious?” we talked to absurdist comedy duo Tim and Eric, of Adult Swim’s “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!”
The pair, who recently wrapped Season 5 of their surreal sketch show, headline the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 9 as part of their “Chrimbus Spectacular” — a tour promoting their hour-long Adult Swim special of the same name.
We were also joined on our phone interview by “Awesome Show” regular David Leibe Hart, whose obsession with aliens, women and creepy puppets makes him one of the show’s most compellingly bizarre (and utterly non sequitur) characters.
Your upcoming “Chrimbus Spectacular” (on Adult Swim on Dec. 5) is an hour in length, which is nearly as long as a half season “Awesome Show.” Was it a challenge to put together, given the short-form way you normally work?
Tim: We paced it out a little bit so it isn’t quite as crazy as a normal episode. It’s built around a classic variety show-style of Christmas special that we all grew up seeing, but we did a couple things different. One is the production value, which is something bigger than we’ve ever tried to do before. And we wanted to just bring all of our favorite characters from the show and put them out there.
David Liebe Hart: I’m so honored to be here. I cannot stop praising Tim and Eric for them giving me a chance. If it wasn’t for them I’m not sure what I’d be doing! They are truly gentlemen.
OK… So what’s next for you guys now that “Awesome Show” has run its course?
Eric: We’re working on “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie,” which is set to start shooting in February. It’s produced by Gary Sanchez Productions (operated by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) and and starring some really great guys.
Tim: We’re having David in consideration for one of the parts. (“Awesome Show” regular James) Quall has a part, maybe Denise Gray, John C. Reilly. It’s a narrative structure, so we’re not making a sketch movie but a making a movie-movie. Tim and Eric get a billion dollars to make a movie, and things don’t go quite as planned…
David Liebe Hart: I’m honored to be up for one of the parts in the movie. People will be able to see me in it when it’s finished.
What’s different about this “Chrimbus Spectacular” tour over the last tour you guys did?
Eric: The big difference is that our band Pusswhip Banggang is playing a full rock set, it’s me and Tim and a bunch of our musician friends of ours. It’s just going to be a fun, loud dance party.
Tim: We’re not just doing the Pusswhip Banggang. We’ll have a bunch of new videos, characters and a set from our friend Neil Hamburger.
David: I will not be there.
What else are you working on these days?
Eric: What we’re working on right now is the Season 5 DVD and “Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule on DVD. So we’ll probably release the “Chrimbus” DVD and Season 5 next year.
David Liebe Hart: I apologize for not being there in person but at least I’m going to be there on the screen on TV. There used to be a beautiful girl named Linda Bolton Howell and she’s a beautiful white rose and she was part of the UFO cult.
Thanks David… So it seems like you guys are staying pretty busy despite the show being over?
Eric: We are and we love it. We like running this place like a factory and trying to put out as much from our garbage minds as possible. We don’t really trust many people with (our comedic tone) so we prefer to have everything kind of coming out of our own office.
David: Thank you for the opportunity and I want to thank everyone who has supported me. I miss you all.
Tickets for Tim and Eric’s “Chrimbus Spectacular” on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Ogden Theatre are $25.
John Wenzel is an executive editor of Reverb and an award-winning A&E reporter for The Denver Post. His book “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny” was recently published by Speck Press. He also maintains a Twitter feed of completely random song titles and band names.