created the television shows Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
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iamTimHeidecker361 karma2012-10-26 21:03:02 UTC
also please join reddit/r/timanderic
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SexBoob314 karma2012-10-26 20:06:27 UTC
Can you explain why adding an 's' to a celebrity's name or terribly mispronouncing it is so funny? IE Donald Trumps
iamTimHeidecker711 karma2012-10-26 20:42:23 UTC
it just is.
BearLasso298 karma2012-10-26 20:25:00 UTC
Do you ever have trouble not laughing on set when you do anything with John C. Reily as Steve Brule?
iamTimHeidecker458 karma2012-10-26 20:59:19 UTC
hands are always firmly over our mouths.
marjoriefish291 karma2012-10-26 20:52:41 UTC
Is the "my son, Spray" sketch a real prank call?
iamTimHeidecker378 karma2012-10-26 21:07:17 UTC
seeingeyehamster211 karma2012-10-26 19:54:10 UTC
Obviously, as everyone else has said, I'm a huge fan. You inspired me kill the status quo and question life. I have a fucking ton of questions for you, but I'll just stick to one:
Do you believe there's a common personality trait among fans of your comedy, or just absurdism in general? I guess I ask this because some people just get it, and some people don't. Why do I--and all these guys here--like your stuff? Why does it speak to us?
Once again, you're so awesome... thanks again for everything you've done. You've inspired me in so many ways, and I'll be forever grateful for that.
iamTimHeidecker347 karma2012-10-26 20:16:26 UTC
thanks for the kind words. our fans tend to be slightly artistic, musical or creative types IN GENERAL.. but we've seen literally ALL types. I think like any comedy i like - it's something that makes you feel like you're not alone in the world.
iamTimHeidecker188 karma2012-10-26 21:14:49 UTC
Thanks guys! That was fun! what a smart bunch!
sorry if i missed you but i tried not to answer the same question twice sort of thing... love you and support "The Comedy" if you feel up for it.
mattseesyou175 karma2012-10-26 19:48:33 UTC
any chance of some tim and eric night live in 2013???
iamTimHeidecker272 karma2012-10-26 20:03:11 UTC
i would really like to do that. was really fun. we'll see.
str8edgeteacher164 karma2012-10-26 19:51:09 UTC
Is Pusswhip Banggang ever releasing a full album ? Flip me the bird, please.
iamTimHeidecker184 karma2012-10-26 20:27:10 UTC
tried to get that going - no interest!
bosephh159 karma2012-10-26 19:51:30 UTC
Any chance we can see your work in the advertising realm again? I am certainly not a fan of Absolut vodka but I definitely drank it for about 3 weekends because of your now famous ad campaign.
iamTimHeidecker175 karma2012-10-26 20:10:49 UTC
i'm sure we'll direct more commercials. not the most fun thing to do but hard to say no unless it's for something truly awful.
doodzrool154 karma2012-10-26 19:51:14 UTC
Does it annoy you when fans just quote you your own lines constantly?
iamTimHeidecker469 karma2012-10-26 20:10:04 UTC
not really. but it's nicer when the quotes go deep - i don't need to hear about Chippy anymore.
_voiddd141 karma2012-10-26 19:52:18 UTC
How did the Dr. Steve Brule segment get started?
iamTimHeidecker264 karma2012-10-26 20:13:51 UTC
john came in to do a voice on TGTTM and he saw a board we had up for Awesome Show ideas. he was curious and had the idea of doing a news doctor character - Brule was born!
shrim51137 karma2012-10-26 20:07:35 UTC
Let us see the candid footage of Gary Buesy you guys have!!
iamTimHeidecker310 karma2012-10-26 20:44:43 UTC
when he croaks.
iamTimHeidecker136 karma2012-10-26 21:02:09 UTC
i'll do another 15 mins ok?
custerdome123 karma2012-10-26 20:07:46 UTC
iamTimHeidecker339 karma2012-10-26 20:45:32 UTC
i am not productive on pot so it's more of a chill situation for me. legalize it of course. so dumb not to.
_voiddd114 karma2012-10-26 19:53:11 UTC
Any details about your new show? Is it going to be similar to Awesome Show or is it something completely different?
iamTimHeidecker175 karma2012-10-26 20:14:28 UTC
pretty different i think
StewieBanana111 karma2012-10-26 20:11:21 UTC
I think you're hilarious in you're small roles where you play a straight edge guy. I was laughing hysterically at every scene you were in, in Bridesmaids and no one in the theater understood what was so funny. Was that your intention when you took on that role?
iamTimHeidecker148 karma2012-10-26 20:50:09 UTC
not really, but i guess that credit goes to the director for thinking that would be funny to some people.
mannermule108 karma2012-10-26 19:50:49 UTC
Who is your favorite person to work with? either in awesome show, check it out, tom goes to the mayor.. anything really!
iamTimHeidecker433 karma2012-10-26 20:08:58 UTC
larsty87 karma2012-10-26 20:10:12 UTC
Hi Tim, my co-worker has an unhealthy crush on you. How do I proceed? (she is cute and smart)
iamTimHeidecker269 karma2012-10-26 20:47:34 UTC
tell her you know me.
killerDLS82 karma2012-10-26 19:54:55 UTC
The podcasts you do with Duncan Trussell are amazing and have me laughing the whole time. Do you plan them or improv them?
iamTimHeidecker101 karma2012-10-26 20:16:52 UTC
fully scripted. no - improv and not discussed ahead of time. but we know our roles.
fire-sumo69 karma2012-10-26 19:56:16 UTC
Do you know why David Liebe-Hart hates you guys so much?
iamTimHeidecker163 karma2012-10-26 20:19:40 UTC
NUGGETRY42066 karma2012-10-26 19:59:14 UTC
can we be expecting more tim and eric specials/episodes soon?
iamTimHeidecker160 karma2012-10-26 20:31:03 UTC
iJaysus64 karma2012-10-26 20:01:22 UTC
How much piss can you drink in one sitting?
iamTimHeidecker233 karma2012-10-26 20:33:04 UTC
as much as i can.
TehSexualNinja64 karma2012-10-26 19:34:07 UTC
Hi Tim, thanks for doing another AMA.
What led to your involvement in The Comedy?
iamTimHeidecker143 karma2012-10-26 19:58:09 UTC
I met Rick after a mutual friend asked if I had any interest in being in a movie. I said “sure” and Rick and I talked on the phone. Rick explained to me the movie he wanted to make - he wanted to explore the lives of upperclass, listless, middle-aged hipsters living in brooklyn and capture the way they talk and behave in a way that hadn’t been done properly. Rick also said he wanted to cast comics and people who knew each other so the interactions would seem as genuine as possible. He wanted Eric in it and Gregg Turkington. I thought the whole thing sounded a bit ambitious and the idea of Eric and I both acting in a “non-Tim and Eric” thing might be a bit confusing... but I was willing to hear him out some more. Then he send Eric and I a copy of his film “New Jerusalem” which really blew us both away. We looked at each other and said “this guy means business.”
molemon62 karma2012-10-26 19:46:36 UTC
How do your parents feel about your comedy?
iamTimHeidecker169 karma2012-10-26 20:02:01 UTC
generally supportive - i don't think they like ALL of it, especially the sex stuff.
divafrenchie55 karma2012-10-26 20:10:30 UTC
I clearly love your work, and all of my friends think I am a weirdo because of that. Well maybe it's also because of my random Tim and Eric memorabilia around my living room. You signed an Awesome Show dvd for my outside the back of Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY a couple years ago. Anyways, I was wondering... That sex scene in B$M... Did your wife get jealous of your moves?! Or did she think you blew it???
iamTimHeidecker117 karma2012-10-26 20:47:49 UTC
she BLEW it off! come on!
JensLekmanVEVO50 karma2012-10-26 20:03:35 UTC
I've always been amazed at the guests you have on Awesome Show, particularly David Liebe Hart. How do you find these odd people?
iamTimHeidecker87 karma2012-10-26 20:38:02 UTC
mostly auditions but DLH came from Public Access.
ebbv49 karma2012-10-26 20:04:22 UTC
Tim, I seem to remember that a long time ago before you guys got famous you posted on the Something Awful forums sharing your videos up to that point. Is this correct or am I imagining it? I seem to remember that I didn't get it and probably posted something saying this shit isn't funny. I would like to apologize and say I was completely wrong and I was probably just grumpy that day.
Also I am looking forward to finally watching the Comedy.
iamTimHeidecker69 karma2012-10-26 20:39:09 UTC
yelleknave46 karma2012-10-26 19:56:18 UTC
Tim, What is your favorite memory on and off set with Eric?
iamTimHeidecker184 karma2012-10-26 20:20:05 UTC
our 3 weeks in Baja. just 2 dudes on dune buggies.
eggtoastkid45 karma2012-10-26 20:45:20 UTC
Is it weird seeing Bob Odenkirk in Breaking Bad playing such a serious role? Whenever I hear him discussing money laundering, all i can think of is "It's Brule's rules! With Dr. Steve Brule!" (Cue sax intro)
iamTimHeidecker101 karma2012-10-26 21:09:36 UTC
no. bob's a talent and he can do anything!
shrim5144 karma2012-10-26 20:02:18 UTC
The Comedy is the first film you've acted in without being the director. Was that more or less difficult?
iamTimHeidecker65 karma2012-10-26 20:34:46 UTC
in this case it was less difficult - rick was amazing and i really trusted he knew what he was doing.
niteowl100043 karma2012-10-26 20:07:16 UTC
In your college days how did other students react to you and Eric's projects? Did you get flack from any professors for the Lobsters In Film video?
iamTimHeidecker99 karma2012-10-26 20:44:14 UTC
students hated it but proffs loved it, god bless em!
Jackandahalfass43 karma2012-10-26 20:02:08 UTC
Why don't you let the real cinematic genius of Gregg Turkington turn "On Cinema" back to its original mission? You are way off base with all this political nonsense and i'd love to just get it back to what it was, talking about enjoyable and wonderful movies. C'mon, what gives?
iamTimHeidecker70 karma2012-10-26 20:34:22 UTC
WhatNoww41 karma2012-10-26 20:03:58 UTC
You probably get asked this a lot, but what was it like when you first met Eric? Was the connection great right off the bat, or did it take a while to know each other?
iamTimHeidecker71 karma2012-10-26 20:38:36 UTC
we connected thru humor
Rob_Saget39 karma2012-10-26 19:58:20 UTC
Any chance you'll be making another B$M?
iamTimHeidecker73 karma2012-10-26 20:29:15 UTC
jvdbization37 karma2012-10-26 20:05:38 UTC
Tim, thanks for all the laughs.
Ok so we know about people like Eric, Bob, and Doug who've played large roles in your success story. Is there anyone, that people may be less aware of, that you feel influenced your career positively and deserves more twitter followers??
iamTimHeidecker90 karma2012-10-26 20:41:11 UTC
there's a woman at Cartoon Network named Khaki Jones - good friends with Mike Lazzo who saw our stuff and really pushed Mike to watch it. She's huge in our career!
theHappySquirrel36 karma2012-10-26 19:35:21 UTC
Hi Tim, big fan and grateful you're doing this again. I still consider the show I went to see in Austin for the Tour the most fun I've had. Now for the questions.
Why do you think other comedians are so drawn to you and Eric's style of comedy?
What are your favorite and least favorite skits from Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!?
Who was the hardest to work with during the show not named Tommy Wiseau?
Your favorite story with Richard Dunn?
iamTimHeidecker134 karma2012-10-26 20:01:07 UTC
usually doesn't work.
i don't do favorites.
Busey - no question. TGTTM
Oh man, richard was just the best. We goofed around with him a bit but it always in good fun. he visited us at the office a lot and i really do miss him. DON'T SMOKE U GUYS!
aspoo534 karma2012-10-26 20:12:20 UTC
Thanks for being here, first of all thanks for being here.
Who will you be voting for in this year's election, Bop Bop or Bill Clinton?
Great job on the AMA!
iamTimHeidecker60 karma2012-10-26 20:51:18 UTC
[deleted]28 karma2012-10-26 20:10:43 UTC
I just watched The Comedy and I think I liked it, though to be honest I think it's still sinking in. While it explored this upperclass character well enough, it seemed more so to deal with (ironically) the inherent tragic nature of life itself, seeing this character confront death and sickness, as well as generally trying to find his place in the world, really only coming to the conclusion that perhaps youth and innocence is a good thing. Your character spends so much time on his boat, only to find himself wresting the waves at the beach alongside a child by the end.
My point is, what's the meaning of life?
iamTimHeidecker41 karma2012-10-26 20:48:06 UTC
you just nailed it.
kdar28 karma2012-10-26 19:37:01 UTC
Tim, Can't wait to see The Comedy!
I have a question about your graphic design work on Awesome Show. Is it something you and Eric participate in? Do you pick your own jokerman fonts and liquify your own frowny faces? Some of the design work seems like a character in itself on Awesome Show.
Bonus: anything else on the horizon for Heidecker & Wood?
iamTimHeidecker44 karma2012-10-26 20:24:21 UTC
It's a combination of our artists and editors and us coming in to comment and work with - eric and i established our aesthetic early on so that creates a framework.
GhostDadTheWhip27 karma2012-10-26 19:55:31 UTC
Is it true that the Tim and Gelman project is becoming a FX series with the same deal as Louie?
iamTimHeidecker95 karma2012-10-26 20:18:34 UTC
yes. same deal. same time slot.
iamTimHeidecker155 karma2012-10-26 20:18:42 UTC
Scrapple_Satchel27 karma2012-10-26 20:21:45 UTC
Do not steal from this man. My friend tried to torrent The Comedy and watch it last night only to find it was not quite the movie. I thought that was very well played. Whose idea was it to release that?
iamTimHeidecker69 karma2012-10-26 20:58:32 UTC
can't remember but feel really good about that prank.
Deathreap3r26 karma2012-10-26 19:48:18 UTC
Are there any skits in Awesome Show that embarrass you?
iamTimHeidecker70 karma2012-10-26 19:59:21 UTC
no. maybe the boogs.
MrTibbs25 karma2012-10-26 19:48:59 UTC
Hi Tim- How would you describe your relationship to mainstream media? Do you think of yourself outside of it? Do you aspire to wider recognition? Does it ever veer into antipathy? Do you ever think of it at all?
iamTimHeidecker96 karma2012-10-26 20:05:04 UTC
most of it i can't really take - but i like a lot of popular stuff - like all the great dramas on TV right now - what can you do? i'll never understand what makes some things popular and other things not - i would like to see people come out of the super hero / chilren's lowest common denominator phase we've been in for a while tho.
[deleted]24 karma2012-10-26 20:09:24 UTC
Your comedy always seems to be a hyper intelligent spoof of media and the transmission of ideas, mocking the medium itself.
How would you spoof yourself? That is to say, turning your lens back on the role of this comic, what would a sketch mocking Tim and Eric look like?
iamTimHeidecker65 karma2012-10-26 20:46:27 UTC
i think it'd be easy to spoof us now that we've created so much - the onion did it very well when they had obama doing all this comedy. look that up.
NinjaOtters24 karma2012-10-26 20:01:23 UTC
Pretend I'm lame and have never heard of or seen any of your work. What would you say to convince me I should go watch THE COMEDY?
iamTimHeidecker139 karma2012-10-26 20:33:13 UTC
i'm in it.
hifibry24 karma2012-10-26 19:50:35 UTC
What was it like working with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem)? Is he truly a funny guy?
iamTimHeidecker44 karma2012-10-26 20:08:39 UTC
THE funniest man i've ever met. no, james was cool, nice guy. was fun to talk music with him most.
stepuncle24 karma2012-10-26 20:36:12 UTC
Your character in The Comedy seems to share a lot of your comic sensibility. My question is: what is something in the movie that Swanson finds funny, but Tim Heidecker does not?
iamTimHeidecker63 karma2012-10-26 21:12:55 UTC
Shezzington23 karma2012-10-26 20:00:28 UTC
Hello Tim, I'm a huge fan, thanks for doing this AMA, great job. You da man. Two questions for ya there, partner:
1) Do you remember the skeleton key I got you for moo-moo day last week?
2) Can we ever expect to see Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie PART 2?
I wish ya the best,
iamTimHeidecker43 karma2012-10-26 20:31:55 UTC
i think we'd like to take a stab at TDM
sick_transit21 karma2012-10-26 19:59:12 UTC
Hey Tim, I know you and Neil Hamburger do a lot of shows together. What's he like offstage and not in persona?
iamTimHeidecker70 karma2012-10-26 20:30:55 UTC
goarlorde20 karma2012-10-26 20:00:59 UTC
Do you regret making "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" for any reason, financial or otherwise?
iamTimHeidecker65 karma2012-10-26 20:32:18 UTC
Navasink19 karma2012-10-26 20:06:30 UTC
The Comedy really hit home with me. I've been dealing with anxiety and more importantly depersonalization, or DISASSOCIATION. Does Swanson have any disorders? He must have brushed his teeth 5 times in the film - was that on purpose? I can see him being desensitized due to his upbringing and more so from dealing with his dying father. Great job, Tim. So much respect for what you and Eric do.
iamTimHeidecker28 karma2012-10-26 20:42:51 UTC
thanks. i think you're onto something there. it's something Rick is interested in as well.
totallymorgan19 karma2012-10-26 20:01:24 UTC
How do you decide when to be "in character" and when not to be? Some interviews are clearly jokes, some are real, etc. Is there an overall meta-joke to all of this or is it case by case?
iamTimHeidecker65 karma2012-10-26 20:33:43 UTC
almost all interviews on camera are "in character" mostly so its entertaining for US!
bleecake16 karma2012-10-26 19:44:51 UTC
I listened to the commentary you did for The Comedy (which I love, btw) and you and Rick mentioned a lot of cut footage. Can we expect to see some of it on the DVD release? What other stuff might be included? Thanks!
iamTimHeidecker38 karma2012-10-26 20:01:32 UTC
i hope so!
dame_condor15 karma2012-10-26 19:50:10 UTC
Hi Tim, gigantic fan of yours since I started watching Tom Goes in 2004. I know Eric has briefly mentioned the possibility of a new show in the works revolving around an apocalyptic subject; can you verify this at all, or add to this claim? Can't wait to see the both of you live again, and am also about to view The Comedy, soon. Keep doing what you do best, it has gotten me through some incredibly difficult periods of my life and you guys are some of the only people I idolize.
iamTimHeidecker95 karma2012-10-26 20:06:26 UTC
pilot written for FX and passed on. We are now developing a few show ideas over at the only real place to make television in america. good old Adult Swim.
itsbengordon14 karma2012-10-26 19:47:26 UTC
I saw THE COMEDY with a friend of mine, and he came out of the movie with a unique perspective. He found a lot to admire in Swanson because the character wasn’t constrained by anyone else’s rules or expectations. My question is: do you see positive traits in Swanson or his behavior? It seems easy to brush his actions off as deplorable, but also kind of lazy to disregard his humanity.
I love this film and how it challenges its audience. You and Rick Alverson did a tremendous job.
Also, I’m probably wrong but I think those sandwich cookies are pretty important.
Thank you Tim!
iamTimHeidecker34 karma2012-10-26 19:59:06 UTC
I don't really see any positive traits in his behavior. But I think it has to be taken in context and understand that a lot of the things he's saying he probably doesn't really believe - he's just trying to get a rise out of people
jamescameronisokay14 karma2012-10-26 20:01:33 UTC
Thanks for all the laughs, Tim. What's the craziest thing you've either seen or done at a party?
iamTimHeidecker35 karma2012-10-26 20:34:09 UTC
hmmm - i'm pretty reserved at parties.
roardinasaur13 karma2012-10-26 19:56:49 UTC
Hi Tim! Obviously your brand of humor is very subversive/polarizing, and isn't for everyone. For people who are trying to make it in the comedy industry and have similarly dark/alienating aesthetics, what advice would you give? In other words, how did you get your work noticed/on TV without compromising your comedic sensibility? Hope my question is clear, thanks!
iamTimHeidecker24 karma2012-10-26 20:21:55 UTC
it's clear but a long answer which we're talking about our beginings in a lot of interviews - check out our AV club interviews and there should be a good account of how we got started.
rogereggbert12 karma2012-10-26 20:01:12 UTC
What influence has David Lynch had on you? I noticed in the episode in which Casey goes missing the use of flashlights in Steve Mahanahan's van was similar to a scene in Fire Walk With Me. Any other references you've slipped in there?
iamTimHeidecker35 karma2012-10-26 20:32:54 UTC
we get Lynch a lot and i kind of think we're influenced by him but also parodying him a bit as well. kind of mix.
robint2212 karma2012-10-26 20:05:37 UTC
iamTimHeidecker59 karma2012-10-26 20:40:31 UTC
yes - robin told me it was the right move.
LouLePore11 karma2012-10-26 20:17:10 UTC
What is one of your favorite made up words or names you have ever made?
Some of my favorites are Bilb Ono and all the variations of Dingus you do.
You da man,
iamTimHeidecker39 karma2012-10-26 20:55:47 UTC
Bilb Ono was based on an intern we had named bill bono! the first name Sack is pretty funny. I think naming one of our characters Diarrhea Jones was about as dumb and great as something can get.
tworeeler10 karma2012-10-26 19:58:39 UTC
Hi, Tim. I was wondering if you'd seen Harmony Korine's short film "Blue Lotus Community Center", and if so, what is your opinion? Are you a Val Kilmer fan?
iamTimHeidecker17 karma2012-10-26 20:30:13 UTC
have not -
gigashadowwolf9 karma2012-10-26 20:54:05 UTC
If I am being completely honest, my friends and I all hated your show and couldn't understand why it was on cartoon network when it first started. Your show, Saul of the Molemen and the Mighty Boosh all melded into one why the fuck are these awful live-action programs on Cartoon Network.
Then my girlfriend made me watch the Tim and Eric Billion Dollar movie and suddenly your show became hilarious to me. My friends still don't like you and I have been trying to convert them.
Which brings me to my two questions:
Why is this? Did I go mad? Was it the healing power of the Shrim? It was the Shrim wasn't it?
Why are these live action shows on Cartoon Network? Did you guys suck Space Ghost's Balls? Did you guys threaten to piss in the Adult Swim pool?
iamTimHeidecker47 karma2012-10-26 21:07:04 UTC
it's nice to hear from a convert. i can never understand the hatred but then i remember how i feel about Russell Brand.
sealcouch9 karma2012-10-26 19:50:31 UTC
Hello Tim! Thanks for doing this.
I've been a long time Tim and Eric fan and just this morning I watched The Comedy.
While it was a dark comedy, it had some very touching moments. You were excellent in creating a character that I was able to equal parts love and loathe. It was a fantastic performance.
Do you see yourself doing more serious roles, or would you say that you belong in comedy?
Also, what's next for you? Just in general.
iamTimHeidecker23 karma2012-10-26 20:07:42 UTC
I'll do whatever I'm asked to do that seems interesting.
dontbannme8 karma2012-10-26 20:12:50 UTC
What's it like working with the esteemed and well known Mr. James Quall?
iamTimHeidecker13 karma2012-10-26 20:51:29 UTC
He's a treat.
SeriousJones7 karma2012-10-26 20:08:31 UTC
What happened with "The New Big Ball with Neil Hamburger?"
iamTimHeidecker17 karma2012-10-26 20:45:48 UTC
it just didn't work. not everything can.
frontbuttt4 karma2012-10-26 20:17:07 UTC
Hi Tim, Big fan since way-back-when etc.
My question: Between this new film, the episode of T&E:AS,GJ! titled "Comedy", your stand-up act, and the shorts with Gelman - it seems you have a pretty low opinion of what mostly constitutes COMEDY... How/When did you form this opinion, and how do you see your role in shaping the medium?
Follow up: Can I be your intern? I've submitted my resume a few times, but don't think you were bringing people on. I'll do whatever you need me to (carry weights, stay up late, y'name it!)
iamTimHeidecker12 karma2012-10-26 20:54:41 UTC
i LOVE comedy but tend to goof of the slimy, hacky "in it for the wrong reasons" elements of it. i'm drawn to pathetic, sad characters and there are tons of that in comedy world.
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