Alive's exclusive interview with Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim of "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" The pair are performing tonight at the Newport.
Names: Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim
Hometowns: Heidecker, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Wareheim, Wilmington, Delaware
Years in Comedy: 18
How did you guys meet?
Wareheim: At Comedy College. We met as enemies but then we became good friends.
You used to play in bands in Philadelphia. Why the switch to comedy?
Heidecker: For profitability. We were sort of in the jazz circuit, playing soul bars, nightclubs and stuff like that. It was really getting grim because there was [no] money there. We kind of redirected our energy towards writing sitcoms, and that just sort of led to this.
Why the live version of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!?
Wareheim: Tim and I were musicians before this, and we love getting out there, and it also helped promote [our Adult Swim] show. Essentially, it's a very different experience, a lot more theatrical.
Has anything surprised you about taking the TV show to the stage?
Heidecker: The reaction from the audience has been surprising. We bring people like James Quall and David Liebe Hart with us and the reaction they get is like Elvis Presley walking on stage. It's really amazing. They're treated like superstars.
Do you guys ever disagree on whether or not a bit is funny?
Wareheim: I would say around 95 percent of the time we're on the same page. Every now and then, one of us will have a little artistic vision, and we'll either be like, "I can't deal with that," or, "Yeah, go for it."
Is it tough finding people with your comic sensibilities?
Wareheim: We get a lot of great people working on the show. The editors really help out, the producers, our writers. It's a little community we created, which makes it a little bit different than more mainstream or conventional comedy. We sometimes give [the editors] footage when the writing is really bad; all it is are these silly performances of us dancing around.
Do they ever get upset with that?
Wareheim: Sometimes. But they're honored to be working with such talented luminaries.