Wednesday, February 29 by

Interview: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, And A Bag Of Magic Mushrooms (Video)

Normally I dread doing interviews for press junkets. Why should I bother showing up to ask stupid questions that have already been asked a dozen times before, especially when bigger outlets are going to drown out anything interesting I might manage to glean. But when I was asked if I wanted to take part in an interview with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (in theaters March 2nd), I couldn’t pass up the chance. And it went about as I expected.

Right off the bat, the pair seemed bored with my questions (not that I blame them, especially considering I was the second-to-last interview of the day). So rather than continue out of common courtesy like a normal person would do, the pair launched into a bizarre improv scene for an audience of one (me) in which Eric acted like he had been spiked with magic mushrooms, Tim acted like nothing was wrong, and I was left to continue asking questions like the asshole I am.

On the one hand, it was extremely awkward and intimidating to have a giant like Eric Wareheim sitting doggie style on a chair staring at me with crazy eyes while his partner eyed me with contempt. But on the other hand, it turned out better than any interview I’ve ever attempted, and probably better than any interview I’ll ever attempt. So thanks, Tim and Eric.

And for anyone who actually cares about what was discussed:

  • Robert Loggia was already familiar with their work since he had been on Tom Goes To The Mayor.
  • David Liebe Hart is not homeless, but certainly has a “drifter quality.”
  • The pair had to make some tough choices about which Awesome Show! regulars to use, and they hope to use those who were left out in future projects.
  • There will never be a Tom Goes To The Mayor movie because they have no interest in it.
  • For the most part, their rabid fan base has been respectful of their privacy, and has not crossed any lines.
  • Tim has no idea who would win a shrimp eating contest between the two, and doesn’t care because it’s a stupid question (Thanks to the guys at Double Viking for suggesting that one).