‘Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie’ Sets Out to Change American Comedy

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are a couple of goofy weirdos known best for their insane Adult Swim show Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Also, they’ve done quite a few memorable bits for Funny or Die. Their humor is absurdist, their show is short, low budget, and very hand crafted; and they’re one of those things that either you find funny or you just don’t. Personally, I enjoy a lot of what they do, and a lot of other people must too, because somebody has given them a bunch of money to make a feature.

Check out the cast: Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, and William Atherton. Yes, that’s right, THE Robert Loggia; the guy from the orange juice commercial. Either this cast is making you roll your eyes in disgust right now, or it’s making you jump for joy. If you’re sick of watching these guys goof around you should probably stop reading. Just move on to something else. But if you’re like me and you love most of these stupid jerks, continue on to read some quotes from Eric.

The plot of the film is simple enough. Tim and Eric’s on screen personas are given a billion dollars to make a movie, and you follow their efforts. I imagine it will not come off without a hitch, and that somehow one Dr. Steve Brule will become involved. Whatever the particulars of the story, this film is sure to become the most beloved movie of all time. Wareheim explains its importance, “As principal shooting begins on a film that will change American comedy … I just hope that the Academy is watching and they get on this boat early, because it’s been a while since the Academy awarded the Best Picture Oscar to a comedy.” Clearly he wasn’t watching the year Crash won.

Wareheim went on, “It’s long past due, but this film offers the Academy the perfect opportunity to award a Best Picture film to a comedy and maybe even preemptively. I don’t know how that works, but we could be looking at a situation where the Oscar is awarded before the film is released.” The change in protocol would be drastic, but if any film were important enough to make it happen, it would be one that cost a billion dollars. And that sounds like a ceremony that even James Franco wouldn’t have a chance to get bored hosting.

Principal photography started last Friday, but they dunno when the film will be released. What say you? Can Tim and Eric extend their fifteen-minute freak-outs to feature length and keep the whole thing funny? Or is this going to turn out to be a train wreck?

Source: The Wrap

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