05-08-2012 02:23 AM
its not their presence of awkward moments most people dont get, its the fact that they as people are just not that funny. The office can pull of awkward and childish humor because they have TALENT.
Watch public access if you want to see pathetic adults acting like children
05-13-2012 02:00 PM - edited 05-13-2012 03:41 PM
The Office, the American version I'm familiar with anyway, portrays that categorical workplace tension pretty well at times. People see the humor and say, "oh look at that office setting. I have worked in an office. I know that feel." Most of the uncomfortability is derived from Michael Scott's insensitive comments to people in his branch, the kind of comments that would get you fired in an instant in real life. Michael is a self-proclaimed comic-genius with boldness and obliviousness and he only stops when it's too late. But I wouldn't say there's anything inherently childish about The Office's brand of humor, other than Michael's need to be needed and liked.
The difference between The Office's type of awkward and Tim & Eric's type of awkward is with The Office you know it's just a show and doesn't extend into real life. While with Tim & Eric (who basically play stylized versions of themselves), people are more often left asking, "Wait, what did I just watch, why am I watching this, are they serious, what?" There's not always something clearcut you can point at to bridge what you're seeing on Tim & Eric to familiar, real-life experiences.
But take Casey & His Brother, for example. Those sketches impact the viewer on a visceral level. It's a comedy show, but the set-up and execution of the sketch defies what would regularly constitute as A Joke. You want to turn away. It's gross. It's repulsive. It's affected you. It appeals to you on an emotional level.
Tim & Eric nurture the mystery of their intentions better, partly because with what they do laughter is not always the only appropriate response. Tim and Eric are more emotionally-assaulting and challenging.
05-16-2012 03:13 AM
It's definitely distinct!
Tim once said, when asked to describe their comedy, that there is nothing to say other than it's just "Tim and Eric" - he said he hopes someday this will be a universal term to describe this type of humour (and I agree, there's really no other way to describe it. It's very unique, imo). Eric once said in commentary, "A lot of double-chin humour", which, I think, is a sound observation.
Nonetheless, I can completely understand that we are in the minority, and that it's rare to find Tim and Eric friends. That's why AwesomeCon rules, I've never felt more at home in my life lol They changed my life, but I get that it doesn't have that effect on everyone. I will admit that I feel rather sorry for those who can't submit to the funnies, but to each their own.
05-16-2012 06:31 PM
05-18-2012 01:41 AM
in that same interview, tim talks about his "influences" and how they are mainly just people today, dads, cats, and late night commercials. ha ha
here, i'll just share it
05-18-2012 02:36 AM
That interview they did with Slashfilm is basically the only interview where they're not horsing around for 85% of everything, throwing things, ripping up posters, improvising.
It's good to seem them being earnest.
05-23-2012 03:40 PM
Does anyone know if T&E are involved with "it's a cartoon show" with professor z? I found it online and it seems like it might be either a copy of something they did or a underthe radar thing their doing.
05-24-2012 01:22 AM
Seriously? Tim and Eric fans (along with Eric Andre and Loiter Squad fans) are mistaking "sense of humor" with "serious meth addiction". There is nothing intelligent about these shows. They are ridiculous garbage. I wish AS would have just stuck with cartoons and would show more anime and other shows that required talent to create. The majority of their live-action shows and a few of their animated ones are little more than lazy and, I am convinced, geared to bring in the moron and junkie crowds.
I remember the days when AS was mostly smarter and more artistic stuff, and even though there was less variety, it was still a lot more fun to watch.
05-24-2012 04:34 AM
That must be it! If you don't like it, the appeal must be for drug-addled morons only.
Thing is, the shows you listed certainly do take talent to create, although I'm not so sure about Loiter Squad, but still. That's not a valid critique because it's simply not true. If it took no talent, everyone would be doing it.
It's understandable that people get riled up when they see something of low production value or simple quality on Tim & Eric. They say, "I could do that! Why are these losers so special!"
You very well might have a camera and other materials, the same materials Tim & Eric have. But you (and I) can't do what they do. Only they can do what they do.
Try and make a video where you're hoping to convey tension and awkwardness without coming off as a total idiot. It's not an easy thing to do.
It takes talent to make things look so perfectly bad. Tim & Eric have a great eye for meticulous detail in that respect Example
06-04-2012 07:38 PM
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01-06-2013 12:52 PM
I live in rural Indiana and I have seven friends who like Tim and Eric. My ex girlfriend was a T & E fan as well. I know at least seven other people, all from my area, who also like Tim and Eric. It strikes me as odd when I hear that people have trouble finding other people who like Tim and Eric.
01-27-2013 04:50 AM
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