A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Eric Andre Show parodies late-night shows but has too much mature content for most teens. Ribald sexual language (the host and a guest talk about "smashing" a woman; references are made to "tits" and other body parts); bedroom what-ifs ("Who would you rather have sex with, Mom or Dad?") are discussed in casual conversation; and the host often appears on-screen naked with only his groin covered or moons the audience. Language is another concern, though most of the worst ("f--k," "s--t") is edited. Expect a lot of degrading comedy aimed at celebrities, some violence that's played for laughs, pranks designed to make unsuspecting victims uncomfortable, and generally odd humor that may or may not strike you as funny.
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What's the story?
THE ERIC ANDRE SHOW is a parody of low-budget late-night talk shows hosted by comedian and actor Eric Andre. Complete with a house band and an apathetic sidekick, Hannibal Buress, Andre follows the standard late-night format with a monologue, skits, man-on-the-street encounters, and famous guests such as Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, and Seth Rogen. The show is known for its bizarre interviews, Andre's physical and destructive humor, and the pranks he pulls on unsuspecting victims in the public.
Is it any good?
Whether or not this spoof tickles your funny bone depends on what you look for in comedy. If you don’t like to think too hard (or at all) about what you're watching, you'll get some laughs from the nonsensical nature of Andre's unique style. But if you want content with even a modicum of a cerebral component or cleverness to it, you definitely won't find it here.
Andre's flash-in-the-pan segments are brief but, strung together, compose a show's worth of mindless entertainment. Some might find it funny, but there are better choices for teens who are ready for edgy humor and late-night fare than Andre's heavy leaning on the shock value of strong language, sexual crudity, and degrading humor aimed at celebrities for laughs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what (if anything) makes this show funny. Which unique qualities does Andre offer viewers in his comedy? Does he try too hard? Does his comedy surprise you?
Is edgy content such as sex and language ever a benefit to a production? Is its effect different in comedy than it is in a drama series or movie? Does it ever become a crutch for Andre?
Why would celebrities agree to be part of this show? Does seeing them here give you more or less respect for them, or does it not change your impression? How has the Internet affected the quality of what we consider to be entertainment?
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