We don’t have any hockey right now, so here are some ideas from us at RMNB on how you could spend your time.
In today’s episode: maybe the most prolific comedian of our era?
I consider this to be Heidecker’s masterwork. A long-running movie review show that’s actually the story of a man unraveling. He falls apart once a year (usually just before Oscar season). Recently, this version of “Tim” has fallen prey to American’s most popular delusion. OCATS spawns some wild side-projects, including a full-length film about a failed big to run for DA and closed-circuit footage of Tim defending himself in court for the time he accidentally killed a dozen young adults with toxic vape juice.
I’ve heard the word anti-comedy, but I don’t really understand it. To me, a 15-minute shaggy dog story by Norm MacDonald is just funny, whether or not the form is familiar. This version of “Tim” did an hour-long stand-up special that is funny in the most agonizing way possible.
This version of “Tim” is the action version, a tier-one operator named Decker who doesn’t trust his government. He just wants to keep America safe. And during the Hawaii season, he wants to maybe cut loose a bit while filming.
This is Tim’s long-running talk-show project, and mostly it’s the real him. I think. Office Hours is a great way to pass the time if you’re lonely and have a spare screen. You can even Zoom-call in and tell him and Vic Berger and the other guy a bad pun.
Embarrassingly for me, I can’t always tell if Tim’s recent album, Fear of Death, is totally sincere or not. It’s a 70’s-browned, Randy Newman-esque collection of songs about feeling, um, small and scared? That’s up my alley. I think he’s shooting straight here, which is I guess the move no one expected from him.
Moonbase 8 stars John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, and Heidecker as would-be astronauts testing their mettle in isolation in Arizona. I watched the first episode, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from them: dryyyyyyy comedy.
The raw tonnage of Heidecker’s output is stunning. If you want a trip, just start from episode one, season one of On Cinema and enjoy.
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