Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are a bizarre, inseparable comedy duo. Since they first met at Temple University, their mesmerizing videos have haunted many dreams and stoned dorm rooms. They now run Abso Lutely Productions, which produces programs such as “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories,” “Check It Out w/ Dr. Steve Brule” starring John C. Reilly, “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Nathan For You,” and “The Eric Andre Show.” Tim and Eric sat down with us to talk about their friendship, upcoming projects, and Playboy’s Lucky 7 questions.
When did you know you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together?
Eric Wareheim: We became good friends right away. And we both are particular people. We don’t like a lot of people. We like each other.
Tim Heidecker: Yeah, we’re both pretty motivated and I think we reacted well to that and to each other.
What is your biggest comedic influence?
EW: Doug Benson, for me. He’s popular now, but when we were young, he was a little older than us and I saw some of his stuff and was blown away. Very risky stuff, you know? Edgy, political, moving comedy.
TH: All the usuals. Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, church.
In Decker, you play a special agent who takes on terrorist threats. Do you think your character is the kind of hero America needs?
TH: I mean, he’s a horrible guy with a terrible point of view, so yeah, he thinks it’s a one-man show to save the world.
EW: When does the Hawaiian one come out?
TH: March 9th, Monday to Friday. There’s a new episode every day for the next four weeks, so twenty episodes.
EW: What?! You made twenty?
TH: But it’s great, because they’re all three minutes long, and nothing happens. Like for one episode, Gregg is telling an anecdote about last season, so it ends with a cliffhanger from last season.
How was working with John C. Reilly on Bagboy?
TH: That was a dream. Sometimes you get a chance to put all these elements together, and conceptually it’s so fun that it’s even happening, so you can really appreciate being involved.
EW: We’re in a pretty unique situation where we make these things for us to just lose ourselves, which is awesome, and Adult Swim will pay for it.
Have they censored you for anything?
EW: We’re doing a movie this year, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories: The Movie, and it’s about a very racy subject, and I was almost positive they were gonna say no to it. So they’re very cool with that. There are rules, like we need to stay away from certain words and sexual humping. But other than that it’s a free-for-all.
So, just words and humping?
EW: Yeah, it’s so funny. You can show a guy getting his head blown off with a gun, but you literally can’t make a sexual thrust. But that’s helped us with all of our shows. We’ve done weird sex moves, and it helps our comedy, because we’ll do a spin and a slap and that’s how we’ll portray sex.
What has been your most intimate experience together?
TH: There have probably been some very compromising positions. Oh, well there’s the bathtub scene in our movie.
EW: It’s a tender scene. We’re just washing each other’s hair, cutting our hair, just two men in a tub.
How often do you get asked about shrim?
EW: We get a lot of tweets. There are a lot of Asian restaurants that sell spicy lemon shrimp but forget the p, and our fans send us every one of those.
You also recently made that commercial for Totino’s Pizza Rolls.
TH: That was the weirdest combination of not giving a shit, getting paid a lot of money to do it, and then also coming out with something that’s kind of fun. So we did it as a goof, but sometimes that generates the best stuff, because when you really don’t take something seriously, you can have a lot of fun making fun of the thing you’re doing. We didn’t care about the product at all, so we didn’t worry about it.
What was your first exposure to Playboy?
EW: One of my friend’s dads had a collection, and we had a whole SWAT move planned to steal these Playboys. I remember the first time we got a huge stash and brought them back to the fort.
TH: I had a friend who was a little older than me, and held back a few years in school, just a really bad kid. He lived in his attic. There were Iron Maiden posters, and a lot of Playboys, and it was probably the first time I felt like, whoa, this is some bad shit. No drinking yet, but maybe a cigarette was involved. I was 21 then…no, I’m just kidding. I was a bad boy.
What movie scared you the most as a kid?
TH: Children of the Corn.
EW: Mine was Poltergeist. This is a weird story that really happened. My parents were out at a dinner party, and Poltergeist was playing on TV, and I tried to turn the TV off, but it wouldn’t go off. It was a really scary thing. I kept trying to turn everything off, but it wouldn’t go off, so I just had to leave the room and heard it in the house. It was really fucked up.
If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
EW: I would have one piece of Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. Hot. And one piece of chutoro from Sushi Salada. TH: He has thought about this before. I guess for me it would be my aunt’s Christmas dinner, which is a 7-hour extravaganza of Italian food.
EW: I’ve had the eggplant from that dinner. It’s very good.
TH: And it would prolong life, if the timing of it all worked out. I’d have 7 extra hours.
What’s the first song you knew the words to?
TH: Probably some children’s song. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?
What was your first car?
TH: It was a ’79 Ford Fairmont. Just a shitty brown Ford that I got before I got my license, because my dad had a used car dealership and this car came in and it was a good deal. I had money saved up, and he got it for me. It was parked in front of our house for a month before I was going to get my license. But one night it got totaled from a hit-and-run car, and that was it. Never rode her. Never drove her. That was my first car. Then I got a Ferrari.
EW: I had a mid-80s Pontiac Parisienne Station Wagon, all green. Family called it the Bronto, and it was a big, massive, beautiful station wagon. I put tons of stickers on the back, and my dad was so embarrassed. He was like, “Son, I’m giving you this car, and you’re stickering it up?” I had the Grateful Dead bears and then a circle with a line through it. My school had a lot of hippies.
What is your pop culture blind spot?
TH: Anything that goes, “You won’t believe what this kid did to his older brother.” All the viral videos that are annoying and taken as entertainment.
EW: I did see one where that kid made a bar mitzvah video. It’s so good. It’s a twelve-year-old kid, and he’s so funny and takes his clothes off and is dancing around. But for me, I don’t watch reality shows. I do watch Top Chef, though.
What’s the biggest lie you ever told?
EW: I try not to lie too much. I exaggerate sometimes. “How many people were at your show?” “A thousand.” When it was actually just 80-90.
TH: Well, the most famous lie of my life happened when I was in first grade. For some assignment, we were supposed to come up with what I do with my mommy. For some reason, you weren’t allowed to use somebody else’s line, which caused a big problem, because you only do so many things with your mommy. So they’d be like, “My mommy and me like to play, or work in the garden,” and my answer was, “My mommy likes to spank me.” I thought I was being very funny. And the stupid-ass teacher put that on a card outside the classroom, with everybody else’s, on display. And some mom saw and told my mom, and even though it was a lie, caused a lot of trouble. But you get in trouble for being funny sometimes. It was a very sophisticated joke.
The Decker season finale airs April 3rd on adultswim.com and all episodes are available to watch on the site now.