Scott Aukerman Versus Eric Andre
These talk-show hosts face their deadliest opponents: each other.
Wed Jul 18 2012
Illustration: Kyle Fewell
Andre: All right, Scott: You and Reggie Watts, what’s your relationship? Purely sexual?
Aukerman: Did you ever see Chinatown, where Faye Dunaway says, “He’s my brother and my son”? Well, Reggie and I went to see Chinatown together, and that’s how we met.
Andre: [Laughs] You want to switch black cohosts for a day? You get Hannibal [Buress], I get Reggie?
Aukerman: I think that I’d prefer to get you, and Hannibal gets Reggie. They can have a trying-to-interject-off. And meanwhile, you and I can fight over who’s going to interview the people.
Andre: Not-listening-to-the-guests-off? Okay, I’ve got a question, Scott: What’s up?
Aukerman: Great question. A lot of people would consider the North Pole to be up.
Andre: A little dad humor. Classic. I’ve got another question, Scott: So, like, what’s up?
Aukerman: Hmmm, let me think. Airplanes. Okay, Eric: You have sort of a reputation onstage and in your show for being something of a wild man. How much of that is an act?
Andre: It’s all CGI. We actually only shot one episode and just CGI’d the rest, because that’s all we could afford. So, Scott, what’s happening on your tour?
Aukerman: I’m bringing a lot of cool people along, like Paul F. Tompkins and James Adomian, and we’re going to do some prepared stuff, some stand-up and live bits that we do; and then about halfway through the show, we’re going to do a completely improvised podcast recording where people are in character. You?
Andre: It’s a live version of the talk show: I break everything, everything is rebuilt, we show videos, I interview fake guests, I interview real guests, we have a band play. It’s kind of like a GWAR show. And then, Scott, we will hang glide into the side of a building in honor of Allah.
Andre: Wow, I think we fucking nailed it. This it he best thing that’s ever happened to Time Out New York.
Aukerman: It’s a weird feeling when you know you’ve just given the best interview of your life.
Andre: [Laughs] It’s really all downhill from here.
Aukerman: We need more middlemen to talk through. It’s too contentious between talk-show hosts.
Andre: You’re right. I love you.
Aukerman: I love you!
The Eric Andre Show happens Thu 19 and Sat 21. Comedy Bang! Bang! happens Aug 7.