Talking with Tim and Eric for two minutes while they drive through Colorado

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When you tell someone you’re going to be talking with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, you tend to get one of two reactions.

a. “Who?”

b. “OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD I LOVE THEM SO SO MUCH I WILL LICK YOUR CAR CLEAN IF YOU LET ME PLACE A HAND UPON YOUR GARMENT WHILE YOU ARE TALKING WITH THEM!”

Much as our cars could benefit from being licked clean, we were selfish and kept Heidecker and Wareheim all to ourselves for our phone interview with them today. They’re on the road with their Chrimbus Spectacular 2010, which stops at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on November 17. We connected, briefly, with the pair while they drove across Colorado.

Nalini Ramer: We’re excited to talk with you!
Eric Wareheim: We’re excited to talk with you.

NR: How are you planning to translate your TV show to a live production?
EW: About half of the show will be brand new bits of live comedy, featuring some of the characters from the show, and then we’ll show clips from our Chrimbus Spectacular, which airs on December 5.

NR: Can we expect any special guests?
EW: Our bass player Mark Livingood will be with us. [As will all the members of Tim and Eric’s band Pusswhip Banggang.]

NR: Why so much gore—especially at the holidays?
EW: We don’t think the show is gory. That’s just real life to us. It’s not like we’re trying to make anything gross—that’s just what we see every day.

NR: How much of the show is scripted, and how much is improvised?
Tim Heidecker: It’s about 60-40.

NR: That’s 60 scripted, 40 improvised?
TH: Yes.

Jay Gabler: So about the guest stars on the show—for example, Richard Dunn…
[connection lost]

So the mysteries of Tim and Eric remain mysterious. Oh, well—Chrimbus is all about surprises!