Questions for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
The comedy duo behind Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie talk about the creepy old men of their youth, not fitting in at film school, and their favorite fan art.
Heidecker: I’m looking at my Twitter feed right now as you’re talking.
Wareheim: It stems back from the early days of Tim and I trying to self-promote our stuff. We took to the Internet early with Tom Goes to the Mayor, and we found a community of people that were into it and we stayed connected with them, because it’s a very personal thing, those little Awesomecon conventions, and we always do fan meet-and-greets in every town, and we think that has a lot to do with the awareness of our stuff.
Heidecker: And a lot of our fans are really smart, creative, funny people. So oftentimes if I have a little idea that I might not be able to get to, I’ll throw it out there on the Internet, and I’ve gotten lots of things done by connecting through our fan base.
Slate: What’s your favorite fan-created piece of art?
Heidecker: I had some people make some music videos for my soft-rock band Heidecker & Wood. This one kid made this video that’s all from stock footage that’s really amazing. He spent a long time working on it, and unsolicited he just sent it to me.
Slate: Tim, you spoke to Slate’s Dave Weigel about the songs you made about Herman Cain back when he was still running for president. I know you rarely do political humor, but is it something you’d want to explore again?
Heidecker: We don’t get into specific issues, but it’s an extension of the absurdity that we touch on all the time. It’s just completely bonkers, some of the stuff that’s going on out there, and it’s the same way with Tim and Eric that we satirize commercialization and mass consumerism and junky television and junky products.
Slate: What’s the best thing you’ve seen on the Internet this week?
Heidecker: I’ll give a plug to the Christopher Guest video he did for the Oscars. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I saw a video of it online. The focus group for The Wizard of Oz. A friend of mine made this comment, you know, Billy Crystal wasn’t that funny to me, and maybe because he’s older. But then Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy and Fred Willard are the same age, and they’re hilarious. Those guys are heroes of ours, and I just like to see them as much as I possibly can.
Wareheim: Mine is more personal. I saw an animated gif of my penis being pierced.
This interview has been condensed and edited.