How ‘Bad Trip’ star Eric Andre thrives on anxiety—yours

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Eric Andre obtained his begin in standup however rose to fame-slash-notoriety with Grownup Swim’s The Eric Andre Present, a psychedelic sendup of late-night speak exhibits the place celeb visitors and on a regular basis individuals on the road are on the mercy of Andre’s frenetic whims. From trolling the Republican Nationwide Conference to consuming his personal vomit in entrance of reality-TV star Lauren Conrad, Andre revels in pushing the surprising on the unsuspecting.

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“When you find yourself interacting with actual individuals in a hidden-camera prank state of affairs, it’s inconceivable on your efficiency to be stale, since you’re utilizing each a part of your mind to improvise inside the scenario and mine probably the most comedy,” Andre says within the newest episode of Quick Firm‘s podcast Inventive Dialog. “It forces you to be spontaneous. It’s additionally like a excessive wire act. It’s the highest-stakes model of comedy, since you’re placing your self in peril.”

It’s onerous to inform typically, however beneath all of the chaos of Andre’s bodily comedy and pranks, there’s a craft he’s honed for 5 seasons of his present and that he’s utilized to his new Netflix movie Unhealthy Journey.


Unhealthy Journey follows Chris (Andre) and Bud (Lil Rel Howery), two finest mates who stop their dead-end jobs in Florida and take a highway journey to New York Metropolis to reunite Chris with the girl of his desires. Sizzling on their path is Trina (Tiffany Haddish), Bud’s hard-scrabble sister who’s out for blood when she finds out they “borrowed” her beloved automotive. Nevertheless, Unhealthy Journey flips the everyday buddy comedy format by placing actual individuals—and their actual reactions—on the heart of the motion.

For Andre, working on Unhealthy Journey pressured him to suppose past remoted skits and pranks to construct a full narrative. Fortunately for him, he had the assistance of Jeff Tremaine, director of the Jackass motion pictures and Unhealthy Grandpa, who served as a producer on Unhealthy Journey. Actually, as a result of Andre began growing and filming Unhealthy Journey after season 4 of The Eric Andre Present, Tremaine’s steering within the course of led to season 5 being what Andre considers the perfect season up to now.

“After we began doing pranks on The Eric Andre Present, I might soar out of a garbage can and go boo and scare anyone or do some massive public stunt and simply have individuals as jaw-dropped observers,” Andre says. “However Jeff began stressing the significance of the individuals you’re pranking are the actual stars of the phase, and so they get the most important laughs. So the extra they’re on the hook and the extra verbal they’re and the extra they imagine the premise and are responding to it, the larger laughs you’ll get.”

Take a look at a few of the highlights of the dialog beneath, and you’ll want to hearken to the total episode wherever you take pleasure in your podcasts.

On transferring on with season 5 with out his buddy and collaborator Hannibal Buress

“I used to be going to retire the present. I used to be like, ‘5 seasons—that’s good. That seems like quantity of Eric Andre Show. It ought to be achieved.’ And even Hannibal was like, ‘I’m all the way down to maintain collaborating, however let’s do one thing else.’ However then I obtained to the tip of season 5 and my crew was so dialed in and my editors have been so dialed in and it was so easy. It simply felt so snug, this group of artistic individuals I’ve been working with because the starting of the present. And I used to be like, ‘If I’m having fun with this a lot, why would I put an finish to it?’ It’s unhappy that Hannibal’s gone, however we now have such a household. It’s the one factor that I’ve ever achieved that I’ve pure artistic freedom. So I used to be like, ‘I don’t need to let this go.’”

On the artistic and technical challenges of Unhealthy Journey

“I’d say about like 80% to 90% of the stuff we filmed by no means made it to the ultimate reduce. Filming is a part of the writing course of in a roundabout, very costly manner, since you’re coping with a lot unknown. You don’t understand how individuals are gonna react to every prank. You don’t know if the prank goes to slot in the physique of the film.  We did every prank two or thrice, and we might choose the perfect particular person or group of individuals at every time. Then on high of that, serious about how a lot the editors are burning. A traditional film has one, two, perhaps three cameras rolling max on a scene? We had like 19 cameras rolling for each scene.”


On Chris Rock speaking him off the ledge

“Each time I’m going out on stage or each time I movie one thing, there’s some failure, massive or small. Dude, one time I opened for Chris Rock in New Orleans and I’m bombed so onerous, like booed off the stage—intestine wrenching. I do know bombing is a part of life, however man did that viewers hate me. And it by no means ended. I obtained booed and heckled off stage. I wished to kill myself. And it’s Chris Rock, so celebrities come to see his present. My agent referred to as me the subsequent week, and he goes, ‘Hey man, Anthony Mackie stated you suck!’ Chris may be very candy. Proper after I obtained offstage, he gave me an enormous hug. He goes, ‘Don’t fear! Ask me what occurred when Prince opened up for The Rolling Stones? It was an enviornment full of individuals going, ‘Boo! You suck! They have been throwing bottles at him and shit. And he did fairly superb for his profession.’ So he talked me off the ledge immediately, which was very candy of him.”

Hearken to the newest episode of Quick Firm’s podcast Inventive Dialog on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher.