When “The Eric Andre Show” returns to the Adult Swim airwaves tonight after a three-year hiatus, fans of Andre’s brand of surrealist talk show humor will be treated to another round of awkward interviews, deranged jokes, and naked PAs.
The series, which premiered in 2012, made Andre a star in alternative comedy circles. But after five successful years, he put the show on hiatus in 2020 to pursue bigger projects. In a new interview with Associated pressAndre said his decision to bring the show back for a sixth season was in part because his Netflix movie ‘Bad Trip’ wasn’t the financial payoff he expected.
“I was about to finish the show after five seasons and then I didn’t make any money on ‘Bad Trip,’” he said, before adding that he still enjoys doing the show and is open to more seasons. “Why close the door permanently to a show where I have full creative freedom?”
While Andre says he was disappointed with the financial results of “Bad Trip,” the comedian teases that the film has paved the way for some bigger projects, but he’s not ready to announce them just yet.
“They’re not even my corporate bosses. It’s superstition,” she said of her reasons for gaping. “Then, I’ll tell you when the time is right.”
Andre’s comments about the creative freedom he enjoys on the show echo similar remarks he made to IndieWire in 2020, when he said it would be difficult to end the series permanently.
“As I was going through editing and finishing post production, I thought, ‘This is the most fun show to make and I’m so lucky to have this opportunity that this is my job. I have full, complete creative freedom,’” she said. “I was sitting at home thinking about how much I love the show business process and how we’ve boiled it down to a science and our team is a tight, cohesive family and I was like, ‘Why would I shut the door on this?’ I’ll keep the door open. I don’t know if I’ll do it every single year, other projects will come and go and I’ll have to adjust but I love the show too much to retire and this is the best season ever and we’re so in our groove. It doesn’t feel right to finish the show. It’s only the beginning.