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There's Only One Thing That Adult Swim Wouldn't Let Eric Andre Do

By Andrew Sanford | TV | June 21, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | June 21, 2023 |


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I first became aware of The Eric Andre Show in 2016. The eponymous host had made his way on stage during a pro-Trump rally at the RNC in Cleveland. Alex Jones was speaking and tried to embarrass Andre. Little did he know, Eric Andre is hard to embarrass. At one point, the prankster says to Jones, “I want you to have sex with my wife.” Jones, realizing he can’t control the situation, flounders. Andre is then removed from the stage, being threatened as he goes.

While this was my first experience with the show, it is arguably not the most shocking thing Eric Andre has done. He’s puked on his desk and then eaten it. He’s gone on an NYC subway, poured Froot Loops and milk into a cylinder around his neck, and asked strangers to drink from him. Those are only the things I’m familiar with. Adult Swim, the network/spin-off channel that airs his The Eric Andre Show has mostly let him do his … thing. However, there was one segment that caused the Cartoon Network offshoot to put its foot down.

On a recent Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, Conan asked if Adult Swim ever cut one of Andre’s sketches. According to Eric, that only happened once. He brought in a country singer to sing a song about a particular organization that needed a public relations boost. That organization was Al Qaeda. It seems like there wasn’t much of a discussion, or if there was, Andre doesn’t get into the details.

I understand why a company would cut a segment like that. That said, it is a pretty weird place to draw the line. Again, Andre puked on his desk and then ate it. He has gotten naked and chased a guest around his desk. Adult Swim is cool with all of that. But a country song about a terrorist organization? That’s a step too far. Network censorship is weird.