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Eric Andre


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HE’S BEEN PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF COMEDY ON HIS EPONYMOUS Adult Swim show since 2012—and pushing hard. Andre’s delusional, sociopathic talk show–host persona drops his guests into what critics have called a “torture chamber” of organized chaos: often disgusting, occasionally disarming and pretty much always exasperating to the likes of Jimmy Kimmel or Krysten Ritter, or unsuspecting folk on the street. In one segment, he stripped down to a thong made of peanut butter in a New York City park. As an actor, he’s a little tamer, with regular sitcom work (Don’t Trust the B— in APT 23, Man Seeking Woman) and, as of August 17, his own character in Matt Groening’s latest animated show, the adult comedy-fantasy series Disenchantment. Andre plays Luci, a nihilistic “personal demon” to Abbi Jacobson’s boozy medieval princess Bean. “It’s somewhere on the spectrum between The Simpsons and Monty Python,” Andre tells Newsweek. “It’s Groening’s attempt at Game of Thrones.”

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