One of the most unlikely TV shows of all time is no more.
Joe Pera, star of “Joe Pera Talks With You,” said the gentle comedy was canceled after just three seasons by Adult Swim. In true Pera fashion, however, he praised the network and said he had been given a rare measure of creative freedom.
An episode where a guy recreates the 2001 film ‘Rat Race’ with his friends that also realistically depicts the experience of the loss of a family member? Go for it, ”he wrote, noting that Adult Swim“ supports our ideas and wanted us to make the show we wanted to make. ”
“It felt like we’ve cracked something – a different kind of tone that has now popped up a bit elsewhere. Quite neat, but also frustrating that we will not be able to continue exploring it (at least with this show). Hi “If I never did something else, it was the program I always wanted to see and I’m glad it exists now. But hopefully that’s not the case.”
“Joe Pera Talks With You” was unique to take on the seemingly mundane – like having breakfast at a diner, growing a beanbag, discovering a new favorite song, or throwing away a jack-o’-lantern after Halloween – and exploit those situations for both tender moments and sublime comedy, often at the same time.
The Guardian calls one episode “so beautiful that it almost brought me to tears,” while NPR praised it as “simple and wholesome, and utterly hilarious.” Vice compared Pera to Mister Rogers, declaring the show “the best thing Adult Swim has ever done”.
In the spring of 2020, with the coronavirus raging and millions lurking at home, Pera released a segment called “Relaxing old footage” to bring some calm:
Pera joked that since the program was canceled, he had already been offered a new performance.
“A credit card company suggested that we do a .30 version of the program,” he wrote. “Like a show that goes between other shows and I keep their credit card at the end. It sounded great to me, so I said … a joke, I never will.”
Pera also talked about his interactions with fans who liked the show:
“It was best when I met someone after a program and they mentioned that they watched the Christmas Tree Special every December, or told me that the sleeping episodes actually work, or that they showed the series to their Dad. and at first he hated it, but now they often watch it together. ”
Pera is currently on tour with a stand-up show and plans to film it as a special.
But fans mourn the loss of “Joe Pera Talks With You”, which is currently streaming on HBO Max: