How do you stay ahead of the curve when so-called "cutting-edge comedy" is regularly co-opted and injected into the mainstream?

T.H.: In general, comedy is a young man's game. Stuff has a short shelf life, no matter how good it is. Eventually, this thing that we're doing is going to run its course, and we'll have to evolve, or we'll be considered boring and irrelevant. If you make Austin Powers 4 and The Love Guru, people aren't going to have any respect for you. Right now, we're feeling like it's in the pocket, and we're running at a good speed. But people are going to rip us off, and they have been, and that's fine.

Your fictionalized selves are in a bromantic affair, but has your friendship changed because you work together so much?

Classic, elegant, Tim and Eric
Jennifer Loeber
Classic, elegant, Tim and Eric

T.H.: We know the success of this depends on there being space. We both enjoy our personal time, our lives outside of this business we created.

E.W.: People at screenings are like, "So do you guys live together?"

Is there anything you'd both agree is inherently funny or not funny?

E.W.: Mentally handicapped children. . . . For "not funny."

T.H.: Isn't it George Carlin that said that everything's about context? You can take anything and probably find a way to make it funny in the right context. Mentally handicapped children aren't at all funny. . . . But they're making me laugh now for some reason. [Laughs.]

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