Joe Pera Talks with You

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Joe Pera Reads You the Church Announcements 5
Joe Pera Takes You to Breakfast 3
Joe Pera Takes You on a Fall Drive 3
Joe Pera Shows You How to Dance 2
Joe Pera Talks to You About the Rat Wars of Alberta, Canada (1950–Present Day) 2
Joe Pera Answers Your Questions About Cold Weather Sports 1
Joe Pera Shows You Iron 0
Joe Pera Talks You Back to Sleep 0
Joe Pera Lights Up the Night with You 0

devvvine, Thursday, 2 August 2018 10:51 (three years ago) link

Joe Pera Talks with You is the first new show I’ve really liked in at least a year.

― Chris L, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

that show rules. it's somehow funny and gentle and comforting and weird all at the same time. very unlike the other adult swim shows

― na (NA), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:16 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s very funny and has a tremendous amount of heart and integrity. I guess it goes to show adult swim is still willing to do something radically different, other than give a show to any woman.

― Chris L, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 07:48 (one month ago) Permalink

OK I just finished it last night and was not expecting nor was I prepared for the turn in the last episode.

― Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess saying what major recent arthouse picture it reminded me of might constitute a spoiler so I'll just say I hope it gets picked up for another season.

― Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:23 (one month ago) Permalink

I like it a lot - it reminds me of my partner's hometown in western Ontario.

There's a weird tension to it, too - you expect every scene to end with some cheap gag to undercut the earnestness, but it never comes. Or if it does, the gag itself is just as earnest.

― Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 25 June 2018 11:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes, the tone is very carefully managed, as is the writing/design of "Joe Pera," the character

― Simon H., Monday, 25 June 2018 11:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah - I don't want to look at his other stuff on YouTube in case he's acting out of character and it spoils the effect.

devvvine, Thursday, 2 August 2018 10:51 (three years ago) link

Still no word on a second season?

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 2 August 2018 11:21 (three years ago) link

not that i can find, seems like it's got good enough press coverage to warrant it.

hope this is made officially available in the uk somehow so i'm not just boring people about something they can't watch.

devvvine, Thursday, 2 August 2018 11:30 (three years ago) link

I am so grateful to you for flagging this show! I just watched the first episode, and was hooked instantly. It's insane how effective it is at making you care so much about a character inside 11 minutes!

tangenttangent, Monday, 6 August 2018 20:44 (three years ago) link

watched the whole season twice so far and got my bro and sis on it. so many great moments.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Monday, 6 August 2018 20:56 (three years ago) link

Yeah - I don't want to look at his other stuff on YouTube in case he's acting out of character and it spoils the effect.

― devvvine, Thursday, August 2, 2018 3:51 AM (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i would avoid, a couple standup routines were on point but most of the old stuff was lame. he really honed this character through the years.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Monday, 6 August 2018 20:58 (three years ago) link

i'm guessing church announcements will win, probably deservedly. i think any of them aside from the last couple are a good choice - i like those too but i prefer the self-contained ones to the plot-focused ones.

na (NA), Monday, 6 August 2018 21:33 (three years ago) link

i can't pick :(

na (NA), Monday, 6 August 2018 21:35 (three years ago) link

I had no idea this was a thing! I always try talking this dude up to people and always forget his name (to the extent that I scanned this thread title like seven times before I finally realized where I knew the name). He's just become 'that twentysomething guy who acts like he's in his late seventies' at this point. Will def check this out.

My Name is Pants and I Fit Snugly (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 04:17 (three years ago) link

It's insane how effective it is at making you care so much about a character inside 11 minutes!

― tangenttangent, Monday, August 6, 2018 9:44 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

started rewatching it this morning and yeah just how emotionally engaging it is right out of the gate is a miracle. jo firestone and conor o'malley also killing it.

devvvine, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 10:20 (three years ago) link

His basset hound makes me happy. This is supposed to be set in Marquette, Michigan, right? Where do they film this?

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 15:44 (three years ago) link

it's set and filmed there

Number None, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:42 (three years ago) link

This is old Pera that is funny and not jarring to new fans:

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:50 (three years ago) link

what, that was horrible

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:05 (three years ago) link

I don't give a fuck.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:15 (three years ago) link

I’ve loved this guy since his debut on Seth Meyers

of his standup work on YouTube, I still think the Buffalo Bills one is the best. Dude fuckin kills me.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 19:01 (three years ago) link

Yeah the Bills one was very on point

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:00 (three years ago) link

Doo da dooda doodoo. Doo da dooda doodoo.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:54 (three years ago) link

Church Announcements.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 23:38 (three years ago) link

And considering the licensing for a song like that would normally wipe out a show's entire season budget, I'm guessing that Townshend let it go for peanuts (as he did with Louis CK/"Who Are You" after he watched a clip).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 23:39 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

This show was so lovely

Voting is very difficult but I think I will go with Breakfast, as its final line is the best final line of any episode in TV history

imago, Saturday, 8 September 2018 18:55 (three years ago) link

Although the other O'Malley-written episode, Fall Drive, pushes it very close and actually I won't vote yet until I've seen them both again

imago, Saturday, 8 September 2018 18:56 (three years ago) link

voted "shows you how to dance" but this is basically impossible

Clay, Saturday, 8 September 2018 20:44 (three years ago) link

Leaning towards fall drive... but also leaning towards the other 8 episodes as well.

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Saturday, 8 September 2018 23:43 (three years ago) link

I love the tension and release when he finally [spoiler lol] says what he wants for breakfast.

There are several legit beautiful moments in the fall drive episode - the photos, the decaying pumpkin, the waterfall...

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:36 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 October 2018 00:01 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:01 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

The perfect egg bite part of the breakfast episode is hilarious

badg, Friday, 1 March 2019 18:55 (two years ago) link

conner o'malley's other comedic output is uh pretty out there

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 19:57 (two years ago) link

he's great.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:07 (two years ago) link

he's good but his usual stuff is pretty different from joe pera talks with you

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:13 (two years ago) link

some of his stuff where he's biking around new york salivating over sports cars feels like an american version of limmy

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:14 (two years ago) link

given he wrote the two best episodes of this, and he's gotten a Limmy comparison, I'm interested

imago, Friday, 1 March 2019 20:16 (two years ago) link

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:18 (two years ago) link

as a chicago resident i also appreciate this one:

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:19 (two years ago) link

:D ok i'm in

imago, Saturday, 2 March 2019 23:51 (two years ago) link

this dude is amazing. 'guys day' is some sort of masterpiece

imago, Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:33 (two years ago) link

i was extremely emotionally affected by this show, it is incredibly moving and at times transcendent. it is really special

sunkengarden, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 06:31 (two years ago) link


I grew up in the upper peninsula during my teenage years and it is so unbelievably spot-on that there were moments when I was watching it with my wife where I would uncontrollably lose it and she thought something was wrong with me. he captured the entire vibe of living up there that it felt like I was being teleported back to those years.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 16:18 (two years ago) link

I grew up there too and although this is not inaccurate I still can't shake a sense of resentment of the guy for not being from there

I want to change my display name (dan m), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 20:37 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

This is the first confirmation I've seen of a second season:

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:08 (two years ago) link

oh nice glad to hear it!

big city slam (Spottie), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:13 (two years ago) link


VAR me to the end of yawn (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:28 (two years ago) link

very much in character that there was apparently no formal announcement at all

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:29 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

maybe i just don't get it. it's like they realized they wrote a perfect song, panicked, and then added a violin solo.

mott the hoopleheads (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 13:40 (two years ago) link

I guess if you write a song that good, you can give it whatever dumbass title you want.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:12 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Friday, 16 August 2019 05:36 (two years ago) link

tried introducing this to my wife the other day

"so this is the whole episode? he just goes to the grocery store?"

"yeah its one of my favorite ones"

" know this guy is exactly like your friend Tim"

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:26 (one year ago) link

Someone needs to put out the Joe Pera haircut style poster immediately

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:47 (one year ago) link

Sarah: "Guess it's back to the rat race tomorrow"

Joe: "Please don't mention that movie anymore"

Sarah: "Sorry...guess it's back to school tomorrow"

Joe: "Now that movie, you can mention any time"

frogbs, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:10 (one year ago) link

There are certain performances and rhythms in this show that make me think of it as kind of like a Midwestern, live-action King of the Hill.

Chris L, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:25 (one year ago) link

I realized this specifically in the episode where they go to Milwaukee.

Chris L, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:26 (one year ago) link

ok it was always bothering me that this guy reminded me of **someone** and I finally figured out who it was

about 10 years ago there was this middle aged Southern guy named Steve Sutton who did a daily video blog even though he led a totally uneventful life and never really had anything to say. occasionally he would post little tutorials. a friend and I used to follow this guy religiously because there was something weirdly relaxing about watching him. it was like a daily moment of zen. anyway looking him up on YouTube again it looks like at least one of his videos got kind of famous

frogbs, Friday, 28 February 2020 19:42 (one year ago) link

They just added this to the All 4 streaming service in the UK/Ireland. I've only watched two episodes: the Church announcements one and the very first one. I can't decide whether to just mill through the whole lot in one weekend or save them up for when I really need them. I just love it.

trishyb, Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:21 (one year ago) link

just plow through and then watch them multiple times when you need a pick me up

Thybulle on the Dash (Spottie), Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:26 (one year ago) link

That seems like a good plan.

my partner L. _hated_ this show until I explained to her that no one is laughing at Joe and there's not some weird gloss of metahumor where we're all making fun of him and his world but that it is the squarest show on television and yet still very enjoyably sweet and funny. Then she liked it. She thought I was being mean by watching it and laughing!

I had to convince my husband of the same thing. He was really worried that it was some super-extreme comedy of embarrassment. But he relaxed when I assured him nothing bad would happen to Joe.

trishyb, Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:36 (one year ago) link

I feel confident in saying that Steve Sutton knows jack shit about making sweet iced tea.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 7 March 2020 00:47 (one year ago) link

Look, I know I've had a drink, but Joe Pera Talks You Back to Sleep almost made me cry.

trishyb, Friday, 13 March 2020 20:44 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

considering Sarah's main personality quirk I feel like recent events absolutely have to factor into season 3

frogbs, Monday, 6 April 2020 15:01 (one year ago) link

in that recent "showrunners write a corona episode" piece in vulture there was a joe pera piece

Mordy, Monday, 6 April 2020 15:42 (one year ago) link

JOE and SARAH sit on their respective cots in Sarah’s fortified basement, each reading big books. Joe looks up, asks …

JOE: “Sarah, do you think they’re still gonna do Movie Night at the library next week?”

SARAH: “What?”

Joe removes from his mouth the cinnamon stick he’s been chewing on.

JOE: “Do you think that there’ll be Movie Night at the library next week?”

Sarah opens her mouth to respond but pauses. Of course, it’ll be canceled, but she knows how much Joe looks forward to the event each month and doesn’t want to give him the disappointing news.

Unfortunately, the pause lingers long enough for Joe to figure it out and he nods and returns to reading, disheartened.

Sarah sees the sad look on his face and begins to hum the tune of “Good Time Girl,” used in the opening credits of The New Pope, a television show that they have been watching this week — one episode each night before bed.

Joe doesn’t look up from his book but begins to move his shoulders up and down to the beat. Though he will never be able to dance like the attractive nuns at the beginning of each episode, Sarah and Joe imagine him doing so and smile.

They go back to their books. —Joe Pera

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 6 April 2020 15:54 (one year ago) link

dang tho

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 6 April 2020 16:39 (one year ago) link

Naturally, I bought Ladies of the Lights, by Patricia Majher. And, naturally, I can only hear Joe Pera's voice as I read it.

trishyb, Friday, 10 April 2020 17:38 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I am growing mange tout peas up the side of a gazebo, which is the closest I can get to a bean arch this year.

trishyb, Friday, 24 April 2020 21:59 (one year ago) link

We finally watched the first day of school episode, and with everything that's going on at the moment, it straight up made me cry.

trishyb, Friday, 24 April 2020 22:00 (one year ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 April 2020 23:07 (one year ago) link

devvvine, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 08:46 (one year ago) link

maybe o'malley needs his own thread

devvvine, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 08:47 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

nice, can't wait to watch that tonight

in other news, here's Joe Pera with a beard. fast forward to 1:07

frogbs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:07 (one year ago) link

it is kind of amazing he hasn't been clocked yet

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

he's definitely someone you'd want to give a wide latitude to

frogbs, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 21:20 (one year ago) link

is there any footage anywhere of joe pera not talking with his joe pera affectation ?

budo jeru, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 23:09 (one year ago) link

hopefully not

Spottie, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 23:27 (one year ago) link

I choose to believe it's how he actually talks

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 23:27 (one year ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 23:32 (one year ago) link

retrying embed

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Thursday, 21 May 2020 17:08 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Alert! new Joe Pera animated short in most recent ep of FXX's Cake

Mordy, Monday, 20 July 2020 01:58 (one year ago) link

cake is generally pretty bad; how's this?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 July 2020 06:02 (one year ago) link

the Joe Pera short is good; also the John Hodgman & David Rees Dicktown shorts are good.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Monday, 20 July 2020 11:48 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Great season @BuffaloBills, good game @Chiefs. Hope you beat Brady and that the @Patriots don’t make the playoffs again for 100 years

— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) January 25, 2021

frogbs, Monday, 25 January 2021 03:45 (nine months ago) link


stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Monday, 25 January 2021 03:50 (nine months ago) link

keeps finding ways to be more loveable

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 25 January 2021 03:53 (nine months ago) link

If he was really from the UP he'd be tweeting about the Packers loss

underminer of twenty years of excellent contribution to this borad (dan m), Monday, 25 January 2021 05:14 (nine months ago) link

Hes from buffalo

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 25 January 2021 05:26 (nine months ago) link

Clay, Monday, 25 January 2021 05:28 (nine months ago) link

January 27th 8pm

Reveries, and it’s follow-up Reveries: Going Deeper, are comedy tone poems/visual albums revolving around two mysterious drifters who never speak, but whose inner monologues carry us across a landscape of absurdist one-liners, surreal stories, and stream-of-consciousness musings. Backed by a dreamy original score and hallucinogenic montages created from camcorder footage shot over the course of years all around the world, Reveries is a singular, unclassifiable experience at the intersection of alt comedy, internet video art, and underground weirdo cinema.

Reveries tracks the drifters as they travel across the American landscape in what reveals itself as a journey into their own unravelling minds and psyches. The more narrative-driven, Reveries: Going Deeper, takes place in a dystopian future where the drifters broadcast their “reveries” from an underground, pirate radio station, attempting to save the world by diving deeper into their own minds than they’ve ever been before.

Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with Director Director Graham Mason & Writer/Stars Anthony Oberbeck & Matt Barats moderated by Joe Pera of Joe Pera Talks With You"

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 01:22 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...

Good news:

— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) August 3, 2021

Clay, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 23:39 (two months ago) link

oh thank god

He also has a book coming out soon!

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 4 August 2021 00:32 (two months ago) link


pure rim rest (Spottie), Wednesday, 4 August 2021 05:30 (two months ago) link

two months pass...


Less than a month away:

— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) October 11, 2021

frogbs, Monday, 11 October 2021 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

genuine lol there

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 11 October 2021 21:10 (two weeks ago) link

Huge endorsement for India

Did a very important phone call with @Indiawaltonbflo:

— Joe Pera (@JosephPera) October 19, 2021

frogbs, Saturday, 23 October 2021 15:17 (two days ago) link

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