Joe Pera Talks with You

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Still no word on a second season?

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

i can't pick :(

na (NA), Monday, 6 August 2018 21:35 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

it's set and filmed there

Number None, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:42 (one year ago) link

This is old Pera that is funny and not jarring to new fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYhcW1aRs0c

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 16:50 (one year ago) link

what, that was horrible

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:05 (one year ago) link

I don't give a fuck.

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 17:15 (one year ago) link

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

https://vimeo.com/170977560

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 (one year ago) link

Yeah the Bills one was very on point

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:00 (one year ago) link

Doo da dooda doodoo. Doo da dooda doodoo.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:54 (one year ago) link

Church Announcements.

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

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

Clay, Saturday, 8 September 2018 20:44 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 October 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 00:01 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

The perfect egg bite part of the breakfast episode is hilarious

badg, Friday, 1 March 2019 18:55 (eleven months ago) link

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

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 19:57 (eleven months ago) link

he's great.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzpAYv0AP68&t=8s

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:18 (eleven months ago) link

as a chicago resident i also appreciate this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8nRQJaRV9E

na (NA), Friday, 1 March 2019 20:19 (eleven months ago) link

:D ok i'm in

imago, Saturday, 2 March 2019 23:51 (eleven months ago) link

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

imago, Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:33 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

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

https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/2019/05/02/joe-pera-talks-you-shooting-second-season-milwaukee-and-u-p/3654202002/

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:08 (seven months ago) link

oh nice glad to hear it!

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

yes!

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

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

Simon H., Tuesday, 25 June 2019 16:29 (seven months 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 (seven months 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 (seven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91wX0NRjJqg

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

He's just become 'that twentysomething guy who acts like he's in his late seventies' at this point

He's only in his twenties?????

paolo, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 12:42 (five months ago) link

One of my fave things about him is I remember seeing him at a few open mics in like 2010 and he was doing the exact same thing he is now, the voice, the shirts, everything. I love that he just figured that out early on and mustve just been like "yup, this feels perfect."

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:01 (five months ago) link

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 12:30 (one year ago) bookmarkflaglink

oh hey this is in the uk now on all4 :)

devvvine, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:24 (five months ago) link

I'm amazed by how much I care about Joe after only nine ten minute episodes. I think it's because he's so different from other main characters in that he's so uncomplicated and straightforward in the best possible way. It's refreshing to see characters who aren't dark or edgy or complex

paolo, Friday, 13 September 2019 09:15 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

my (at the time very tired) partner said his show was "too awkward" to enjoy, it made her too anxious. i said you must have watched the wrong episode and put on the episode where he talks you to sleep. she said "actually this is amazing" and fell asleep before it ended.

― I'm a board man. Board man gets paid (Will M.), Monday, September 9, 2019 1:03 AM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 22 November 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

ive shared this show with about ten people now and half completely get it and love and the other half are done within about four minutes of the first ep.

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 22 November 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

this is back with new episodes in like two weeks!

Simon H., Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:33 (two months ago) link

Pumped

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Saturday, 23 November 2019 17:51 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsSZTjLYDJ0
this is remarkably sweet; joe is completely and honestly freaked out and Colbert genuinely likes this guy and wants him to succeed

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 6 December 2019 19:58 (two months ago) link

nice. just checked on my YouTubeTV account and 2 episodes have been added already.

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:32 (two months ago) link

'Kay well I'd seen and enjoyed some of his stand-up and filmed shorts in the past but only just got around to watching the show tonight and...this is something truly special.

Masters of Engilsh Litera-ture (Old Lunch), Saturday, 7 December 2019 02:47 (two months ago) link

Holy cow, I recognized him immediately and then thought 'no way is that actually hum' but sure enough, that was totally a Mark Borchardt cameo in the rat wars episode!

Masters of Engilsh Litera-ture (Old Lunch), Saturday, 7 December 2019 03:19 (two months ago) link

2nd ep of the new season really got me.

de-mamba mentality (Spottie), Saturday, 7 December 2019 06:37 (two months ago) link

i never thought a show could have me as emotionally invested in a bean arch, but here we are.

the shitty baseball-playing yooper me from my childhood was cheering wildly during episode 2.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 7 December 2019 06:49 (two months ago) link

This is, of course, the best show.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 7 December 2019 06:59 (two months ago) link

I hit my hands on my pants when the ice cream store is closed.

Masters of Engilsh Litera-ture (Old Lunch), Saturday, 7 December 2019 14:04 (two months ago) link

Ep 3/4 were both great and misted me up a bit even as they undercut the emotion.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 14:57 (two months ago) link

First two eps were solid. No idea if or how he could top the end of s1 but I'm eager to see him try.

Simon H., Tuesday, 17 December 2019 14:58 (two months ago) link

this show nails the sweetest midwestern sentiments of things that could or could not be troubling.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 22 December 2019 07:07 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi_pdmipZ0M

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 December 2019 19:04 (one month ago) link

continue to love that Gene the cameraman on Seth Meyers is Gene in Joe Pera's world

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 December 2019 19:05 (one month ago) link

friend told me that over the holidays he watched a few eps with his grandfather, who loved them and got hooked, raving that Joe was "very moral" and "should be deacon"

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 December 2019 19:09 (one month ago) link

that's so wholesome!

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Friday, 27 December 2019 19:12 (one month ago) link

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!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 December 2019 19:14 (one month ago) link

I shared like the first 4-5 episodes with people I'm generally very in sync with wrt comedy and, well, let's say the response was muted at best. Disappointing, but this kinda is its own unique creature so it's hard to tell who's gonna vibe with ol' Joe.

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Monday, 30 December 2019 18:22 (one month ago) link

Ah but then a friend texted me yesterday asking what the name of the show was with the guy who talked about rocks and breakfast so I may have been too hasty in assessing the reception. I have to remember that it takes time and patience to grow a bean arch.

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:09 (one month ago) link

the moment he found out he had enough money to buy ice cream and got the gallon pail of vanilla might have been the pinnacle of midwest nods in the show's run.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 02:28 (one month ago) link

i've been enjoying the new season and last night went back and watched "joe pera lights up the night with you" which is one of my favorites despite getting zero votes here

na (NA), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 15:08 (one month ago) link

the moment he found out he had enough money to buy ice cream and got the gallon pail of vanilla might have been the pinnacle of midwest nods in the show's run.

― Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, January 6, 2020 7:28 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

this was so good.

championship winning vibration (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:01 (one month ago) link

oh man the ending of the bachelor party episode <3

championship winning vibration (Spottie), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:15 (one month ago) link

oof those last couple of episodes. when sarah took over the show momentarily to give joe space, it blew my mind

na (NA), Sunday, 19 January 2020 19:15 (one month ago) link

End of this season broke my heart

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 19 January 2020 19:33 (one month ago) link

watched s1 last nite, loved it v much. reminds me of my grandparents

flopson, Monday, 20 January 2020 00:45 (one month ago) link

There are still 4 eps left this season, thank goodness

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 20 January 2020 01:46 (one month ago) link

Oh cool! I thought it was ten eps.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 January 2020 15:12 (one month ago) link

connor o'malley has a special screen presence

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 20 January 2020 15:21 (one month ago) link

this is my favourite show

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 20 January 2020 17:02 (one month ago) link

if you haven't seen this standup routine it is definitely worth your time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sEHv-iKrYU

frogbs, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:12 (four weeks ago) link

lol, thank you for that

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:57 (four weeks ago) link

Forgive the thread spam, but I wanted to note that this show's 2019 season is nominated in the 2019 ILX TV poll:

ILX's Best Television of 2019 Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD / Voting Ends January 31

If you like this show and you'd like to see it have a good showing in the poll (running in February) all you need to do is submit a ballot including it and your other favorites (4 minimum, 25 maximum, organized by your favorite to least favorite) to forksclovetofu at gmail by end of day today. It'll take five minutes; get to it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

only watched a few eps but yes it's my favorite thing this year. outside of On Cinema $11

has anyone seen that YouTube series he did with Connor O'Malley called "How To Make it in USA"? 9 episodes, about 40 minutes total, but its really great. Pera is hilarious but Connor steals the show

frogbs, Friday, 31 January 2020 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

This topped my (short) ballot for that poll.

Chris L, Friday, 31 January 2020 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

Really needed the “Joe Pera Shows You How to do Good Fashion” after the 1-2 gut punch of the previous episodes.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 3 February 2020 05:24 (two weeks ago) link

Ok I’m at the part where he starts talking about Dragon Ball, this show is amazing

frogbs, Saturday, 8 February 2020 03:17 (one week 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"

"huh.....you know this guy is exactly like your friend Tim"

frogbs, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:26 (one week 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 week 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 (yesterday) 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 (yesterday) link

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

Chris L, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:26 (yesterday) link


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