I’ve never been a huge fan of Adult Swim programming, but I can’t deny that Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule is amazing television. As interesting as it is to deconstruct great TV shows, it’s sometimes refreshing to see a show that stubbornly refuses to explain or even justify itself. It’s just there. And John C. Reilly, who plays Steve Brule, non-explains it perfectly.
ESQ: What about your miniseries on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule? Where’d you come up with the assertive, borderline mentally retarded character you play as the show’s host?
JCR: I just showed up with my costume and started channeling that guy. I don’t know where he came from. I find the less I say about Steve Brule the better. I think of him as real, and anytime I start to analyze him, it just gets really boring.
ESQ: And it’s entirely improvised?
JCR: Yeah. Are you getting the sense I don’t want to talk about Steve Brule?
ESQ: Yeah. Why is that?
JCR: Some things are just better left mysterious. I’m not really interested in picking it apart.
In my opinion, anyone who feels the need to deconstruct something like this isn’t quite up to the task of watching Steve Brule-centric programming. Why does he say “pruppets” instead of “puppets”? I don’t know, and more importantly, it doesn’t matter. If you’ve never had the privilege of watching this show, six minutes of it are after the jump. Try going a day without it. You’ll miss it, Charlie!