The Quarantine Stream: ‘Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule’ Is John C. Reilly at His Goofiest and Most Fascinating
Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2020 by Ethan Anderton
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Oscar-nominated actor John C. Reilly stars in the 1980-style public access television series Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule, a spin-off from a segment that originated in a sketch from the Adult Swim series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Armed with unfathomable naivete and social awkwardness, Dr. Steve Brule interviews real people and visits real places to bring you interesting stories and facts about food, boats, friendship, space, animals, eggs, and more.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: If you’ve seen Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, or Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, then you know that John C. Reilly is a gifted comedic actor. But if you’ve also seen Boogie Nights, Magnolia, or Gangs of New York, you know that he has serious dramatic chops too. Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule finds Reilly mostly playing with the goofy side of comedy, but there’s also a dark side to this character that Reilly taps into that makes him more fascinating than just a hilariously pathological grown man. Read More »