The third season of "Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule" returns tonight, and if there's a stranger show on TV today, we don't know what it is.
The show, a spinoff of "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!", follows Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly), a TV "expert" whose advice to his audience usually ends with Brule reaching new heights of failure. His catchphrase is "for your health," but you get the feeling that his mental stability could drop out at any moment.
"Check It Out!" has the intentionally crappy aesthetic of a public access show from the '80s, mirroring Brule's similarly detached manner of connecting with the world around him. Like "Awesome Show," the show's public access mockery is elevated to an art form.
The fact that a Tony and Oscar-nominated actor stars in "Check It Out!" allows the show to pack an emotional punch much more viscerally than if the show were played for simply for laughs. In the clip above, which is a preview of tonight's episode, watch him turn an airport security check into an existential nightmare.
Oh, and don't forget that Adult Swim airs the show at 11:30 tonight (Thursday), directly opposite Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Stephen Colbert and more. If you're in the mood for comedy that isn't white guys yakking about Chris Christie, this is far and away the best option.