Are you dragging your feet putting up a nice Spruce tree for decoration this holiday season? Buffalo-born comedian Joe Pera is here to help you.
He closes out a memorable 2016 for himself as Cartoon Network is set to air his second Adult Swim special, “Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree,” at midnight Dec. 9.
Thanks to his persona as a soft-spoken oddball who often pauses just a little too long while talking, Pera has carved out a unique voice in comedy that’s earned him much attention in the industry.
His first Adult Swim special, “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep,” aired earlier this year. In the animated short, Pera eagerly rambles on about a number of subjects beside his dog and fireplace while soft music plays in the background.
In his new short, Pera turns to live-action as he examines the various kinds of Christmas trees.
These may seem like odd premises for jokes, but Pera’s off-kilter sense of humor has found a perfect home with Adult Swim, which frequently airs bizarre, alternative programming in the middle of the night. One of Adult Swim’s most popular shorts, “Too Many Cooks,” is a parody of 80s sitcom opening credits, but it runs for 11 minutes and involves serial killers and intergalactic travel.
Pera’s Adult Swim projects aren’t the only thing going viral. While promoting his Christmas tree special, Pera appeared on the WJBK morning show “The Nine” in Detroit. An anchor asks him, “Do you have credentials that say you’re a Christmas tree expert?” After a long pause, Pera says, “No.” The interview only gets more hilariously awkward from there.
Pera also made his televised standup debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in May. The laughs from the five minute set about the backup jokes Pera uses while socializing continued to grow louder as the studio audience connected with his humor.
The Buffalo native began performing standup comedy a decade ago, working out sets on local stages like Nietzsche’s in the summer while he was home from college. Pera now lives in New York City.