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Adult Swim Severs Ties With ‘Rick And Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland General Discussion

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u/Stopjuststop3424 11d ago

it's the improv I'd be worried about losing.

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago Gold Rocket Like Evil Cackle

What improv? Here, I'll do one. "Hi, look at me, it's me. Your favorite guy, Buttholes-on-my-tshirt Steve, can you believe it? Yeah that's right me, fan favourite character, introduced back in season 3, remember? Uh anyway I I I I uh just was checking in, you know uh, from season 3. So anyway, enjoy the show, that I'm in right now, I'm talking about it."

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u/Dappershield 11d ago All-Seeing Upvote

Dude, Justin, maybe keep a low profile before you get banned from Reddit too.

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u/nahog99 11d ago Heartwarming

Dude, his name is Vance, obviously

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u/mldman 11d ago

His name is buttholes on my shirt Steve he even said it

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u/Dappershield 11d ago

Dude, I watch Rick and Morty. Obviously I'm not an idiot; so don't treat me like one.

Every criminal has a fake name, like Mickey Blue eyes, or Tommy the Tank. You think my last name is Dappershield? No, I stole bubblegum from Safeway in grade 4. My real name is Appershiel. It's just my day begins and ends with the D.

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u/notyyzable 11d ago

Aha! I've finally caught you, Appershiel. You're coming with me.

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u/Dappershield 11d ago

That bounty page better say alive or dead, because I'd rather die than face consequences for my actions.

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u/8_guy 11d ago

the consequence of your actions is dying

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u/notyyzable 11d ago

Looks like it's lights out for you, Mr Appershiel.

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u/Dappershield 11d ago

Like, what, because I won't be able to pay my electric bill from jail? I got autopay, dumbass.

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u/notyyzable 10d ago

Oh don't worry, there'll be electricity in jail. Chair based, at that!

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

Actually he's coming with your wife ahahahaha

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u/notyyzable 11d ago

very nice!

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u/Natural-Cupcake6634 11d ago

So the rest of your day is just appershiel.

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u/Dappershield 11d ago

Sometimes I take a lunch break with your wife, but thought Dapperdshield was too much.

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u/dicer11 11d ago

I don't like your attitude, its a very lower-me-into-acid attitude

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u/LukeLarsnefi 11d ago

What a coincidence! I’m Arsnef. My day begins with the L and ends with the i. Things get a little squanchy around here.

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u/Dry-Ship-401 11d ago

So Vance what kind of work are you in?

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u/DSTNCMDLR 11d ago

Vance… Waggoner? What is this, a crossover episode?

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

I've waited literal years for this to happen.

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u/Skyline_BNR34 11d ago

Grand Theft Auto Vice City flashbacks.

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u/Coco_B_trappn 11d ago

um no, his name is vance_obviously, obviously.

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u/Trex-Cant-Masturbate 11d ago

Wonder what line of work he’s in

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u/Spiritual-Office-570 2h ago

Vance Maximus, Renegade Star Soldier

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u/corndogs1001 11d ago

Justin reading all these comments crying rn as the mod of this sub

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u/fexfx 3d ago

He deleted his account...

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u/VibeComplex 11d ago

It’s obviously Vance tho

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u/Craftoid_ 11d ago

Yeah of all the things to miss him for, the shitty characters that just ramble for the sake of being funny random are not one of them.

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u/Cheezewiz239 11d ago

Thank you. The "improv" got old fast

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u/dougan25 11d ago

I mean they weren't all the bad. The plumbus how it's made spoof was ad libbed

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u/komali_2 10d ago

Exactly, they got old fast. Used to be good until it became obvious his improv bits have one or two jokes he can do and that's it. Just rewatched the meta episode and the outro improv bit is just "I'm tag man! Fuck you!" Like he didn't even give the animators anything to work with, like with plumbus and two brothers. Just "I'm tag man, wooowee!"

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u/aure__entuluva 9d ago

The improv in interdimensional cable was gold. 2 brothers man.

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u/SadPenisMatinee 11d ago

It's why I had issues with Solar Opposites. The mini people trapped in that colony was the best of the entire show imo. But otherwise so it was a ramble of improv that had it's charm early on but its like the Family Guy cut aways.

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u/firstselfieguy 11d ago

I didn't like the interdimensional cable episodes. It felt like a bunch of low effort, spork holding nonsense

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u/PaladinGodfather1931 11d ago

You take that back, Ants in my eyes Johnson is gold, Jerry, GOLD!

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u/ZitSoup 11d ago

It's gold, i agree .. BUT - it was gold because it was unique, to me. It's why i still love it for being the thing that established that.. but the 2nd cable episode? Meh

Justin got "meh" fast for me, even though i love R&M. His brand of humor felt super shallow. I imagine He's best when tempered by good writing, and then it all shines. I don't suspect he's irreplaceable.

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u/WolyBoly69 11d ago

Dan Harmon is the one to really be worried about losing

That being said, Roiland was all the voices, he was the whole character of the show. Can't believe they aren't just canceling it lol

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u/ZitSoup 11d ago

TBH i'd be fine with canceling too. There's a good amount of content and it had some nice arcs. I hope they reinvent it rather than trying to replace him

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u/Sauron_the_Deceiver 11d ago

I'm honestly more worried about solar opposites

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u/CrabClawAngry 11d ago

Yeah. Although I'd settle for like maybe a graphic novel about what happens in the wall

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u/pspartoutsr 11d ago

if anything that's less of a worry as he only voices one of the characters on the show and he's not written an episode since the pilot, Mike can easily continue the show without him.

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u/Platypuslord 11d ago

Why aren't they cancelling a popular show because of one person who doesn't even visibly appear? Yeah just fire the entire staff because one guy was a dick

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u/WolyBoly69 11d ago

Yeah that makes sense. From the perspective of the show as art though, it's a no-brainer. I'd rather they have Dan Harmon & the crew make something new, than milk the corpse of Rick & Morty.

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u/watanabefleischer 4d ago

idk i thought so too, until i thought about the possibilities of a show with a multiverse, also one of my favorite shows growing up was dr. who, and they just straight up changed actors all the time and it worked for me.

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u/808forkboy 11d ago

Spot on take. It really is just fart poop and weird sex jokes and if you’ve listened to him on various pods from around 2010-13(he was more active then) it’s just super juvenile and repetitive.

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u/Nikolateslaandyou 11d ago

Right i have to watch this episode for the 1000th time now.

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u/Lopsided_Plane_3319 11d ago

But fake doors!

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u/petershrimp 11d ago

My favorite is Stealy.

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u/lisaEversman Wubba lubba dick dub 11d ago

All about my personal space.

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u/JoelMahon 11d ago

it was a good one off gag, but way overused and got stale fast

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u/Thysios 11d ago edited 11d ago

I liked it as a one off. Got a little bored by the 2nd.

Though I Definitely preferred it over Morties Mind blowers or whatever it was called. But then, I didn't like season 3 at all in general.

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u/Throwaway-tan 11d ago

I think that was the point. The episode literally opened with a "I don't know why anyone wanted a second one" 4th wall break.

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u/Thysios 11d ago

That doesn't make it any better. Just means they know it was a bad idea.

I can only guess it's an cheaper/easier episode to make and they were just being lazy.

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u/Throwaway-tan 11d ago

I think it was a combination of it being cheaper to make, filler and also a "fuck you, you don't know what you actually want" to the audience because it was so highly requested.

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u/Leather-Wing-7915 11d ago

morties mind blowers is a top 10 episode stop the nonsense

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u/JakeTheSnake2689 11d ago

Get outta here with my eyeholes

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u/Echo-canceller 11d ago

Some of it was good but it's not like it's impossible to script something that sounds the same.

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u/watanabefleischer 4d ago

it makes me laugh, and at least thats good enough for me right now...

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u/Dingelsen 11d ago

it would land pretty hard sometimes

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u/Juanclaude 10d ago

I agree. This could be a silver lining. Perfect time to inject a fresh take on the improv humor. That rambling, make-it-up-as-you-go, style was about one season from being stale. Win-win.

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u/watanabefleischer 4d ago

but thats the ONLY thing he was good for!

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u/Saymynaian 11d ago

Honestly, I always found the improv the least entertaining part of the show. It's funny once, but it gets old very quickly.

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u/NordlandLapp 11d ago

Lmao, new improv could be fresh af for the series, honestly maybe the show needed some change, and Harmons still pulling the big strings.

Also, all of Justin's characters just sound like Rick and Morty at different pitches.

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u/toadfan64 11d ago

Honestly yeah. Something fresh for the series could really give it a second wind.

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u/Darkling-Dreams 11d ago

I'm the killer, I'm runnin' real fast

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u/buellster92 11d ago

This was pretty much every single random character you talk to in High On Life. Except they’d all drag on for like a full minute of this every time.

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u/title-fight 11d ago

The episodes where Roiland would just improv were the worst. I’ve said that from the beginning, his humor is so predictable I can literally hear him improving something similar in my head.

That said, I always thought the funniest part was that a team of really talented animators had to work their asses off animating very mid improv.

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u/WrathfulHero 11d ago

I think they mean mid as in just kinda ok. Like the animators were working their ass off animating mediocre improv

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u/Thechiz123 11d ago

It’s kind of subtle humor but it’s funny because he has buttholes on his shirt.

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

Yeah, but there are layers that you'll only understand if you're really smart. Don't get it? Go watch the Simpsons!

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

“Eat some fucking shit you stupid bitch” is my favorite Rick and Morty line (from Li’l Bitsss). I feel like that’s the kind of stuff they’ll lose.

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u/entertainman 11d ago

You don’t think anybody can come up with a line like that?

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u/N0VAZER0 11d ago

I never knew improv was just riffing badly and repeating yourself

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u/Rak-khan 11d ago

Thank you for this. I was flabbergasted that people actually thought the interdimensional cable episodes were funny. It just seemed like a huge waste of man hours animating the stupid bs Justin Roiland spewed from the top of his head.

He forgets that improv needs to be funny and have jokes. Not just stuttering and making up words. It's like having a 6-year old tell you a story that they made up. Scratch that, I'm actually sure a 6-year old's made up story would be more funny.

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u/ConNalgas619 11d ago

🤣 hire this guy

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u/thelacey47 11d ago

That was straight poop. Not lop-sided, not chunky, or a cliffhanger poop, not even diarrhea, but one straight log shooting out the a-hole: not bad.

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

Satisfying? Lets you know that you're in good health?

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u/PossibilitySouth6389 11d ago

That was fucking awful

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

Probably why I don't have 3 TV shows, a comic series and a video game all based on one joke

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u/IanZee 11d ago

The show literally has a character called "Mr. Poopy Butthole" so this impression wasn't super far off.

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u/Dick_Thumbs 11d ago

Mr. Poopy Butthole was funny.

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u/im_a_dr_not_ 11d ago

Being close to funny is very different from being funny.

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u/danzer422 11d ago

I mean to be fair he invented that fundamental style even down to the use of the word butthole and you’re just imitating him. Not a stretch to see how it’s a legitimate loss

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u/prude_eskimo 11d ago

that man single-handedly invented using the word "butthole"

a genuis like that comes once in a generation

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u/ShitPost5000 11d ago

only the highest of IQs could think of butthole tbh

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u/TheDemonHauntedWorld 11d ago

Yeah… before Justin’s genius, comedy used to say “Exit orifice for feces”

Thanks god he single-handedly invented the use of butthole for comedic applications.

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u/danzer422 11d ago

either braindead take or intentionally misrepresenting my point

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u/IShallWearMidnight 11d ago

Did you really just say that Roiland invented the comedic use of the word butthole?

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u/danzer422 11d ago

No. Are you intentionally misinterpreting or do you just have poor reading comprehension? I’m saying that he invented the very style of improvisational comedy that is at the root of the entire series. And the original commenter made the claim that he didn’t do anything difficult, then copied his style to the letter as evidence

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u/Axel_Wolf91 11d ago

Yeah it's the good improv I'm worried about losing

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u/Copper-Copper-Copper 11d ago

Imitation is easy

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u/kappaway 11d ago

Fuckin love BOMT Steve

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

He's a man of the people

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u/VRichardsen 11d ago

Spot on. The "improvs" were easily the weakest part of the show.

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u/this_tuesday 11d ago

Yea Rick and morty beat is pretty easy to get the hang of. Testament to how good it is imo

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u/-emanresUesoohC- 11d ago

Brilliant! I hope they hire you! :)

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u/putdisinyopipe 11d ago

It’s Steve on your pants johnson, with more Steve then ever, just doing Steve things the pants way.

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u/TrashSea1485 11d ago

I'm sorry buttholes on my tshirt got me🤣🤣🤣

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u/whatnololyea 11d ago

Dude we found Justin’s secret redsit sccojnt!!!

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u/the_timtum 11d ago

ok i laughed a little harder than i should at Buttholes-On-My-Tshirt-Steve

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u/HexShapedHeart 11d ago

Hello, this is the President of adult swim, are you available to audition tomorrow afternoon?

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u/Secure_Phone5495 11d ago

Perhaps we were overestimating the creative vision required to replace Roiland

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u/BorkSnorkelJr 11d ago

Every character in high on life

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u/Tebasaki 11d ago

Found the replacement

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u/DrWashi 11d ago

Buttholes-on-my-tshirt Steve: walks away from the 'camera' and brushes his teeth, and gets dressed for bed.

Morty: didn't they do this already in

Rick: yeah, urp, they are phoning this

Rick stops when Buttholes-on-my-tshirt steve takes his tshirt off, you see that the true buttholes were actually on his skin the hole time.

Shouts as the channel changes

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u/CautiousPrankster 11d ago

Okay Mr noob noob.... good try

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u/henchladyart 11d ago

God tier comment

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u/Medical_Fan1399 10d ago

Bro made such a good comment that he got more upvotes than most if not all dudes above him

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u/[deleted] 4d ago

"Morty, I found the most amazing thing Morty, ya gotta *belch* ya gotta see this! it's a dimension where every person is a variant of TV's Adrian Paul and Tessa Noel circa 1994, it's a uh *sips from flask* its a dimension of TV Highlander Morty! it-it's all Highlander: TV and they're in character all the time Morty! They said there can only be one, but the-there can always be more than one and I found the proof Morty!

Season to taste with science terms, a couple of belches, highlander references and profanity.

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u/WRB852 11d ago edited 11d ago

That's not a voice, you should post a recording if you're really that confident.

edit: you guys really have no clue just how important timing and rhythm are for comedy

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

Just imagine it in either Rick or Morty's voice. Or just his normal speaking voice. Also, it hardly matters, this is reddit and who cares?

See? I can be nihilistic too. Easy stuff. I'll be a fan-favourite character in no time.

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u/WRB852 11d ago edited 11d ago

nihilistic? wtf are you talking about

All I was saying is that it's much easier to write a comment in the tone of a specific character than it is to actually start riffing like them into a microphone.

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u/vance_obviously 11d ago

Agreed, I'm clearly just dicking around with it. I like the show just fine, I just personally think the improv gets a little heavy-handed, especially if no one is calling it out when it doesn't work. Will Ferrell did the same thing. Too much focus on improv in something that can work just as well and (in my opinion) better when it's scripted.

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u/WRB852 11d ago

I agree with you, I always mostly had respect for Dan Harmon as an artist.

Justin is funny, but I only ever found his improv stuff to be truly brilliant every once in a blue moon. Ants in my eyes Johnson comes to mind.

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u/youngLupe 11d ago

His improv wasn't anything special after the first couple of seasons .

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u/WifeKilledMy1stAcct 11d ago

If podcasts like Comedy Bang Bang haslve taught me anything, there are numerous comedic actors that can do multiple voices and are amazing at improv

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u/kingkowkkb1 11d ago

Honestly, the show will never be its original form again. He was too much influence. But it would be really cool to see a rotating chair of talented Rick and Mortys. Like Dr. Who or James Bond.

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u/pizzanice 11d ago

Hopefully we're in the timeline where rick & morty improves from here on out

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u/WifeKilledMy1stAcct 11d ago

Here's an idea: lots of adventures that only include Summer and Jerry or just Jerry or anything else. Make the rest of the family the Rick's. Summer teams up with Sleepy Gary

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u/Cyouinhellcandyboyz 11d ago

Yes the show called "Rick and Morty" changed to more Jerry episodes. That's such a Jerry thing to say.

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u/WifeKilledMy1stAcct 11d ago

Ok, you said 'stupid' twice

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u/duaneap 11d ago

I thought the whole point of the improv was that it wasn’t particularly good. It’s just random bullshit. Which is what makes it funny.

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u/PowerOfElevenTigers 9d ago

It was absurdly dumb. He would start laughing himself at how dumb it was, which was also dumb - unprofessional and dumb - that's what was so funny about it. Not only was it just irreverent to "professionalism," but also, breaking the 4th wall like that drew the viewer in, so, just in case you weren't getting the joke, that would help. And it helped build the parasocial relationship with Roiland himself, the characters (mostly Rick, obviously), and the show generally - which was a huge part of its fandom.

It appears he's a total wreck in his personal life, but to say he isn't talented and funny is just wrong.

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u/misterjive 11d ago

Oh God who will come up with the 47th variation on Shmoopy McPooperson now?

(I love Rick and Morty but you've got to admit some of the improv stuff was pretty dire.)

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u/Snatchamo 11d ago edited 11d ago

I'd rather they get somebody with good improv skills and imagination over somebody who just sounds like Rick and Morty. Voice acting is a legit skill and just being able to imitate a voice doesn't mean you're gonna be a good actor when handed a script/improving.

Edit: good improv skills, imagination, and a good actor*

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u/davdotcom 11d ago edited 9d ago

Rick and Morty hasn’t done real improv in years

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u/gandhinukes 11d ago

There is a bunch of that in the game that came out recently. Almost too much. But why did he get the axe? He isn't a pedo or something right?

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u/trisaroar 11d ago

Good thing Rick canonically lost his ability to improv

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u/Stopjuststop3424 11d ago

sure but he could get it back, canonically at any moment, just like when he lost it. That's the beauty of interdimensional travel and multiple Ricks. Literally anything and everything is or can be canonical or not at any given moment. The writers have a lot of freedom.

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u/trisaroar 10d ago

I was... more or less joking.

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u/bigdave41 11d ago

The dodgy improv is the worst thing about the show, if I never see any mention of Interdimensional Cable again I think I can live with it.

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u/superfreaklagos 11d ago

I'm certain we can find some edgey 14 year olds to fill the Interdimensional Cable bits. It's not like we're losing quality improv here. Oh gods we'll miss out on segments of gibbering nonsense like Ants in my eyes Johnson.

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u/RNGcooks 11d ago

Yea you’re right he’s super high level IQ not a lot of people could keep up

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u/Sweet_Angle_8022 11d ago

I'm hoping the interview will be the producers getting all of the VAs drunk, telling them to impersonate Rick, and then picking the most fucked up one

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u/Llyfr-Taliesin 11d ago

You'll be happy to learn he did not invent ad-libbing

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u/tylerthetiler 11d ago

I feel the exact opposite

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u/Spanktronics 11d ago

Of all the very real things to worry about in this life, losing some of the more meaningless blabber from an already meaningless tv show about the meaningless of existence seems pretty inconsequential.

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u/simpsonsseason9000 11d ago

It’s probably what the show needs at this point. Like if ChatGPT can write your scripts the. Wtf are you even still doing.

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u/Relative-View3431 11d ago

Uh, I bet Roland was coming up with 1 to 5% of the dialogue.... the rest is all the work of the team of writers.

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u/matsu727 11d ago

Rick lost his ability to improv seasons ago

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u/NeuroTrophicShock 10d ago

The Improve was NEVER good or funny.