This previous weekend, the comic Eric Andre auctioned off his first NFT—a burbling, animated bust of his head(s) titled “Non-Flushable Turd.”
Andre is finest recognized for “The Eric Andre Present,” a surreal reinterpretation of the traditional sit-down discuss present, the place he’s interviewed (and totally spooked) T.I., Lauren Conrad, Jack Black, Pauly D, and plenty of extra. He additionally starred within the 2020 comedy “Unhealthy Journey,” which The New York Instances has referred to as “preposterously tasteless.”
He’s the newest celeb to hop on the NFT (non-fungible token) bandwagon, a development that many critics have dismissed as a pure money seize. Over the cellphone, Andre stated that’s precisely what it’s.
After an preliminary delay (“I’m so hungover I threw up,” he texted on the morning of our interview), Decrypt managed to snag 12 minutes on the cellphone with Andre, who did his finest to advertise his NFT from the within of a packed automotive.
The next has been edited and condensed for readability.
Eric Andre: I am in a automotive stuffed with my pals and my girlfriend. So it would—it will not be awkward, however you would possibly hear some chatter within the B.G., background.
Decrypt: All good. Are you alive? What did you do final evening?
I drank method an excessive amount of alcohol.
Are you in New York?
I am in Charleston, South Carolina.
I am doing “The Righteous Gem stones,” the Danny McBride present for HBO, so I’m out right here capturing.
So, NFTs, crypto. What’s your tackle the entire thing? How did this NFT occur?
Properly, you realize, I have been a crypto billionaire for years…
[To friend] Ought to I inform him the actual story?
My girlfriend was like, you’ve obtained to get into NFTs. And I used to be like, what’s that? And my buddy Brianna went, “non-flushable turds.” After which my girlfriend’s like, “No, belief me, it is on the blockchain. You’ll get Ethereum.” And I’m going, “What phrases are you talking?” I felt like an previous man, like an unthawed caveman. It seemed like skateboard tips. It was like, “Yeah, do a pop shove it nosegrind 360 flip again shove it HTTP backslash.” After which our buddy Sam, who’s an artist, was like, “Dude, I simply made $4 million promoting a pc factor.” And I used to be like, “Whaaaat?” So I reached out to some pals that make laptop issues, and now I am making an attempt to journey the wave. Did I miss the wave?
The large wave was a pair months in the past.
Yeah, yeah. So, I ought to’ve listened to my girlfriend when she was talking that… talkin’ that shit.
They informed me you don’t actually know something about crypto, and I used to be like, that is superb.
Yeah, the cash, the crypto cash… which is I assume the brand new forex? Cash is an phantasm, it is all theoretical to start with. I’m a gold normal man. I imagine in fuckin’ gold blocks.
I’m like a conquistador from fifteen-dickity-six.
Do you’re feeling like crypto is humorous? Like, is there an inherent weirdo comedy to it?
Properly, it’s new, and it is theoretical. However at one level paper cash was new and theoretical. So it isn’t that a lot completely different than paper cash. It is like, this paper represents this quantity of, no matter—worth or work, it is the type of the identical factor, I assume besides like, most governments do not imagine in it. Apart from El Salvador, essentially the most secure nation. They’re recognized for his or her political stability.
Would you progress there, now that they’re into Bitcoin?
Oh, yeah, yeah. I really feel secure there, it’s like my dwelling away from dwelling… No, I do not suppose I am shifting to El Salvador any time quickly.
Do you anticipate folks to present you shit in interviews since you give different folks shit?
Generally. I do not give anyone shit, it doesn’t come from a malicious place. However generally folks strive, and it is often type of clunky. And I’m like, “Go away the comedy to me, younger man.” I give ‘em that lecture.
So you’re feeling like folks can’t outsmart you throughout interviews anyway.
Nah, who am I, Noam Chomsky? Folks can outsmart me. However often journalists haven’t got the quantity of prank expertise that I do, so after they strive it often falls to items fairly rapidly.
It’s arduous to do pranks over the cellphone for a crypto web site.
I imply, I feel it was Ben Franklin who as soon as stated, “It is arduous to do pranks over the cellphone for a crypto web site.”
What concerning the artwork for the NFT? Who really put it collectively?
My pals Maylee [Todd] and Kyle [Tan]. And I obtained a pair extra popping out with another buddies. I really do like what it’s doing for the artwork world, the place it’s slicing out the intermediary or the curator system. That previous system is corrupt, and it isn’t completely artist-friendly. I feel [NFTs are] nice for an artist.
I feel that if an artist can promote their artwork on to any individual and make residuals on that artwork, they’ve extra management over their artwork. And the cash stream is on to their pockets, they usually minimize out the gallery system, which is run by cash laundering aristocrats which can be mainly tax evading mobsters.
Proper, as a result of crypto has no tax evading mobsters.
Properly that’s additionally true. At the very least the tax evading mobsters’ cash goes like 90% to the artists versus 50% of it. So if an artist is getting soiled cash for his or her work, at the very least they’re getting nearly all of their soiled cash now, than the fucking antiquated gallery system.
Lots of people hate NFTs as a result of they suppose they’re dangerous for the atmosphere, or they’re only a money seize. Did you anticipate any backlash?
Money seize? Sure. I am solely in it for the cash. So fuckin’ deliver it on. However apparently there is a new platform—and also you most likely know extra about this than me—there’s an Ethereum 2 popping out that’s imagined to be carbon impartial. And in addition I haven’t got youngsters, so I am not contributing to a carbon footprint. Each human you add to this earth is destroying the world exponentially.
What are you watching, studying, and listening to when you’re on the market filming?
I am studying this ebook on the historical past of Haiti. And it is fucking miserable. And I am additionally studying this ebook on the historical past of the drug battle that is actually fascinating. I went to Mexico and I Shazam’d quite a lot of Mexican music, like cumbia. Not Colombian cumbia, however like Mexican cumbia. I’ve been touring a lot, I have never been watching that a lot. I watched the Phoenix Suns sport final evening, I watched the Suns beat the Clippers.
Every little thing else I am engaged on, I am contractually not allowed to debate it till I am selling it, sadly. However I’ve obtained a few issues developing. And I feel they will not be a shock, I feel you’ll determine it out. It will be a pure evolution of my earlier work.
Are you into every other tech?
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