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Friday, June 21st, 2013

The 24 Best 'Mr. Show' Sketches, In Order

Believe it or not, the cult favorite sketch series Mr. Show will be having its 20th anniversary in 2015. The two years leading up to the milestone will be full of exciting stuff from Mr. Show stars/creators Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, who are working together again after a few years apart. Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman announced this week that Odenkirk and Cross are performing a sketch together on his IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang!, set to air this summer. In addition to that, the duo is releasing a book of unproduced screenplays together, going on a mini-standup/book tour to promote it, and performing new material at Tenacious D's massive comedy-rock gathering Festival Supreme this fall.

Inspired by all the new Bob and David stuff coming down the pipeline, we thought it was the appropriate time to rank the 24 (the highest number) best Mr. Show sketches of all time in this definitive list that you can't possibly argue with because it's perfect.

24. Blowing Up the Moon (Season 3, Episode 6)

There's a lot going on in "Blowing Up the Moon," and all the pieces work together really well. Based on an idea by writer Mike Upchurch, it's a sketch loaded with funny stuff but the funniest part has to be Bob Odenkirk's jingoistic country singer C.S. Lewis Jr.

23. Megaphone Crooners (Season 2, Episode 6)

A fun sketch about 1920s megaphone crooners that's an excellent example of Mr. Show's spot-on genre parodies.

22. Lifeboat (Season 4, Episode 1)

Jerry Springer on a lifeboat. The highlight of the sketch (and maybe the entire episode) is easily Jerry Minor's line, "Life is precious, and God, and the Bible." Bill Odenkirk, who had the initial idea for the sketch, says he and others from the show saw an actual Springer episode a year or two later in which a Mr. Show fan stood up in the audience and quoted the scene.

21. Marilyn Monster Pizza Parlor (Season 4, Episode 10)

David Cross's excellent take-off on Marilyn Manson who, in the Mr. Show world, has endorsed his own family friendly pizza parlor.

20. Van Hammersly (Season 2, Episode 4)

I could watch Bob Odenkirk talk about old-timey movie stars and shoot pool all day.

19. F.F. Woodycooks (Season 2, Episode 1)

Based on Chicago ex-cop/TV host J.J. Bittenbinder, F.F. Woodycooks is a strong character piece for Bob Odenkirk and one of the best sketches from early in Mr. Show's run.

18. Goodbye (Season 4, Episode 10)

The only Mr. Show sketch directed by David Cross, "Goodbye" is an absurd and somewhat poignant filmed piece that turns a relatable situation into something absurd.

17. Fuzz: The Musical (Season 3, Episode 2)

One of two Ronnie Dobbs sketches from the show, this one features some great music from the show's resident composer Eban Schletter, which shows off the underrated vocal abilities of David Cross.

16. Thrilling Miracles (Season 2, Episode 1)

A great Bob sketch that sees him playing a demented British infomercial pitchman, selling and hitting people with a pan.

15. Monster Mash (Season 4, Episode 7)

Based on an actual Boston comedian David Cross knew who insisted he was abducted by aliens, "Monster Mash" gives 30 Rock's "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" a run for its money in the nichey world of "Monster Mash" parodies.

14. Gus Kryzinski, Night Janitor (Season 3, Episode 10)

Worth the price of admission for that shot of David Cross bursting out of the basketball bin.

13. The Joke: The Musical (Season 1, Episode 2)

One of the show's many amusing musical sketches, this one features amazing performances from a young Jack Black, Meleva Barbula, and, of course, Bob Odenkirk as the milking machine.

12. Taint (Season 4, Episode 6)

Featuring the acting debut of Scott Aukerman's taint.

11. Lie Detector (Season 3, Episode 3)

A simple but strong premise with great performances from the cast.

10. On the Spot News (Season 3, Episode 8)

The premise really sneaks up on you with this sketch, one of several news parodies from Mr. Show.

9. Mayostard / Mustardayonnaise / Mustmayostardayonnaise (Season 3, Episode 5)

Dueling mustard/mayonnaise combo commercials featuring a tour de force performance from Jay Johnston as Abraham Lincoln.

8. Spite Marriage (Season 4, Episode 7)

Written by Bill Odenkirk and Dino Stamatopoulos, this one takes something we've all seen before and blows it out into something unexpected and beautiful.

7. The Fad Three (Season 3, Episode 5)

The best of the two Beatles parodies from Mr. Show, "The Fad Three" is a well-executed and clever sketch that nails the look and tone of its subject matter.

6. Teardrop Awards (Season 4, Episode 9)

Some of the best moments from Mr. Show involve Bob Odenkirk singing, and it's used to great effect in this sketch that stars Odenkirk and Cross as thinly-veiled parodies of Brian Wilson and Eric Clapton competing for a saddest song award.

5. Pre-Taped Call-In Show (Season 3, Episode 10)

Written by Brent Forrester and Dino Stamatopoulos from an idea Forrester had while working at The Ben Stiller Show, "Pre-Taped Call-In Show" is an intricate logic web of a sketch like Stamatopoulos's well-known Mr. Show sketch "Audition" (see below).

4. Rapist (Season 4, Episode 4)

A short, simple sketch starring Bob Odenkirk as another unexplainably upbeat loser.

3. The Story of Everest (Season 4, Episode 4)

A polarizing sketch, "The Story of Everest" makes excellent use of Jay Johnston's gifts as a physical comedian and really hits you over the head with its silly premise. In Naomi Odenkirk's book, Mr. Show: What Happened?!, Bill Odenkirk called this one "the scene we talked about more than any other in the show, in more detail and at more length."

2. Fairsley Foods (Season 4, Episode 4)

A series of dueling grocery store ads that grows unexpectedly dark and sad, this one's packed with funny moments and a sketch that doesn't get mentioned enough in "What's the best Mr. Show sketch?" conversations.

1. Audition (Season 4, Episode 3)

Another complex sketch from writer Dino Stamatopoulos. Stamatopoulos and Brian Posehn have both tried performing this sketch at actual auditions, which, needless to say, doesn't go great.

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  • Jeff Trine

    Really? Don't you know I have work to do today?

  • Ben Popik

    "The Devastator" didn't make the list? That seems like an oversight.

  • The Deuce

    Where's Titanica??!?

    • D

      Dude seriously…in my opinion one of their best skits.

    • Jolie S. Evans

      like Henry replied I am surprised that anybody can get paid $8779 in 1 month on the computer. did you look at this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • The Deuce

    and who could forget the "Hail Satan" TV Evangelist??

  • jmw

    no 'change for a dollar'?! i thought that'd be on the list for sure.

  • Danny

    Jeepers Creepers!!!

  • Ranithy Ben

    No "The Bob Lamonta Story" either? Blasphemy!

  • Fly Ricky

    Next list should be top 24 Mr. Show DVD commentary. The phone sex sketch where Jay and Paul do voice over is a clear winner.

    • http://thekyleidoscope.tumblr.com/ Kylie

      Telephone time!

  • Jamie

    Pallies?

    • ilostallthemoney

      these guys are a bunch of a mother father chinese dentists

  • Christopher Petkus

    No east coast/west coast ventriloquists? No "Coupon: The Movie?"

  • Mr.PenWilliamson

    Pretty solid list, BUT NO GLOBO CHEM?! Would also loved to have seen "The Civil War: The Re-Enactments", "The Devastater", "Philouza", "New San Fransisco", and "Grass Valley Gregg".

  • JMP

    My favorite was Ma and Pa porno shop.

    • bailzeebub

      Replying to a 10-month old comment to say WHO SPEAKS ILL OF PORNOGRAPHY????

  • Tard

    WHERE'S *INSERT SKETCH HERE*?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • callmefilmgeek

    Altered State of Drugachussetts!

  • Mattashell

    There are very few *bad** Mr. Show sketches, but this list consists mostly of weaker ones. Megaphone Crooners is my #1.

    • ilostallthemoney

      that episode is actually one of the best of the show's run. the donut shop sketch leading into megaphone crooners is the scene we quote the most and coupon the movie is a movie about a coupon.

      • Tim

        It is a solid episode, but the Crooners sketch is not great.

    • Steven Keaton

      You must be exhausting to be around. I am so glad I don't know you.

  • Mattashell

    You know, when I posted below, I had just browsed the list and not actually clicked on all the videos, and I didn't realize "The Story of Everest" was *THAT* sketch. You put that at number three. That is the worst sketch from the entire show's run and possibly the only truly bad Mr. Show sketch. This is SNL type humor, one bad joke that wasn't funny to begin with repeated ad nauseam hoping eventually that the stupidest members of your audience will eventually laugh. Your list is invalid sir.

    • Carson

      Whaaaaat??

    • Ryan Richmond

      I don't think "Everest" was quite that terrible, but I do agree that this is a weak list. "Monks vs Fat Kids" and "Change for a Dollar" should have definitely been included.

    • Mr. Overexagerator

      "Your list is invalid sir"

      Smug pieces of shit like you are the reason why I contemplate suicide everyday.

    • Steven Keaton

      Wow… talk about missing the point… (woosh)

  • Nick Hill

    Where's Jeepers Creepers & Pit-Pat/ Commercials of the Future?!

  • ilostallthemoney

    COUPON THE MOVIE THE RIDE

  • Michael Albright

    Since there are 24 entries and 21 comments and nobody mentions the OBVIOUS best sketch they ever did (the multi-cultural hate group), it's pretty clear there's just a lot of damn good sketches on Mr. Show's run. Good enough, even, to fool everyone into thinking they are better than the multi-cultural hate group sketch.

  • DannyP

    Where's every other sketch that the show ever did? You guys totally missed that one!

  • JenJen345489

    Really? "Gangster Mathematician" didn't make the list?

  • Mikey

    I won't argue with alot of these, but I can't help but feel like Imminent Death Syndrome should be on top.

  • Pound of Salt

    Thrilling Miracles is by far the WORST Mr. Show sketch. Odenkirk's character just seems like a poorly thought out improv moment.

    • Ryan Richmond

      Are you referring to the Super Pan sketch? If so, you are out of your mind.

  • Steve V.

    "The Bob Lamonta Story," "Predicting the Future of Fashion with Nostradamus," "The Dalai Lama," "Spank > Founding Fathers," "Dr. Sammy," Titanica," "Grass Valley Greg," "Change for a Dollar,""Ventroloquists," "Imminent Death Syndrome," "Pallies," "A Blowjob," "Re-Enactments," "Overcome," "God's Book on Tape," "24," "Globochem," "Chip on the Shoulder Club," "Fuzz: The Musical," "Druggachusettes," "Indomitable Spirit," "Hunger Strike," "Watch Us Have Sex," "Young People and Their Companions."

    That's 24 part two.

    • Steve V.

      Not "Fuzz: The Musical," I meant the original Dobbs sketch. Excuse me.

  • Faith

    I'm upset there's no mention of Pit Pat.

  • Carson

    So…no Monks vs. Fat Kids? That's top 3 for me.

    • Ryan Richmond

      Agreed, my favorite transition as well.

  • jackson

    I hate to be another one of these guys but where's Change for a Dollar?

  • Steven Keaton

    The fake E hollywood story where it shows him dancing over and over plus the fat kids vs monks is a pretty big oversight. Sheesh Bob Lamonta and hail satan too… I love kedseys stand up routine too

  • Jose Frankenstein

    I spit on your spit. I piss on your spit. I shit on your piss. I fart on your shit. I laugh at your fart. We are friends again! Hey!

  • Colin Fisher

    I don't care what sketch you put where, I'm just thankful you didn't turn this into a 24-page slideshow. Well done.

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  • Christie Nakase

    Where's" My father touched my butthole", and Catholics + Satanists, Creeping Peeping VideoS, and Donut Shop Guy, HSN
    NO 'You're Fired"?

  • ye

    I was expecting the sketch with the rich people slandering each other via commercials.

  • Eric

    For #8. I think special mention should go to 'Progressive Flo' as the Waitress (0:03) and Nurse (3:39).