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Bob Odenkirk Plays the Heartbroken DJ Pollocktopus on 'The Birthday Boys'

Here's a sneak peek from this Friday's episode of IFC's The Birthday Boys featuring executive producer Bob Odenkirk. It's the age-old classic tale — a loving Polish father named Stolof raises his seven sons to be successful hipster DJs, only to watch them all abandon his dream to pursue their own paths.

Watch a Play from Bob Odenkirk's New Book Called "Hitler Dinner Party"

Bob Odenkirk's new book A Load of Hooey comes out today, and to get you excited, he teamed up with Funny or Die and the voice talents of Megan Amram to turn his short play "Hitler Dinner Party" into a fully realized and extremely awkward animation. For more monologues, poetry, fiction, and plays from the mind of Bob Odenkirk, order yourself a copy of A Load of Hooey immediately.

Diving Deep Into the Legendary 'Mr. Show' Season 3 Writing Staff

Writing Staff Breakdown is a new Splitsider column that takes a writing staff from a beloved TV comedy, examines their individual contributions to the show and collaborations between the writers before and after. This week, we're looking at the writers for the third season of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross's Mr. Show.

"Mr. Show was certainly from a writers perspective, the best show to work for on TV. Which is to say, you have the most freedom." – Bob Odenkirk, in the book Mr. Show What Happened?!

One of the most influential and revered sketch shows ever on television, Mr. Show amassed a devoted following amongst comedy fans and [...]

Bob Odenkirk Wrote a Book of Plays, Monologues, Short Fiction, and Free-Verse Poetry

Bob Odenkirk is set to release his first book, a collection of short pieces called A Load of Hooey that's set to come out via publisher McSweeney's later this year. The book will include a variety of different stuff, including plays, monologues, short fiction, and free-verse poetry, with pieces titled "Martin Luther King, Jr’s Worst Speech Ever," "Obituary for the Creator of Madlibs," and more. Odenkirk, who is set to star in the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, released a collection of unproduced scripts he co-wrote with David Cross last fall called Hollywood Said No!, but A Load of Hooey will be the first solo [...]

'Better Call Saul' Should Be On the Air Within a Year, Will Spend a Lot of Time in Court

This weekend, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan said that he expects the show's spinoff Better Call Saul, starring Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, to be on the air "before next year is done." And showrunner Peter Gould talked a bit about what to expect from the show and how it'll be different from Breaking Bad: Saul will be spending a lot more time in courtrooms. Seeing that the character is a lawyer, that makes sense, although he was never once seen in a courtroom setting in Breaking Bad. He was more of an expert at keeping his clients out of court rather than helping them through the [...]

Bob Odenkirk Announces 'A Load of Hooey' Tour Dates

To promote his brand new book A Load of Hooey, Bob Odenkirk is going on a nationwide tour that will be split between readings/book signings and live comedy shows featuring opening act Brandon Wardell. Stops in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and New York will feature readings from the book as well as guest readings, sketches not included in the book, and "special yammerings." Click through for the full list of tour dates and information:

Bob Odenkirk's New Album 'Amateur Hour' Is Out November 25th

Over the summer it was announced that Bob Odenkirk was taping his very first comedy album Amateur Hour, which will also include rising standup Brandon Wardell as an opening act both on the album and corresponding tour to promote Odenkirk's book of plays out next month A Load of Hooey. Odenkirk announced the album's November 25th release date today on Twitter, where he also revealed that he just finished recording a special bonus track for it as well. Amateur Hour will be released through AST Records; more information on Odenkirk's new book and tour can be found over at his website.

AMC Orders Season 2 of 'Better Call Saul' Before Season 1 Even Airs; Pushes Premiere to 2015

AMC announced today they've ordered a second season of Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, prior to the first season even premiering. The network has also delayed the first season premiere of Better Call Saul, which was supposed to happen in November, and is now pushed to early 2015. The second season will consist of 13 episodes; the first will be 10 episodes. Additionally, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will now be serving as co-showrunner. He had previously not planned on being involved in the show full-time.

Created by Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul is an hour-long comedy-drama that stars Bob Odenkirk as his Breaking Bad character Saul [...]

Watch Bob Odenkirk and Martin Freeman in the Trailer for FX's 'Fargo'

FX's new comedy-drama Fargo, which is loosely based on the Coen Brothers' movie of the same name, premieres April 15th, and here's the first trailer for it. The show stars Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Kate Walsh, and Bob Odenkirk, whom you get a quick glimpse of in the trailer as a police officer who's too polite to vomit up his wife's cooking.

'Better Call Saul' Might Be A Sequel, Or a Prequel/Sequel Combo

Better Call Saul, the highly anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff starring Bob Odenkirk's lawyer character Saul Goodman, may not end up being a prequel after all. In a recent IGN interview, Odenkirk said the format of the show, which was picked up in September, is still being decided.

A lot of people do want to see what happens to next to Saul. So, I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they’ve talked about prequel, but they’ve also talked to me about sequel, and they’ve also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel.

He also affirmed that the show will be more dramedy than a [...]

Bob Odenkirk's Advice to Aspiring Comedy Writers: "Don't Ever Look at What's Happening Now"

"But I honestly would tell anyone young to start looking at stories and learning story, because I think that’s the next step after people go, 'OK, I've had enough of that improvisation, I've had enough of those short comedy bits. Tell me a story, tell me a more complex story, something that lasts and maybe has a little more meaning to it.' Don’t ever look at what's happening now; look at what's coming next."

- Bob Odenkirk advises aspiring comedy writers to look beyond today's sketch show boom — which he says is "about to collapse" — in a new interview with Salon.

Bob Odenkirk Has a New Album and Upcoming Tour with Brandon Wardell

In an uncommon but awesome move, Bob Odenkirk is including his opening act Brandon Wardell on his new album Amateur Hour, which was recorded back in May at LA's NerdMelt Theater. Wardell posted the news on his Facebook page yesterday and also revealed that he'll be joining Odenkirk on his tour to promote his book of plays A Load of Hooey this October, with the album set for a release in November or December. As for finding out that Odenkirk included him on the album, Wardell said: "I thought I was just opening for his album recording and then found out after the show I'm actually [...]

Bob Odenkirk Is Recording a Comedy Album

Bob Odenkirk may be releasing his first comedy album sometime soon. Odenkirk is holding a taping at LA's NerdMelt Theater next Thursday night under the name "Bob Odenkirk – Amateur Hour" with the description promising that he'll be performing "all the material he can print out or remember" and that the event is a "possible album recording?" The show, which is presumably standup, is being put on by AST Records, who would be releasing the hypothetical album. The album is just the latest in a string of projects from Odenkirk, including the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, the upcoming season of IFC's The Birthday Boys (which he produces), [...]

Watch Chris Farley as Matt Foley in This Pre-'SNL' Second City Performance

The Second City recently posted the above clip from a July 1990 revue called "Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, or Censorama" in which Chris Farley performs as the frenetic motivational speaker Matt Foley supported by Second City vets Bob Odenkirk, Tim Meadows, Jill Talley, David Pasquesi, Tim O'Malley, and Holly Wortell. If Farley's eight SNL appearances as the van-living Foley weren't enough for you, this wonderful vintage installment will definitely fill at least some of the Farley void in your heart.