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 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 [...]
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 [...]
Tonight, IFC is debuting its new comedy The Birthday Boys, the latest in a recent wave of TV sketch shows that includes Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, and IFC's own Portlandia. But while all those other programs are centered on one our two personalities, The Birthday Boys is — like a lot of classic sketch shows — made up of a larger group of comedians and one that existed before the show.
Performing comedy together since 2006, The Birthday Boys consists of seven writer-performers (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, Chris VanArtsdalen), six of whom met at Ithaca College before moving to [...]
This Friday, IFC is set to launch its newest comedy show, The Birthday Boys. Written by and starring LA-based sketch group of the same name, The Birthday Boys is the first TV show in several years to come from a pre-existing sketch group.
Made up of seven members (Jefferson Dutton, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Matt Kowalick, Mike Mitchell, and Chris VanArtsdalen), The Birthday Boys formed in 2007. The group began making popular web videos together and performing a monthly show at LA's UCB Theatre. Joining The Birthday Boys for their TV show is Bob Odenkirk, who is serving as a producer in addition to acting, writing, and directing [...]