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Saul Goodman Gets to Work in AMC's 'Better Call Saul' Extended Trailer

After a series of teasers, AMC finally released an extended Better Call Saul trailer over the weekend, featuring Bob Odenkirk reprising his Breaking Bad character in a spin-off he described as "85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy." The series — which already has a second season order — debuts on AMC with a two-night premiere on February 8th and 9th at 10:00pm.

Bob Odenkirk on Being an Amateur Standup and the Inevitable Decline of Improv

Bob Odenkirk may be busier than ever, starring in the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, but that doesn't mean he's put comedy on the back burner. If anything, he's amped up his comedic output as of late. Odenkirk released his first book A Load of Hooey last month, he's producing and writing for the IFC sketch show The Birthday Boys (currently in its second season), he just got back from a book reading/live comedy tour, and his debut standup album, Amateur Hour, comes out today. Recorded this summer at LA's Nerdist Theater and released by A Special Thing Records, Amateur Hour consists of a standup performance by Odenkirk, as well as a set from [...]

Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul': "It's a Total Drama, Man"

AMC's Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul premieres on the network in February, and in a recent interview with THR, star Bob Odenkirk cleared up any confusion about where on the series will tilt on the comedy/drama scale. The original concept for Better Call Saul was a half-hour comedy, but Odenkirk says it quickly turned into an hourlong drama: "It's a total drama, man. It's 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy." Head over to THR to read the rest of the interview, which includes Odenkirk's thoughts on writing for SNL, Get a Life, and the one network note Mr. Show got from HBO during its run [...]

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 [...]

Paul F. Tompkins Teases a 2015 'Mr. Show' Reunion

It's no longer a question of whether or not a Mr. Show reunion is happening, but how long will we have to wait for it? Mr. Show writer/cast member Paul F. Tompkins recently tweeted a photo of some of the Mr. Show gang hanging out at what is hopefully a writers' table with the somewhat mysterious caption "Eight men out… of the 1990s. Maybe something new coming from the Mr. Show gang in the new year? #MrShow." Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk confirmed with us in November that he hopes for a reunion of the HBO sketch show sometime this year:

Beyond more focus on telling longer [...]

Bob Odenkirk Reads an Excerpt from 'A Load of Hooey' on 'Conan'

Bob Odenkirk is currently on tour promoting his new book A Load of Hooey, and he stopped by last night's Conan to do a live reading as a shameless politician who calls a press conference to get some skeletons out of his closet.

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 [...]

The Young Standup: Brandon Wardell on Drake, Bob Odenkirk, and Taking the Unexpected Path

At 22 he may be young, but he looks even younger. With a recent move to Los Angeles from his native DC, Brandon Wardell's notoriety in the comedy scene is growing.

He was included as the opening act of Bob Odenkirk's latest album Amateur Hour and even featured on the album's cover — a dream for any young comedian. He's even begun to make the podcast rounds as a recent guest on the OMFG Earwolf podcast and The Todd Glass Show – listen if you are prepared to hear a Brandon Wardell song stuck in your head for days.

To understand his humor, read his Twitter feed of one-liners about pop [...]

Watch Bob Odenkirk and David Pasquesi Face off in a Heated Political Debate at Second City

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

With Election Day right around the corner and Bob Odenkirk now on a nationwide book tour, there's no better time to unearth this clip from Second City's 1990 revue Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only or Censorama featuring ensemble performers Chris Farley, Tim [...]

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.