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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 [...]

Why 'The Colbert Report' Should Use Correspondents More Often

Last week, comedian Scott Thompson made an appearance on The Colbert Report as his Kids in the Hall character Buddy Cole. Cole, a gay socialite prone to long rants, popped up as Colbert's Sochi Winter Olympics correspondent to cover Russia's anti-gay laws. His appearance was well-received, both with the live audience and online, and Thompson has since appeared two more times as that character. It's an interesting move for the show, not just because it's the return of a beloved sketch comedy character but because The Colbert Report hasn't used a recurring character correspondent in a long time.

This Week in Comedy: Chris Lilley Brings Back Ja’mie and Bob Odenkirk's 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff

-Chris Lilley will return as Ja’mie from Summer Heights High in a new series called Ja’mie: Private School Girl, premiering on HBO November 24.

-A Breaking Bad spinoff about Saul Goodman is moving forward at AMC. We also talked to Bob Odenkirk about his book, Hollywood Said No! which he wrote with David Cross. They promoted the release of their book on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Reddit, and as correspondents on The Daily Show.

-We brought you the oral history of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

-We released our Guide to Vancouver’s Comedy Scene.

-We talked to Matt Besser and Matt [...]

Highlights from David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, and Brian Posehn's Reddit AMA

Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, and Brian Posehn have a new book out today called Hollywood Said No!, and they're doing a six-city comedy tour this month to promote the book. The trio went onto Reddit today to do a question-and-answer session to talk about the book and tour. Check out some of their best answers (and none of the worst questions) below:

Tonight's 'Comedy Bang Bang' Features Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Weird Al, Will Forte, and Tim Meadows

Most episodes of Scott Aukerman's IFC series Comedy Bang Bang are chock-full of big-time comedy types, but tonight's episode (airing at 10pm) is an especially exciting one for comedy nerds. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross both appear in the episode, the beloved Mr. Show duo's first time on TV together since a 2008 installment of Tim and Eric. Cross is the guest for the entire Bang Bang episode and Odenkirk only pops up for a short bit, but it's still pretty cool to see these guys on TV together again. In addition to Bob and David, Weird Al and SNL alums Tim Meadows and Will Forte also guest in the [...]

Watch 'Mr. Show' Alums David Cross and Paul F. Tompkins Catch Up with a Long Chat

David Cross is the guest on the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's excellent interview web series, Speakeasy, which debuted today. The resulting 20-minute chat covers a lot of ground, including Cross's feature directorial debut with the movie Hits, the two of them reminiscing about Mr. Show, and Cross explaining why he doesn't care about the ocean.

Sundance 2014 Adds Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, and More David Cross to Its Lineup

Following last week’s announcement of Sundance’s 2014 lineup, yesterday the festival announced its crop of new films set to premiere this year, adding another David Cross project as well as films featuring Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, and more. The comedy selection ranges from dark to romantic to touring one-man show; take a look at some selections from the lineup below:

Hits – Directed and written by David Cross. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations. Cast: Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Matt Walsh, Wyatt Cenac.

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross Were 'Daily Show' Correspondents Last Night

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross appeared on The Daily Show last night to promote their book, Hollywood Said No!, and not only sat down with Jon Stewart so he could geek out about Mr. Show, but joined Samantha Bee in a segment ridiculing a press conference from Michelle Bachman's recent trip to Egypt. Understandably, Jon is positively giddy at seeing the legendary sketch duo in action; his interview with them is below.

Talking to Bob Odenkirk About 'Hollywood Said No!', 'The Birthday Boys', and Working with David Cross on a New Showtime Pilot

It's a big year for Bob Odenkirk.

In addition to Breaking Bad ending its run with its highly-anticipated remaining episodes airing over the next few weeks, Odenkirk also has a new book with his Mr. Show cohort David Cross and a new TV series with sketch group The Birthday Boys. The book, a collection of unproduced screenplays and sketches he and Cross co-wrote (with contributions from Brian Posehn), is called Hollywood Said No!, and it just came out today. Plus, there's an audiobook version of Hollywood Said No! (also out today) that features the reunited Mr. Show cast acting out the orphaned Bob and David screenplays. On top of all [...]

How to Make a Sketch Comedy Show with Bob and David and the 'Mr. Show' Writers

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Recently, the Internet exploded with big news that Bob Odenkirk and David Cross would be going on a reunion tour and publishing [...]

David Cross to Play the Dead Boss in Fox's Pilot 'Dead Boss'

David Cross has been cast in a Fox pilot, his first since Arrested Development. Cross will guest star in the pilot Dead Boss as the titular "dead boss," Deadline reports. Based on the British show of the same name created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss stars 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski as Helen Stephens, an overachieving woman trying to prove she's innocent after being falsely convicted of murdering her narcissistic misogynistic boss, Derek Bridges (Cross). Amy Sedaris, Rachel Dratch, Cedric Yarborough, Justine Lupe, and Ravi Patel play supporting roles. David Cross recently guest starred on Community's second Dungeons & Dragons episode, which airs [...]

David Cross Is Guest Starring On 'Community'

Joining an incredible roster of guest stars, David Cross is set to appear on the upcoming fifth season of Community. Vulture reports that he will play Hank Hickey, the estranged son of newcomer Professor Hickey, played by Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks. The episode will be the show's second Dungeons & Dragons episode, following season two's "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons."

The guest list for season five of Community is a whos-who of comedy stars and friends. Recently announced guests include Vince Gilligan, Mitch Hurwitz, Tim Heidecker, and Eric Wareheim; others include Nathan Fillion, Paget Brewster, Rob Corddry, Brie Larson, LeVar Burton, Kumail Nanjiani, and Ben Folds.

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross Appeared on 'Jimmy Fallon' Together Last Night

Here's David Cross on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, promoting his book with Bob Odenkirk, Hollywood Said No! — only to have his interview interrupted by his Alvin and the Chipmunks-obsessed biggest fan (played by Odenkirk).

David Cross Just Directed His First Movie

David Cross recently finished directing his first movie, a dark indie comedy called Hits, Deadline reports. Cross both wrote and directed the film, which explores fame in the YouTube era, set in a small town in upstate New York. Cross assembled quite an impressive cast for Hits, with Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac and Jake Cherry making up the ensemble cast. Julia Stiles, Michael Cera, Dave Koechner, Amy Sedaris, Erinn Hayes, and Russ Tamblyn also make appearances. Cross is currently developing a series with Showtime about a travel writer leading a double life, and he has a book with Bob Odenkirk out next week [...]