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 [...]
Here's the latest episode of Paul F. Tompkins's web chat show Speakeasy, with guest Scott Aukerman, host of Comedy Bang! Bang! and, like Tompkins, a former writer for Mr. Show. It's fun to see these two talk with Tompkins out of character, after having heard/seen him hilariously play so many people that aren't himself on Comedy Bang! Bang! and it results in a conversation that's just as funny as any time these two are in the same room together.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]