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David Cross Needs Your Help Distributing 'Hits,' and the 'Mr. Show' Reunion Tapes in March

David Cross has decided to take a different approach in releasing his directorial debut Hits through a new Kickstarter campaign. The film — which stars Matt Walsh, Meredith Hagner, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac, and more — is slated for a theatrical release in February, but Cross turned down multiple distributors because "their plans for the film were a little lackluster." Instead, he's set up a Kickstarter where fans can back the distribution costs for a release both in theaters and an experimental "Pay What You Want" release on BitTorrent. Here's an excerpt from the Kickstarter page:

We want you to decide how much tickets cost [...]

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 [...]

Talking to Paul F. Tompkins About 'Speakeasy', Ice-T, and 'Mr. Show's 20th Anniversary

2014 has been a busy year for Paul F. Tompkins so far. He's starring in an ABC sitcom pilot opposite Molly Shannon and hosting the web chat series Speakeasy, Fusion's political puppet show No, You Shut Up!, the podcast/live show Dead Authors, and his Largo live show Varietopia. I recently caught up with Tompkins on the set of Speakeasy to talk about the plethora of projects he has going, being hoodwinked by an Ice-T impersonator, and Mr. Show's upcoming 20th anniversary.

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Watch Scott Aukerman and Paul F. Tompkins Have a Chat on 'Speakeasy'

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.

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 [...]

There Is No Such Thing as a Smart Fart Joke

It’s kind of good and fun, or at least strangely comforting, to have this positivist attitude about comedy and comedy writing, that if you just apply the magical alchemy you can turn any subject matter into a clever, witty bon mot. This idea that, like, “Hey, sometimes it’s tough, but if you you’re good enough, you can make smart jokes about any topic. That’s what makes comedy so great!” It always kind of reminds me of that thing in sales culture, where they’re like, “Hey buddy, if you’re a good enough salesman, you can sell anything to anyone.”

Well I’m here to tell you that you can’t sell anything to [...]

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.

This Week in Web Videos: 'The Audition'

Last week, we published the 90th installment of This Week In Web Video’s (formerly called “This Week’s Web Series You Need To Watch”). It follows that this week’s write-up is the 91st installment. That’s 9 away from 100, 100 away from 200, and 800 away from 1,000. Bottom line is, we’ve talked about a lot of great web content here, and there’s a long, wide, impeccably paved road ahead, leading to a whole lot more chatter. This week, I thought it wise to take a step back, so we could collectively appreciate The Audition one of the simplest, most pure pieces of short-form comedy I’ve ever seen [...]

'Mr. Show' Composer Eban Schletter Has a New Earwolf Podcast

The absurdly talented Eban Schletter, who's served as a composer on Mr. Show, The Pod F. Tompkast, SpongeBob SquarePants, and countless other projects, has a new podcast debuting on the Earwolf network today. Called Eban Schletter's Fantastical Musicorium, it features Schletter going through his back-catalogue of songs he's composed for comedies and other shows that have never seen the light of day and just generally showing off how great he is at making music for TV.