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Encyclopedia > Mr. Show with Bob and David
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Mr. Show was a sketch comedy series featuring former Saturday Night Live writer Bob Odenkirk and stand-up comedian/actor David Cross. It appeared on HBO from 1995 to 1998. Image File history File links Mrshow_logo. ... Image File history File links Mrshow_logo. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ... Bob Odenkirk (born Robert Odenkirk on October 22, 1962 in Naperville, Illinois) is an actor, writer, director and producer. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... David Cross is an actor and comedian. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

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Each episode of Mr. Show essentially consists of a series of skits, each one transitioning into the next by way of some sort of tangential association, called a link; for example, sometimes a minor character in one skit is followed as the major character in the next. Often common storylines or themes are returned to at different times throughout a given episode. The show is highly unpredictable and often quite absurd. It is regarded by sketch comedy aficionados as containing some of the best work of its era, though as a pay cable show its audience was limited. The DVDs, however, have sold well, and have opened the show up to a new audience.

Bob and David during the opening of one of the first episodes
Bob and David during the opening of one of the first episodes

Cast members on the show included Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Bill Odenkirk, Brett Paesel, Brian Posehn, Dino Stamatopoulos, Jay Johnston, Jerry Minor, Jill Talley, John Ennis, Karen Kilgariff, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul F. Tompkins, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Scott Adsit, Scott Aukerman, B.J. Porter, and Tom Kenny. Image File history File linksMetadata Bobanddavid. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Bobanddavid. ... Bob Odenkirk (born Robert Odenkirk on October 22, 1962 in Naperville, Illinois) is an actor, writer, director and producer. ... David Cross is an actor and comedian. ... Bill Odenkirk is an American comedy writer. ... Brian Posehn is an american actor and comedian. ... Dino Stamatopoulous in an episode of . ... Jay Johnston is a comedian, best known for his work as a writer and performer on the mid-1990s HBO sketch comedy show Mr. ... Jerry Minor started his first season as a featured member on Saturday Night Live on October 7, 2000, and was only on for one season. ... Jill Talley is a comedic actress, most well-known as a major cast member of Mr. ... John Ennis is an American actor and comic. ... Mary Lynn received Hollywood Lifes Breakthrough of the Year Award in January 2006. ... Paul F. Tompkins (born September 12, 1968) in (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) started out in stand-up comedy in 1986 at The Comedy Works, Philadelphia, PA, where he was half of a duo with the late Rick Roman. ... Sarah Silverman Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is a American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. ... Jack Black. ... Tom Kenny Tom Kenny (born July 13, 1962 in East Syracuse, New York) is a voice actor who is perhaps best known for his work in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, in which he is the voice of the title character, the narrator, Patchy the Pirate, and a number of...


The show also included some notable guest appearances including Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Brian Doyle-Murray, Dave Foley, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Cryer, Jon Stewart, Jonathan Katz, Jeff Goldblum, Julia Sweeney, Kato Kaelin, Laura Kightlinger, Maynard James Keenan, Michael McKean, and Vince Vaughn. Sarah Silverman Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is a American stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. ... Jack Black. ... Ben Stiller. ... Brian Doyle-Murray (born October 31, 1945) is an American comedian and actor from Chicago, Illinois. ... Dave Foley. ... Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969, in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA) is a comedian, actor and writer who first began headlining comedy clubs in 1996. ... Janeane Garofalo Janeane Garofalo (born September 28, 1964 in Newton, New Jersey), is an American stand-up comedian, actress, political activist, and radio host on Air America Radio. ... For the British politician, see John Cryer. ... Jon Stewart Jon Stewart (born November 28, 1962) is a Jewish American comedian, actor, author, and producer, best known as host of The Daily Show. ... Jonathan Katz is a comedian who created the animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, shown on Comedy Central, starring himself as a professional therapist. ... Goldblum, in a scene with Kim Thomson from the 1989 film The Tall Guy. ... Julia Sweeney (born October 10, 1959 in Spokane, Washington) is an American actress and comedian. ... Brian Kato Kaelin (born March 5, 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American celebrity who achieved fame during the 1995 trial of O. J. Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. ... Laura Kightlinger (born June 13, 1969, in Jamestown, New York, USA) is a comedienne. ... Maynard James Keenan (born April 17, 1964 as James Herbert Keenan) is an American rock singer. ... Michael McKean Michael McKean (born October 17, 1947) is an American actor, comedian, composer and musician, best known for his portrayal of Leonard Lenny Kosnowski on the sitcom Laverne and Shirley. ... Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor. ...

John Ennis, Paul F. Tompkins, Jay Johnston and Jack Black
John Ennis, Paul F. Tompkins, Jay Johnston and Jack Black

Mr. Show also spawned a spinoff movie, Run Ronnie Run, that went straight-to-DVD. Image File history File links Mrshow_couponthemovie. ... Image File history File links Mrshow_couponthemovie. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Run Ronnie Run is a movie spin-off from the popular HBO sketch comedy show Mr. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ...


The format of Mr. Show is heavily influenced by the British sketch comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, particularly in the linking of one skit to the next, a strong point for both shows, as it negates the tendency to expect each sketch to end on a punch line or similar high note (a common feature of more traditional sketch comedy shows such as Saturday Night Live). The interweaving of taped bits and stage-performed skits found in Flying Circus is prevalent in Mr. Show. Both shows depend greatly on absurdist humor and both avoid satirizing current events that would have quickly dated the comedy. Monty Pythons Flying Circus (aka Flying Circus or MPFC, known during the fourth season as Monty Python) was the popular BBC sketch comedy show from Monty Python. ... Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute comedy-variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. ...


The show contains a strong, confident contrarian viewpoint that at times mocks or satirizes organized religion, global capitalism, and America. Cynicism plays a heavy role in the show and there is little respect for traditionalism. Hence, the show, particularly its later seasons, tends to polarize people between those who love or hate the show. Churchianity is a negative description of organized religion that characterizes it as emphasizing the institutional forms of Christianity (traditions, rituals, committees, and programs) and omitting the actual gospel teachings of Jesus Christ that forms the basis of Christianity. ... Capitalism is commonly understood to mean an economic or socioeconomic system in which the means of production are predominantly privately owned and operated for profit, often through the employment of labour. ... Cynicism was originally the philosophy of a group of ancient Greeks called the Cynics (main article), founded by Antisthenes. ... A tradition is a story or a custom that is memorized and passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. ...


Conventions

Comedian Jon Stewart's guest appearance
Comedian Jon Stewart's guest appearance

Every episode begins with an individual introducing the hosts, Bob and David. During the first and second seasons, Mary Lynn Rajskub did this, while in the last two seasons Bob and David would be introduced by a character from a sketch in that given episode. In the opening dialogue, Bob is almost always dressed in a suit, while David is dressed down. Image File history File links Mrshow_jonstewart. ... Image File history File links Mrshow_jonstewart. ... Jon Stewart Jon Stewart (born November 28, 1962) is a Jewish American comedian, actor, author, and producer, best known as host of The Daily Show. ... Mary Lynn received Hollywood Lifes Breakthrough of the Year Award in January 2006. ... The term dialogue (or dialog) expresses basically reciprocal conversation between two or more persons. ...


Every episode's title is taken from a line of dialogue heard during the episode, with three exceptions. The title of the first episode in season one, "The Cry of a Hungry Baby," does not appear anywhere in the episode but in fact came from a skit that was eventually cut from the debut episode. The title of the eighth episode in season three, "Bush Is A Pussy," comes from a t-shirt worn by one of the characters. And the title of the sixth episode in season four, "Eat Rotten Fruit from a Shitty Tree," is a lyric from a song that only appears in instrumental form.


Certain lines of dialogue are often repeated by different characters during the course of a single show (e.g., "I was on the eighteenth hole!" in "The Biggest Failure in Broadway History" and "Who let you in?" in the episode of the same name).


See also

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