We’re on a bit of a sketch comedy kick in Sunday Evening Videos. Last week we brought you clips of The Kids In The Hall, and this week were’ going to present a few random, not safe for work, episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David.
Mr. Show with Bob and David was the premiere showcase for the American alternative comedy movement of the 1990s. Produced and hosted by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the show featured performers and writers like Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Tom Kenny, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn, Jill Talley, Scott Aukerman, and Dino Stamatopoulos. That’s really just the tip of the iceberg.
For four seasons on HBO Mr. Show introduced America to many of the performers who would go on to help define comedy for the next twenty years. Odenkirk went on to major stardom in Breaking Bad and its spin-off, Better Call Saul. Cross has appeared in numerous mainstream and underground projects. The rest of the contributing writers and cast constitute a “Who’s Who” of American comedy. Writers and performers have gone on to such projects as Tenacious D, School of Rock, Moral Orel, Comedy Bang Bang, The Sarah Silverman Show and too many other comedy milestones to mention.
Mr. Show is irreverent, satirical, iconoclastic and hilarious. Netflix produced a “sort of” reunion a couple of years ago (HBO owns the name, so the new series of four episodes and a making of documentary was simply called with Bob and David). The team showed that they hadn’t missed a step and were able, twenty years after their debut, to produce material that was just as brilliantly funny as ever.
Above you see the very first episode. Below are a couple more from later in the run. Remember, these are NOT SAFE FOR WORK, and that makes them even funnier, really.