AVClub: Hey everybody, it’s still Bob and David!
What’s left to say about Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’ legendary series Mr. Show? It featured some of the brightest, most innovative minds in modern comedy both on screen and behind the scenes, people like Dino Stamatopoulos, Paul F. Tompkins, and Scott Aukerman. Though influenced by classics of the genre like Monty Python’s Flying Circus, SCTV, and Kids In The Hall, Mr. Show’s brand of off-the-wall absurdity and sharp satire still manages to be entirely unique and influential over twenty years later. Every sketch series from Key & Peele to Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! owes a debt to Mr. Show in one way or another, and it’s because their dedication to not only the laugh, but macro and micro sketch structure and comedy theory that sets them apart from their peers. It’s telling that you can almost immediately tell a Mr. Show-style sketch just by its tone. Together, Bob and David shifted the comedy landscape just by being themselves and making each other laugh. That was Mr. Show. (For more information on Mr. Show and its influence, check out TV Club Editor Erik Adams’ excellent TV Club 10 on the series.)