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Every reunion is an attempt to recapture the past, but the particular alchemy of sketch comedy makes getting the band back together an especially tricky proposition. The members of Monty Python and The State may have worked together fruitfully on subsequent projects, but they've been smart enough not to go all the way back to the well the way The Kids in the Hall did with the lackluster "Death Comes to Town." "W/ Bob & David" tries to recapture the magic of "Mr. Show With Bob and David," the storied sketch show that ran on HBO from 1995 to 1998. Bob Odenkirk and David Cross return for the Netflix revival, consisting of four half-hour episodes that will be available after midnight tonight, as does much of the original recurring cast: Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn, and Karen Kilgariff. (Absent: Jack Black and Sarah Silverman, »
- Sam Adams
“Hey, everybody! It's Bob and David!”
This Friday, Netflix will release four episodes of W/Bob & David, a new sketch show that reunites the cast of HBO's ground-breaking comedy series Mr. Show With Bob & David. For comedy fans of all stripes, this is unspeakably good news.
Mr. Show ran for 30 episodes (plus two clip show specials) between 1995 and 1998. It didn't set the world alight in terms of audience figures, but its weird and wonderful stylings mark it as a forerunner to shows like The Sarah Silverman Show, Portlandia, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer and Tim & Eric Awesome Show! Great Job. To many of the alternative comedians currently working and coming up, Mr. Show is nothing short of the American answer to Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Even before the days of Peak TV in America, it was impossible for everyone to watch everything on television. We all have pop culture gaps. One of mine is "Mr. Show with Bob and David," the HBO sketch comedy show, created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, that aired from 1995-98, and that employed Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Scott Aukerman and more as actors and/or writers. I was in college when "Mr. Show" debuted, then didn't have an HBO subscription for the next couple of years, and by the time I started hearing comedy nerd friends singing its praises, it was virtually over, and though the series had an afterlife on DVD(*), other shows kept getting in the way. I've seen, and laughed heartily at, a handful of sketches over the years on YouTube, but that's it. (*) Like many of HBO's »
- Alan Sepinwall
In the scene, a casual poker party gets hostile when no one believes Tompkins’ character can give up red meat for his New Years resolution — despite others’ goals to create a new smart phone or become a major movie director.
“W/ Bob & David” premieres Nov. 13 on Netflix. It is in the same style of the comedians’ much-beloved 1990s HBO sketch show, “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” and includes references to that series (as evident by the end of this sketch when it’s learned that Odenkirk is Pope Jonah Abromowitz, the world’s first elected freelance Pope).
The limited series combines taped segments and live in-studio sketches, and consists of four half-hour episodes and an hour-long “making of” special. Other guest stars include Jill Talley, »
- Whitney Friedlander
90s comedy fans have waited nearly 18 years for Mr. Show creators and co-stars Bob Odenkirk and David Cross to reunite. That's finally happening this November. But instead of a Mr. Show reboot or revival, we're getting a whole new series. It may not arrive with a whole lot of episodes. But W/ Bob and David promises to bring this hilarious enterprise into the future with a few twists and turns none of us saw coming!
Today, Netflix released the official trailer, first look images and poster for W/ Bob and David. The new sketch comedy series finally brings the comedic powerhouse of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk back together in what can only be described as a laugh tsunami. The limited series premieres Friday, November 13 only on Netflix. While it isn't much, we are getting four half-hour episodes and an hour-long "making of" special. Could have been more, but hey, »
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are back for more inspired and absurd sketch comedy in W/ Bob and David, a new Netflix original series. The first teaser trailer has arrived, and announces that the long-awaited return of these comedy geniuses will be premiering Friday, November 13. In the series, Bob and David reunite, along with Paul F. Tompkins, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn and more. W/ Bob and David will consist of four all-new 30-minute episodes, which will be available at the same time this fall.
Netflix ordered the sketch comedy show, W/ Bob and David back in April. At the time, a 60-minute "making-of" special from Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) and David Cross (Arrested Development) was also announced. After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best, making sketch comedy. These 4 half-hours will feature »
Odenkirk and Cross have reunited for four new 30-minute episodes, which will also feature the likes of Paul F. Tompkins, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn and more. The series serves as a reunion for the duo, who worked together on “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” which aired on HBO for four seasons between 1995 and 1998.
In the series — after the pair have been dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEALs — Bob and David are back serving the U.S. in the way they do best: making sketch comedy.
Odenkirk and Cross will write and star in the series, and also serve as exec producers along with Marc Provissiero, Naomi Odenkirk, Tim Sarkes, Dave Kneebone Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Abso Lutely Productions is providing production »
- Laura Prudom
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross’s new sketch comedy series With Bob & David will premiere Friday, November 13 on Netflix, it was announced today. Joining the duo for the four-episode half-hour original series are Paul F. Tompkins, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, John Ennis, Brian Posehn and more. All have worked have worked with Odenkirk and Cross before, including on the duo's sketch comedy series Mr. Show. Tompkins also had a role on Cross and Odenkirk's followup series… »
Directed by Paul Tibbitt.
When a diabolical pirate above the sea steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his nemesis Plankton must team up in order to get it back.
“Sponge Out of Water”: a suitably teasing sub-titled for the second (and hugely overdue) sequel to 2004’s SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, which promises more nautical shenanigans in and around Bikini Bottom with the titular sponge and his marine friends. Why it took so long for a sequel to appear in the first place despite its $140 million worldwide gross is a mystery the size of SpongeBob’s crabby-patty recipe, but back into the ocean we go, though be sure to take some ibuprofen with you, as Sponge Out »
- Scott J. Davis
Cartoons got weird. I remember when it began happening, and I'd argue one of the major touchstones for modern animation in all forms is John Kricfalusi's "Ren & Stimpy." When that show hadn't gone on the air yet, tapes of it were circulation in the animation community in La, and I remember talking to a great animator named Eddie Fitzgerald about the show. He was positively evangelical. He said that the show was going to change the way animation looked and the sort of animation that would get produced. He had already decided that he was going to quit what he was doing at the time specifically so he could go work for Spumco. He was a true believer, and he wasn't the only animator who sounded that way when talking about that show. In the years since, there's been a rise of not only a new kind of hyper-ugly »
- Drew McWeeny
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