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Exclusive Portrait: Bob Odenkirk Reminds Us ‘Better Call Saul’

18 November 2014 9:59 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Sometimes it take awhile to be an overnight sensation, but Bob Odenkirk will be on the precipice of that kingdom when the “Breaking Bad” spin-off show, “Better Call Saul” premieres in February of next year on the AMC Network. Odenkirk was recently in Chicago to promote his new book, “A Load of Hooey.” in an appearance that took place at the Up Comedy Club on Wells Street in the city.

Bob Odenkirk at the Up Comedy Club in Chicago, November 7th, 2014

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

Bob Odenkirk was a familiar presence in the comedy world, and has conquered drama with his portrayal of Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad.” His appearance was a homecoming of sorts, as he was born in the suburb of Berwyn and graduated from Naperville North High School. After performing in Chicago at the Improv Olympics and The Players Workshop of “The Second City, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Six Degrees of the Bob’s Burgers Cast

6 November 2014 12:54 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Like most animated shows, the Bob’s Burgers cast reads like an all-star list from other tv shows or well-known comedy troupes. Whether it’s starring cast, recurring regular, or one-time guest star, there are plenty of cast reunions taking place on the best show on TV about a restaurant – here are but a few of the crossovers we uncovered. Parks and RecreationAziz Ansari (Darryl), Ben Schwartz (Josh), Megan Mullaly (Gayle), H. Jon Benjamin (Bob, various) If you’re doubting the influence of Parks and Recreation on American culture, look no further than the Bob’s Burgers cast (and Guardians of the Galaxy, of course – Chris Pratt’s life will never be the same), which has employed a number of Parks and Rec alums for recurring roles on Fox’s best animated show – or in H. Jon Benjamin’s case, the starring role on the show. Mr. Show with Bob and David »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Watch Dana Carvey in a clip from 'The Birthday Boys' season 2

1 October 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Maybe it hasn't been put this way yet, but we're living in the golden age of sketch comedy on television. When else has there been such a plethora of great options? Comedy Central has several of them—Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Inside Amy Schumer—but comedy nerds should also be watching The Birthday Boys on IFC. Executive produced by sketch-comedy guru Bob Odenkirk (for Ben Stiller's Red Hour) and starring the titular L.A.-based group, the series returns for its second season Oct. 17—which leaves plenty of time to binge the 10-episode first season on Netflix if you missed it. »

- Kyle Ryan

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This week's cover: Key and Peele guest-edit EW's comedy issue

24 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Putting out our comedy issue turned out to be quite a drama this year. From old classics streaming online to new upstarts shaking up the networks, there’s simply too much to laugh at these days. So to help, we enlisted two of the funniest guys we know—Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the comic geniuses behind that Comedy Central laugh-factory Key & Peele—to guest-edit the issue for us.  

Turns out they’re better at our jobs than we are. Not only did the guys take the Must List and Bullseye pages off our hands, but they also went ahead »

- EW staff

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President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death

11 August 2014 6:13 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor.

President Obama

He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) agosto 12, 2014

Susan Schneider, Wife

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. »

- C. Molly Smith

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What Makes Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele Laugh?

16 June 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key may be best known for their outlandish characters, but Key & Peele works so well because the situations the duo create are grounded in reality, which then becomes the breeding ground for their comedy. The two comedians sat down with former Detroit Free Press critic Elvis Mitchell (current host of Kcrw’s The Treatment) Sunday night during the Los Angeles Film Festival to discuss their approach to comedy and analyze some of the sketches that helped define the style of comedy they wanted to create with Key & Peele. Both Key and Peele agreed that the number one “rule” when working on any scene for the show is to work against audience expectation, but Key explained that it is not always about doing a 180-degree turn when a 60-degree turn would be more unexpected. They have cut scenes that were too similar to other sketch comedy shows because the duo tries to keep »

- Allison Loring

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TV on Tap: Taye Diggs Investigates “Murder in the First” and Dominic Cooper Teams with “Agent Carter”

9 June 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

News

Lifetime has cast the lead for its upcoming Whitney Houston movie. Yaya DaCosta, who has kept herself busy with steady acting roles since her time on America’s Next Top Model, will play the pop diva.

Hayley Atwell let it slip that Dominic Cooper will appear in the upcoming Agent Carter series, reprising his role as Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark.

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark

Nasim Pedrad doesn’t expect to return to Saturday Night Live next season, saying her role on Mullaney will keep her too busy.

The cast of The Casual Vacancy, the mini-series adapting J.K. Rowling‘s novel, will include Michael Gambon and Rory Kinnear.

Remember the homeless veteran Justin Walker befriended on Brothers & Sisters? He went on to get his head squished on Game of Thrones. Now that he’s charmed us as the Red Viper, Jezebel collects Pedro Pascal past roles on Buffy, »

- Lyle Masaki

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Marvel Enlists Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man'

7 June 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Two weeks after the departure of Edgar Wright from the superhero movie Ant-Man, Marvel has finally settled on a new director for the project. The studio announced on its website Saturday that it has enlisted Peyton Reed to helm the project, with a script written in part by Anchorman director Adam McKay.

Superhero Worship: Top 40 Marvel Movie Ideas, Ranked

Reed's previous directing credits include Yes Man, The Break-Up and Bring It On, as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade TV series and the David Cross and Bob Odenkirk cult sketch comedy Mr. Show. »

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Seth Meyers’ Staff Creates — and Screws Up — the Greatest Sketch Ever (Video)

5 June 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Get ready to get dizzy with comedy. Taking from the grand tradition of shows like “Sctv” and, to a lesser extent, “Mr. Show,” the crew at “Late Night with Seth Meyers” dipped their toes into the meta show-within-a-show world on Wednesday night, devoting over five minutes to “The Greatest Sketch Ever.” See video: Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Pop Their Late Night Cherry with Seth Meyers This works in multiple ways. First, the show-within-the-show was working to mount an incredibly ambitious sketch — the Greatest Ever, in fact — that included a rich old industrialist-type, a chicken, a hick in a box, »

- Jordan Zakarin

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If You Think 'Saturday Night Live' Sucks, You May Suffer From Selective Memory

20 May 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With Andy Samberg at the helm, "Saturday Night Live" broadcast its season finale last weekend. In proud "SNL" tradition, the finale brought back a number of familiar faces to fill out the cast, and the Internet-capable viewing audience, in proud Internet tradition, immediately began the Monday morning quarterbacking of the season and odds-making on which performers will return next year. (Things look good for Sasheer Zamata! Not so much for Brooks Wheelan.) These critiques are always haunted by a writer's memory of both the great sketches of the year and the not so great -- and what's interesting is that there's rarely a critical consensus. (There are apparently people in the world who think nearly five minutes of a man pretending to be a baby is a funny idea. Congratulations to them.) The fact is that sketch comedy is a hard format to make work in a longform format, especially »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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If You Think 'Saturday Night Live' Sucks, You May Suffer From Selective Memory

20 May 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Andy Samberg at the helm, "Saturday Night Live" broadcast its season finale last weekend. In proud "SNL" tradition, the finale brought back a number of familiar faces to fill out the cast, and the Internet-capable viewing audience, in proud Internet tradition, immediately began the Monday morning quarterbacking of the season and odds-making on which performers will return next year. (Things look good for Sasheer Zamata! Not so much for Brooks Wheelan.) These critiques are always haunted by a writer's memory of both the great sketches of the year and the not so great -- and what's interesting is that there's rarely a critical consensus. (There are apparently people in the world who think nearly five minutes of a man pretending to be a baby is a funny idea. Congratulations to them.) The fact is that sketch comedy is a hard format to make work in a longform format, especially »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Andrew Garfield Gets Groped, Craves Chicken Wing in Cut 'SNL' Sketch

5 May 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

One of Saturday Night Live's best sketches of the season didn't even make it to air. The surreal, borderline disturbing"Wing" stars this past weekend's host, Andrew Garfield, as Matt, an undershirt-wearing teen heartthrob who rejects the sexual advances of Dylan (cast member Beck Bennett) in pursuit of his friend's teriyaki chicken wing. You know, the usual sketch stuff.

50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time

The whole ordeal takes place inside a suburban kitchen, where three friends (Matt, Dylan and an unnamed, deadpan dude played »

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Michael McKean Joins Cast of ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’

1 May 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fans of “Breaking Bad” who are hotly anticipating the arrival of its spinoff, “Better Call Saul,” got their first big casting news this week. Veteran comedic actor Michael McKean has been cast in Vince Gilligan's upcoming prequel. McKean will be playing a new character known only as Dr. Thurber. McKean will join Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut in “Breaking Bad,” as the three confirmed cast members thus far. Also read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel ‘Better Call Saul’ Enlists Jonathan Banks McKean has worked with Odenkirk once before, guest starring in an episode of “Mr. Show.” He also has appeared in. »

- Matthew Bramlett

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Bob Odenkirk on the dark appeal of 'Fargo's' gruesome comedy

29 April 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) On FX’s crime drama "Fargo", the sing-songy Minnesota accent often serves as a mask. For some, it covers murder, but for Bill Oswalt, the former Bemidji deputy played by Bob Odenkirk, it disguises incompetence. The newly installed chief of the sheriff’s department has been an obstacle to catching fumbling murderer Lester Nygaard (as played by Martin Freeman) even as Deputy Molly Solverson (newcomer Allison Tolman) gets closer to cracking the case. But while speaking to press ahead of this week’s third episode, Odenkirk focused on the good in his bumbling character, "Fargo’s" mixture of exaggerated reality and Midwestern pathos and his own straddling of the comedic and dramatic realms in series like "Breaking Bad". “If you saw the other night, you saw how Bill feels,” Odenkirk said of his character. “You started to scratch the surface of what Bill thinks his job is – which is, »

- Kiel Phegley, Comic Book Resources

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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring David Cross, Kate Lyn Sheil & Mark Webber

29 April 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Each month on The Playlist, critic-programmer Aaron Hillis (owner of Video Free Brooklyn, three-time "Best Video Store in NYC") highlights a handful of the latest, greatest new DVDs and Blu-rays, and asks a trio of industry guests to discuss their favorites of the month. For previous editions of the "DVD Is the New Vinyl" podcast, click here. Podcast Intro Music: Jim Williams, "Baloo My Boy (feat. Richard Glover)" Special Guest #1: David Cross on "Breaking the Waves" Intro Music: Jethro Tull, "Cross Eyed Mary" David Cross is a Grammy-nominated comedian, Emmy award-winning writer, and an actor with nearly 40 feature film credits, not to mention his contributions to cult TV favorites like "Mr. Show," "Arrested Development," and "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret." His directorial debut "Hits" premiered at this year's Sundance, and he can next be seen alongside Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child," which hits theaters June 6. On the podcast, »

- Aaron Hillis

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Podcast 108: Martin Freeman And David Cross

24 April 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

You might know him as Bilbo Baggins, or John Watson, or Tim From The Office (his character's full name), but this week Martin Freeman is actually Lester Nygaard from the new TV version of Fargo. He talks to us about everything from the joys of swearing to Billy Bob Thorton's pathological fear of antiquities.Elsewhere, David Cross drops by to talk about the new film he wrote and directed, Hits, and we resist the temptation to grill him about Arrested Development, Mr. Show and The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. No-one does a Mrs. Featherbottom impersonation, we promise.In the non-interview portions of the podcast, the team talk about a trio of suspicious movie pitches currently gaining traction in Hollywood, and discuss the always enjoyable experience of spotting someone who is now famous playing a tiny part in an old movie. One name to get you started: Michael Shannon. »

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IFC Unveils New Comedies From Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers & Rob Huebel As Part Of 2015 Slate

20 March 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

IFC has unveiled a slate of new and returning comedy projects, along with projects in development,  ahead of its upfront tonight in New York. New programming for 2015 includes American Documentary (working title), a docu-parody created by Saturday Night Live vets Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers; and American Storage (working title), a scripted half-hour comedy starring Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital, Human Giant). IFC is also collaborating with CollegeHumor on the first-ever Comedy Music Awards, a satire of traditional awards shows incorporating the best of the comedy and music worlds. Returning for an expanded fourth season is Comedy Bang! Bang! hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis), and a sophomore season of its original sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Mr. Show) and Ben Stiller (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Zoolander), featuring the La comedy troupe of the same name. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Weird, Explosive Laughs Abound in "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

28 February 2014 2:03 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Few shows on television manage to attract as many comedians, comic character actors, and actors with a proven sense of humor for each episode as IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, hosted by Scott Aukerman and with musical accompaniment by the unparalleled one-man band, Reggie Watts. This “talk show”, and I use that phrase loosely as that’s more of its framework than its actual content, apes your basic host and sidekick rapport of many talk shows today, but after that initial nicety it splinters off into a dozen different directions depending on whatever seems weirdest and funniest while still being somehow oddly tangential to whatever was just happening on screen. It’s something akin to a cross of Mr. Show, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, and Zach Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns. The humor is more outwardly evident like in Mr. Show, but it also thrives on awkwardness and strange meta »

- Lex Walker

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Hits | 2014 Sundance Review

20 February 2014 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

David Cross Graduates from Small Screen Satire, Inviting Hipsters and Libertarians to the Party

David Cross translates sketch comedy prowess into organized chaos, marking his directorial debut with Hits. Measuring small-town idiocy against narcissistic hipster activism, disparate characters are cleverly strung together by collective delusions; much like Cross’ subversive cult series “Mr. Show” was prided on the strangely interconnected nature of its sketches. His assessment of the well-meaning but helpless Generation Y, prefaced by the fatalistic words “based on a true story that hasn’t happened yet”, could easily be read as misanthropy. Cross puppeteers easy-prey caricatures, not simply to bash their offscreen counterparts (mustachioed Brooklynites could realistically be debating the estrogen levels in soy-milk at this very moment), but to critically shame certain cultural absurdities like celebrity-worshiping and Internet image-crafting.

Shot on location for an inimitable aura of economic depression, Hits welcomes us to Liberty, New York; a town »

- Caitlin Coder

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Watch Pre-'snl' Chris Farley and Bob Odenkirk Do 'Matt Foley' in 1990

19 February 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Just two weeks after Rolling Stone declared Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch of all time, Chicago's esteemed Second City unearthed a fantastic performance from 1990 starring the sketch's co-writers Bob Odenkirk and a 26-year-old Chris Farley, who had just been announced as one of SNL's newest cast members. Consider this VHS recording the comedy version of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series.

Watch the 50 Best SNL Sketches of All Time

Though it would eventually call on the talents of Phil Hartman, Julia Sweeney and David Spade, »

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