Bob Odenkirk Overview:
Quick Bob Odenkirk Facts:
- Bob Odenkirk was born in a suburb of Chicago called Naperville, Illinois.
- He got his start doing improvisation and sketch comedy at Second City in Chicago.
- He wrote for Saturday Night Live and Get a Life before joining the cast of the short-lived The Ben Stiller Show.
- In 1995, Odenkirk created Mr. Show with Bob and David with comedian David Cross. The show ran for four seasons on HBO.
- Odenkirk has directed three feature films.
Young Bob Odenkirk:
Second City and Chicago:
Bob Odenkirk Works in Television:
While working on The Ben Stiller Show, Odenkirk made friends with two people who would help shape the next phase of his career. The first was Ben Stiller writer and producer Judd Apatow, who recruited Odenkirk to join the cast of HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. Odenkirk played the recurring role of Stevie Grant, Larry's agent, from 1993 to 1998.
The second friendship Odenkirk made was with a writer on Ben Stiller, a young comic named David Cross. The two began performing sketch comedy in L.A., and eventually took their act to HBO as the groundbreaking Mr. Show with Bob and David, where it ran for four seasons.
Life After HBO for Bob Odenkirk:
After Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk and Cross attempted a spin-off movie. Called Run, Ronnie, Run, the film was plagued with problems and was eventually released direct-to-DVD in 2002. Both Odenkirk and Cross denounced the finished cut of the film.
Perhaps frustrated with the Run, Ronnie, Run experience, Odenkirk began directing films himself. His first, the 2003 indie comedy Melvin Goes to Dinner, didn't receive wide theatrical release but was well received by critics. His two later efforts, Let's Go to Prison in 2006 (written by The State's Tom Lennon and Ben Garant) and 2007's The Brothers Solomon (written by Will Forte of Saturday Night Live) had wider releases but were generally panned.
Odenkirk remains very active in the comedy community, producing and developing new projects like Tom Goes to the Mayor and the British sketch group Straitjacket Comedy. In 2007, he began directing Derek and Simon: The Show on SuperDeluxe.com.
In 2008, Odenkirk re-teamed with David Cross to write and produce a pilot for HBO called David's Situation. They decided not to proceed with the pilot.
In 2009, Odenkirk joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad, playing the role of sleazy attorney Saul Goodman.
Additional Bob Odenkirk Facts
- During a break from Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s, Odenkirk, Smigel and Conan O'Brien started an improv show in Chicago called "Happy Happy Good Show."
- Odenkirk won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 for his work as a writer on The Ben Stiller Show. He was nominated again in 1998 and 1999 for Mr. Show.
- He was one of the early performers at Un-Cabaret, an alternative comedy club in Los Angeles.
- His brother, Bill, was a regular contributor to Mr. Show. In 2005, he was hired as a writer and producer on The Simpsons.