Mr. Show Cast:
Mr. Show Overview:
Noteworthy Mr. Show Sketches:
- Ronnie Dobbs, the world's "most arrested" man (who would go on to have his own feature film -- see below), appeared throughout the show's run and even got his own musical ("Fuzz: The Musical").
- "Druggachusettes," a parody of '70s Sid & Marty Krofft children's shows.
- "Titannica," a heavy metal band that visits their number one fan -- a kid whose body has been burned away by acid.
Run, Ronnie, Run!:
Life After Mr. Show:
Cross continued his stand-up and acting careers, and releasing two comedy albums and starring on the excellent FOX sitcom Arrested Development. Odenkirk moved behind the camera to direct feature films like Melvin Goes to Dinner, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. Though Melvin is quite good, none of Odenkirk's other directorial efforts could match the brilliance of Mr. Show.
Mr. Show's clearest progeny are the MTV sketch show Human Giant and Cartoon Network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!(which Odenkirk has frequently appeared on). Both shows feature a similar sense of inspired absurdity and a focus on original characters and sketches. The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central also features a number of Mr. Show alum, including Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn and even Silverman herself.
In 2008, Cross and Odenkirk reunited to shoot a new pilot for HBO -- a sitcom called David's Situation.
Where to Find Mr. Show:
Comedy Central ran heavily edited episodes of Mr. Show for a time, but the best way to watch the series is on DVD. All four seasons are available, and include commentary tracks from Odenkirk, Cross and several cast members.
Additionally, Odenkirk's wife Naomi wrote a book about the creation and dissolution of the show. Published in 2002, Mr. Show: What the Hell Happened provides an excellent supplement to the series and should be read by any fan.
Additional Mr. Show Facts
- In 2002, several original cast members reunited for a live show, Mr. Show: Hooray for America!, that toured the country. It included sketches originally performed on the show combined with new material.
- Several well-known comedians and actors appeared on the show throughout its run, including Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Janeane Garofalo and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
- Cross and Odenkirk used their clout at HBO to produce the musical comedy series Tenacious D, which launched the comedy duo and the career of Jack Black.