Watch Bob Odenkirk, David Cross Talk ‘Mr. Show’ on ‘Kimmel’
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross changed the landscape of alternative comedy with their brilliant, subversive sketch series Mr. Show, which ran from 1995 to 1998 on HBO. A critical hit with a small but rabid fan base, it’s often been labeled a “cult show,” and Odenkirk gave that term new – and literal – meaning during the duo’s Thursday’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Definitely a cult show,” he said. “People who loved us would drink Kool-Aid if we asked them. And a lot of tattoos of the show for those fans. That’s hardcore stuff.”
Cross, sporting a broken arm, also reflected on his awkward first meeting with Odenkirk, around the time they became writers for MTV’s short-lived The Ben Stiller Show. Introduced by mutual comedian-actress friend Janeane Garofalo, Odenkirk shot down Cross’ invitation to play basketball.
“It’s like a screen door. It’s open, and he didn’t even come to the door,” Cross said. “He’s just sort of watching TV, eating a sandwich. I remember that distinctly – eating a sandwich. And then, ‘Hey, Bob, it’s Janeane [Garafalo]. I brought my friend David. I think I told you about him. He was wanting to meet you, whatever, play basketball.’ … ‘Nah.'”
Cross and Odenkirk visited Kimmel to promote their new sketch series, With Bob and David, which premieres November 13th on Netflix and features a bulk of the writing-acting team from Mr. Show.