5 Things We Hope to See in the Mr. Show Non-Reunion

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Bob Odenkirk recently sat down with Rolling Stone and shared the best news ever — the Great and Special Bob and David (please refer to them that way going forward) are reuniting for an all-new sketch comedy show. Don’t call it a comeback, actually don’t call it a Mr. Show reunion, because it’s definitely not that.

While it’s definitely going to be all sorts of hilarious and ridiculous, Odenkirk says the new show he is doing with David Cross will have different pacing and jokes than Mr. Show. Basically same cooks in the kitchen, just different recipes. Speaking of cooks, it looks as if Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s very own Stop Tacoman, aka Scott Aukerman is back with the old gang, including Paul F. Thompkins, Brian Posehn, and Eric Hoffman.

It should go without saying that we are so on board with this news. And while we are completely looking forward to an all new, non- Mr. Show, there are a few things we really hope to see.

5. Put Dino Stamatopoulos to work

It seems like Dino has some downtime post Community, so we’re hoping he hops on board to write for this new sketch comedy. Dino’s contribution to Mr. Show was huge, having come up with some of the best skits for the series like “Pre-Taped Call In Show.”

4. Use Jay Johnston as much as possible.

Third wheels are usually a bad thing, but not in Jay Johnston’s case. He was just as instrumental to the hilarity of the show as Bob and David. Sorry, The Great and Special Bob and David.

3. At least one cameo from Jack Black

Jack Black is never not funny. (Remember his turn in Mr. Show‘s take on Jesus Christ Superstar, “Jeepers Creepers Semi-Star”?) He was undoubtedly one of the few shining moments of this year’s Oscars, and is always down to play. If the new show does any sort of musical comedy, then Jack’s their man.

2. Find any excuse for Thomas Schnauz to write at least one episode.

We’re not saying we need this new show to be Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul, but this scribe is hilarious. (And clearly he’s comfortable writing for Bob Odenkirk.) When he isn’t writing dark and funny for TV, he’s cracking people up on Twitter. Even if it’s mostly himself.



1. A cameo by Bryan Cranston.

Long before Cranston was everyone’s favorite science-teacher-turned-meth-dealer, Cranston was the goofy and affable Hal in Malcolm in The Middle. Cranston’s default personality is set to funny, whether it’s as a guest on a talk show, doing a Reddit AMA, or in Funny or Die skits. Can you imagine the comedic goodness if he were let loose on Bob and David’s show ?

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

car notes note

This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.


Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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