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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Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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