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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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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