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5 Things We Learned From Bob and David’s Appearance on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Podcast

Comedy Bang! Bang! returns with back-to-back episodes Thursday December 3rd at 11P.

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It was a convergence of comedy giants when three alumni from both Mr. Show and W/ Bob and David sat down and chewed the fat for a recent episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. Host Scott Aukerman welcomed co-creators Bob Odenkirk and David Cross to talk about their return to the TV sketch comedy foray as well as recount some anecdotes from their early years on the landmark HBO series. (Frequent Comedy Bang! Bang! guest Paul F. Tompkins was also on hand to provide some behind-the-scenes stories while his pious doppelganger Reverend Robert Parsimony bemoaned the War on Christmas.)

Between the two interviews, the episode is packed to the Earwolf-ian gills with behind-the-scenes tidbits — like Bob didn’t want the new show to reference Mr. Show at all and that Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen can do a killer Odenkirk impression. With so many stories shared, here are five things we learned from this Bob and David-tastic episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.

1. W/ Bob and David was originally going to be a live tour.

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Before the show was underway, Bob and David were planning on doing a live tour for a 20-year Mr. Show reunion. But after sussing out the workload, rehearsal time, and travel, they realized they might just as well do a standalone series. And as a bonus, according to Bob, they wouldn’t be inundated with fans from the cities they just performed in, asking, “When are you coming to our town?”


2. With cast members older and wiser, pre-production went very smoothly.

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Considering it had been a decade-and-a-half since Mr. Show went off the air, David remarked that there was a bit of trepidation prior to the first writers meeting. However, the cast immediately fell into their old dynamic with the added benefit of experience and maturity, which quashed any fears of hurting someone’s feelings if their sketches were shot down.


3. But that didn’t stop Scott from pranking Bob in the first meeting.

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In the interim between series, careers flourished and responsibilities increased — especially for Bob, who became involved with many projects as a leading actor and producer. But that level of success comes with a multitude of interruptions, which Bob and the crew discovered when his phone wouldn’t stop ringing even before the first script was read. And as Paul F. Tompkins revealed on the podcast, Scott used Bob’s frequent phone calls as an excuse to pull one of his patented pranks. Just as Bob began to settle into the meeting, Scott called Bob’s phone as a playful dig to everyone’s favorite TV lawyer.


4. Scott, Bob, and David each have different favorite sketches.

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Netflix

During Bob’s interview, he related that his favorite W/ Bob and David sketches were “Salesman” and “Extra Beatle,” the latter possessing a level of silliness he doesn’t get to see anywhere else. David chose “Better Roots” as his favorite fully-formed sketch but mentioned Bob as the Pope made him laugh the hardest during the editing process. As for Scott, he enjoyed the infamous “C-Word” sketch the most and said writer Dino Stamatopoulos created such a definitive sketch that the subject should never be touched again.


5. Nobody wanted to waste time and energy on linking sketches.

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One of the defining aspects of Mr. Show was how well the main sketches were linked together as a cohesive whole. But that was a grueling process for the writing team who, after hours agonizing, relied on several “pulling out from the TV” links into the next sketch. This time around, everyone agreed that they wouldn’t spend nearly as much time working toward that perfect link and instead shifted their focus to the main sketches.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.