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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-tasticĀ episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast.

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

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HBO

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.

Scott Aukerman

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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Netflix

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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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

Watch The First Episode of Brockmire Right Now for Free

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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