I'm not going to lie to you, this job has its perks. Watching television "for work," getting hit on by celebrities (sorry Laura Vandervoort, I'm taken), and forcing my ill-formed opinions on the masses are indeed awesome, but this article is the reason I steered my career path towards TV journalism. Today I spent a few hours watching Mr. Show skits online... for my job.
Mr. Show is a sketch series that ran from 1995 to 1998 on HBO and was created by David Cross (Arrested Development) and Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad). I have no problem declaring it my favorite sketch-comedy show of all time; it's head and shoulders above the rest. Cross and Odenkirk used unique transitions to blur the beginnings and ends of witty sketches, creating a half-hour of comedy that holds you in place.
IFC is re-airing Mr. Show beginning tonight (and every Friday night at 11pm), and you'd be doing yourself a favor if you DVR'd it to watch later this weekend. Here are five of my favorite sketches, in order to convince you to do so.
Yes, that's Community's Starburns.
"The Pre-Taped Call-in Show"
Keep an eye on David's hairpieces.
Don't look at the screenshot! Just close your eyes and press play!
"The Fairsley Difference"
One of the show's many hilarious advertisement parodies.
"The Teardrop Awards"
Is this best song about oral herpes ever, or what?
Mr. Show airs Friday nights on IFC at 11pm ET.
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