Mr. Show with Bob and David
Mr. Show with Bob and David was a sketch comedy show that ran for four years on HBO. Mr. Show combined the pop-culture themes of The Ben Stiller Show and SCTV with the absurdity and social satire of Monty Python's Flying Circus, presented with performances that balanced dramatic angst with broad comedic strokes. Mr. Show was a victim of HBO's heavy emphasis on comedy programming in the mid to late 1990s, fighting for promotion among the critically acclaimed Tracy Takes On and the reviled Arli$$, as well as Emmy winners The Chris Rock Show and Dennis Miller Live. Mr. Show consisted of previously-filmed segments shown alongside live sketches, which mirrored the format of earlier sketch shows such as The Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live. Though the show maintained a small, fervent fanbase, in the fourth season its timeslot was moved to Mondays at midnight. Bob and David subsequently decided to end the show after that season.
The first and second seasons featured Mr. Show performer (and David Cross's then-girlfriend) Mary Lynn Rajskub as the announcer. After their relationship ended, seasons three and four featured a random character from a sketch as the announcer for each episode. The end credits of every episode included "special thanks" to an individual completely unrelated to Mr. Show.
|Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.|
|Mary Lynn Rajskub||1||2|
|Paul F. Tompkins||1||2||3||4|
|Season One||November 3, 1995||November 24, 1995||4|
|Season Two||October 1, 1996||December 20, 1996||6|
|Season Three||September 12, 1997||December 5, 1997||10|
|Season Four||October 26, 1998||December 28, 1998||10|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete First and Second Seasons||June 4, 2002||2||
|The Complete Third Season||August 26, 2003||2||
|The Complete Fourth Season||September 21, 2004||2||