Mr. Show with Bob and David

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Mr. Show with Bob and David
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Premiere November 3, 1995
Finale December 28, 1998
Creator David Cross &
Bob Odenkirk
Network/Provider HBO
Style 30-minute comedy
Company Brillstein-Grey Communications,
Dakota North Entertainment,
Tristar Television
Seasons 4
Episodes 30
Origin USA

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.

Contents

Cast

Person   Duration
Main Players
David Cross   1 2 3 4
Bob Odenkirk   1 2 3 4
John Ennis   1 2 3 4
Jay Johnston   1 2 3 4
Tom Kenny   1 2 3 4
Jill Talley   1 2 3 4
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Featured Players
Scott Adsit   4
Scott Aukerman   2 3 4
Karen Kilgariff   1 2 3 4
Jerry Minor   2 3 4
Bill Odenkirk   1 2 3 4
Brett Paesel   2 3 4
BJ Porter   3 4
Brian Posehn   1 2 3 4
Mary Lynn Rajskub   1 2
Sarah Silverman   1 2 3 4
Dino Stamatopoulos   1 2 3 4
Becky Thyre   4
Paul F. Tompkins   1 2 3 4

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
HBO
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

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
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


External Sites