Monday, October 11, 2010

Mr. Show

The '90s were a great time for comedy. One of the highlights of that golden age of sketch comedy was a duo made up by David Cross and Bob Odenkirk of which their show, aptly titled Mr. Show was a hit on HBO.

Both its creators and many of the actors on the show later when on to become staples in American comedy. Some of the cast included Sarah Silverman, Jack Black and Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants). What made Mr. Show stand out from the rest wasn't necessarily a comedy routine that was well crafted and delivered with comedic timing, Mr. Show's sketches were inherently post modern, often times the joke was on them about them. Founders David Cross and Bob Odenkirk would constantly push the limitations of social commentary to the point of exhaustion.

Take a look below and watch a scene from their classic "Audition" sketch:

Others would declare other shows such as the Canadian classic, The Kids In The Hall as refining the genre of sketch comedy but Mr. Show really dug deep into the absurdity of pop culture, the stagnation of intelligence and the open celebration of chaos in such a way that the commentary often times became the but of the joke. In case you missed this show in the 90s, be sure to check out the past seasons via DVD at your local store. Breathe in the magic.

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