It looks like Mr. Show with Bob and David must go on. The '90s sketch comedy show is about to find new life (and likely a new audience) when it becomes available for streaming on HBO Now starting May 1, the A.V. Clubreports.
The cult favorite ran for four seasons from 1995 to 1998 and starred Better Call Saul’sBob Odenkirk alongside David Cross. Unlike a MADtv or a Saturday Night Live, episodes featured sketches that were all linked. So a minor character in one skit may have ended up as a major player in another. Clearly, someone was a Monty Python fan.
The unique show attracted a number of guest stars who would go on to find mainstream fame including Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Jack Black and Tom Kenny—the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Odenkirk and Cross recently reunited for the Netflix series W/ Bob & David, which is definitely not a Mr. Show 2.0.
"Of course it’s going to get comparisons, of course, and of course it feels similar, because Bob and I are Bob and I," Cross toldEntertainment Weekly ahead of its premiere. "We use a number of the same cast and a number of the same writers, but of course it’s going to feel similar and familiar but it’s really not, in part because of the examples Bob just gave and it’s a different thing and we’re older. We’re not kids anymore. Everybody comes into it with 16 years more experience."
Odenkirk added: "It’s new material. It’s not the same."
If you’re looking for the old stuff, you’re better off streaming it next month on HBO Now.