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Mr. Show: What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide Paperback – September 14, 2002
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There is no discussion whatsoever about the show's cancellation, its aftermath, etc. I can imagine many political reasons for omitting this information/carping but doing so does not increase my satisfaction with this book. Perhaps the Odenkirks are prepping us for a sequel, leaving us hungry for more, but somehow I don't think so.
The strong suit of this book is the information on how Mr. Show came into being, how the cast members met, their work before the series. Some tidbits that were new to me: Bob Odenkirk wrote that SNL Chris Farley sketch about "living in a VAN down by the RIVER;" Bill Odenkirk has a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry.
The only way I can satisfy my craving for more fantastic newness is by watching all of my Mr. Show DVDs, obliterating my memory with drugs, then repeating the process again and again. I recommend it highly.
Lastly, the book's episode-by-episode breakdown offers recaps of all the scenes as well as notes, trivia and anecdotes from the cast and crew about each episode. Quite simply, there's absolutely nothing left out.
If you like Mr. Show, you need this book.
First, let me start by defending the book. There are a couple reasons why this book has tons of typos in it and this is somewhat truth and somewhat speculation. This book was supposed to be available and sold at their "Hooray for America" tour. This is what I know is true. This book was put together and about ready to go to the publisher when the office of the person who layed it out was broken into. They took all of this person's files and the backups as well. So, the book had to be literally thrown together again in a matter of days. I am guessing that they really wanted to make this available for the tour. This is probably why there are typos, inconsistencies, etc. For a rush job, I think it's a damn fine effort.
Now, for the book itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It offered a lot of background that I wanted on the show and a little more. It has tons of candids and shots from the show. For anyone that is a fan of the show, you really should pick up this book.
My book is signed by cast member John Ennis. I stumbled upon him after one date on the "Horray for America" tour and that guy is one of the nicest persons you will ever meet.
There are plenty of great anecdotes and candid conversations. The section on the show's writing is my favorite. It reads like Bob, David and crew just sitting around bs'ing about writing. It's a formula that should've been utilized throughout the entire book. The book succeeds when Naomi doesn't interfere.
The Typo Problem: I'm talking about a typo-a-bration here! There are countless instances where sentences don't make sense due to missing words, or words that have been inappropriately repeated (the the, when it when it, etc.) It's really really (appropriate repetition) annoying, and it's all stuff that should've been caught by the first person to proofread it. There are also constant grammatical errors throughout. The book is poorly written. Portions are painful. But I bought this book for the content, the juice behind the funny, not the prose.
The Structure Problem: With the exception of the episode guide, there's no real structure to any of the sections. Cast/crew bios end abruptly or drag on with uninteresting/unnecessary back-stories. I'm guessing that preserving the layout was the highest priority. The most irritating example of this is when cast member's paths intersect, which obviously happens constantly. For instance, if two or three cast members worked together previously on a pilot or stage show, the pilot or stage show is explained thoroughly each time, so if your reading the book straight through, it's frustrating.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book for Mr. Show fans! Just be careful because this is an episode guide and not a follow up on the show. No complaints here though!Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Shelley
Most of the stories and facts are things that the cast talks about in the show commentaries. There isn't much more to them than what is already told. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This book was OK. The book has the following components:
1. Short Biographies of the people involved in the show
2. Read more
I'm usually not one for writing these reviews, but I thought i would spread the wonderfulness that is Mr. Show. Read morePublished on February 18, 2006 by J. Vitiello
The pages literally dwarf my fingers. The book is printed on massive, slick paper hotglued into the spine, where sit strategically-placed ball bearings, all to make reading this... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Cory Frye
If you're a serious fan of Mr.Show and a serious fan of comedy then you'll definately dig this book. Read morePublished on October 24, 2004 by Steve M
I licked this buk, I licked this buk very much. Straynge howe the two projecks released by the genyuses... sorry, the geniuses behind Mr. Read morePublished on July 11, 2004
First of all the author needs to buy a dictionary and a spellcheck. I don't enjoy writing bad reviews ...but I am sorry. A waste of my time reading it. Read morePublished on June 19, 2004