- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Squaresville Productions; First Edition edition (September 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971359784
- ISBN-13: 978-0971359789
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Show: What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide Paperback – September 14, 2002
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1. Short Biographies of the people involved in the show
2. A bunch of quotes about the Writing/Production Process of the show
3. An episode guide featuring paragraph summaries of every sketch in every episode.
The last component makes up the bulk of the book. I'm not sure what use these are and I skipped over these summaries.
All in all there isn't enough material for a book. The fact that it's written by the wife of one of the main creators probably meant she was kind to the people involved and didn't want to include any juicy stories or any real drama. So the book is a pretty superficial treatment of what it was like to work on the show. Some anecdotes are amusing, and its not that I didn't enjoy reading it (its easily digestible for sure), only its not worth the money, and doesn't really offer any real insight into the process of working on a comedy show in general, or this show in particular.
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.
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.