Mr. Show: Seasons 1&2
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The complete first and second seasons of HBO's groundbreaking late-night sketch comedy series MR. SHOW. From Emmy(R) winning comedy writers Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, and featuring guest appearances by Jack Black, David Foley, Ben Stiller, Julia Sweeney and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Ten half-hours of comedy critics called "a twisted and often brilliant stream of comic consciousness ... fast, furious and funny stuff." - Rolling Stone.]]>
Bob and David are ably supported by, among others, Second City veteran Jill Talley, Tom Kenny (the voice of Spongebob Squarepants!), Brian Posehn (the creepy guy on Just Shoot Me), Mary-Lynn Rajskub (from The Larry Sanders Show), Sarah Silverman ("Greg the Bunny"), and a pre-Saturday Night Live Jerry Minor, who enlivens one episode commentary with an impeccable Billy Dee Williams imitation. As with the Velvet Undergrounds following, Mr. Show fans make up with fervor what they lack in numbers. According to Mr. Shows own Web site, "non-fans outnumber our fans by the cajillions," but this essential set should change that. --Donald Liebenson
Top Customer Reviews
Everything you've heard about this show is true. People describe it as part Monty Python, part SCTV, part Kids in the Hall and that's all accurate to a point, but there really is no way to truly describe this show to anyone who has not seen it. This is one of the funniest TV shows I have ever seen - - you just have to watch it for yourself to find out why.
Warning . . . if you think Carrot Top is funny and think Jay Leno is cutting edge humor you will NOT like this. This is offbeat, sometimes in your face, sometimes dark, occassionally VERY dark, often weird comedy. If you're easily offended by "blue" language (i.e. the "f" word and its cousins) this might not be your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you're bored out of your mind by most of what passes for comedy on TV this is the tonic you've been waiting for. It can be intelligent and incredibly silly at the same time. Again, it's really hard to explain - - just watch the f'in' show okay.
Bob Odenkirk worked for years as a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live (where Lorne Michaels rarely aired his sketches - - too edgy), Conan O'Brien (they met at SNL) and was a main stage cast member at Second City (he originated Chris Farley's popular "Motivational Speaker" character at Second City before SNL overkilled it). David Cross was a standup comic and writer in Boston for years before becoming part of the alternative comedy scene in L.A.Read more ›
-Commentaries on all 10 episodes
-"Fuzz" the Musical Starring Ronnie Dobbs
-"Before it Was a TV Show" (short video clip of their stage show)
-The Best of Mr. Show: "The Incredible, Fantastical News Report"
-Original TV spots
This HBO series' humor soars miles above the heads of some viewers, and too bad for them. Offbeat, strange, twisted, and always extremely clever, "Mr. Show" reaffirms your faith in sketch comedy. The sketches defy description, but my favorite is the one where Odenkirk enters a convenience store to ask for change for a dollar. Sounds flat, huh? But employee Cross has to go through several links of the chain of command (4 other roles all played by Cross and Odenkirk), all the way up to the President of the United States, just to get clearance. Just guess what the answer ends up being... Cross and Odenkirk are the principal writers of this series, and their ingenious use of pre-taped segments cleverly intermixed with "live" segments demonstrates not only their mastery of the medium, but their effortlessness at thumbing their noses at standard sitcom & sketch conventions.
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One of the funniest, trippiest sketch shows out there. Certainly ahead of its time, fans of The Kids in the Hall and The State will enjoy it's weird and edgy comedy. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Impatientzero
I gave it one star, because I can't trash the people who sent it to me if I give it no stars. This thing arrived in a battered bubble-wrap envelope (which, to be fair, was... Read morePublished 20 months ago by jameshunt
After seeing so many positive reveiws I thought I would like it but I was so wrong. It just wasn't funny.....to me.Published on June 25, 2014 by Cynthia L. Seger
Mr. Show is absolutely one of the funniest tv shows of all time. The good thing is that it has aged well. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by AF
Thank you so very very much for sending this so quickly! I absolutely love this show and it was so great to watch it again after all this time.Published on June 23, 2013 by Heather Feather
I usually laugh at just about anything. I even liked "Joe vs. the Volcano" and "Tenacious D." This was the rare occasion that I did not laugh at all.Published on April 23, 2012 by Robbin
This TV series is phenomenal. The characters and situations that Bob and David come up with are completely crazy in a totally realistic way, and are completely believable and... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Matt Francis