Before Bob Odenkirk was making it big on shows like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, he was paired with David Cross on one the best sketch comedy shows in recent years, Mr. Show with Bob and David. I have no problem with comedians wanting to stretch their chops and become serious actors, though personally I don’t see what’s wrong with just bringing the yuks. Today’s 2 Funny is a double-shot: 2 of my favorite sketches from Mr. Show. First, “Dickie Crickets, King of the Megaphone Crooners”.
Next, “The Altered State of Druggachussets”, a full-on sendup of Sid & Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufenstuf, poking fun at the common belief among wiseguys and stand-up comics that during their stint on Saturday morning TV, the Kroffts were high on something else other than life. (Note that both skits feature the man who would one day become the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants, Tom Kenny. This skit also features the voice of comic Jill Talley, whom Adult Swim fans may recognize as the voice of Sarah Dubois from The Boondocks. Both Kenny and Talley were regulars on Mr. Show, and before that appeared together on the short-lived FOX sketch comedy series The Edge. (In fact, during their stint on Mr. Show together, Kenny and Talley were married.)
Man, I miss shows like this. I wish HBO and other cable channels would give us more shows like this as an alternative to the endless swarm of “critically acclaimed dramas”, which quite frankly tend to look the same and run together to me. Forget zombie fighters, sexy vampires and thrones of gaming, give me more zaniness with comics mugging it up in kooky costumes. Good stuff, man, good stuff.