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From Mr. Show To Better Call Saul: Bob Odenkirk

Sharon Alagna

  Before Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk was a cult favorite on Mr. Show, a show he co-created with comedian David Cross. And before that he wrote for Saturday Night LiveDennis Miller, and Ben Stiller. His comedic style definitely veers towards the absurd which is evident in one of the shows he produced for Comedy Central: Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 

After decades of comedy writing, producing and acting, Bob Odenkirk has written his first book, a collection of work that includes monologs, short fiction and free-verse poetry. Virginia spoke to him in the fall of last year about A Load of Hooey.

He read an excerpt from the book on Conan in October of last year. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj34jb9imhY

To give you a better idea of the man behind Saul Goodman, here are a few clips from Bob Odenkirk's career.

1. Saul Goodman started out as a bit part on the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, now Odenkirk is starring in Better Call Saul, a spin off critics from The AtlanticRolling Stoneand The Wall Street Journal are already praising.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1xIGfVFb-U

2. Odenkirk in an SNL commercial from 1991. 

2a. Odenkirk and Chris Farley co-created one of Farley's most famous characters, Matt Foley, when they were both at Second City. 

3. A skit from the Emmy Award winning and short-lived The Ben Stiller Show with Odenkirk playing the role of Charles Manson in a Lassie parody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5IrRe2F7qY

4. Senior Producer Maureen McMurray lists this as one of her favorite Bob Odenkirk/Mr. Show moments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyrM7GxyzGg

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