I've been bidding my time until Michael and Michael Have Issues starts airing on Comedy Central July 15th (10:30pm ET/9:30pm CT). Summer reruns and original programming on cable haven't been floating my boat lately, so I've been turning to comedy that has long since left the TV airwaves and made its way onto DVD (or YouTube). This week I've been dabbling in the brilliance of Mr. Show, Bob Odenkirk's and David Cross's insanely funny HBO sketch series that ran from 1995 - 1998. Absurd, outrageous, surreal and imaginative, Bob and David wrote and performed bits with an intelligent flair, lending itself to Python, yet forging new directions. It's cool to see Brian Posehn, Jay Johnston, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul F. Thomkins, Tom Kenny and Jack Black providing some funny way back then.
Here's "The Farm House Musical", a heartfelt romp about a leather pants salesman who is led to glory hole temptation by satan. Seriously, it's so well done and absolutely hilarious. Listen to the golden rocking chops of Jack Black. When Odenkirk comes out as the milk pump, it brings it to a whole other level - which very sadly, gets cut off in this video. Damn. Still the five minutes on there are pretty good.
Rent Mr. Show: The Complete First and Second (Third and Fourth season too) on Netflix, or buy it at Amazon to watch all their work. It's worth it.