See the Cast of ‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ Then and Now
In 1995, former ‘SNL‘ writer and actor Bob Odenkirk teamed up with his friend, comedian David Cross for a new sketch show for HBO: the subversive and witty ‘Mr. Show with Bob and David,’ featuring a line-up of alternative comedians and writers who, along with Cross and Odenkirk, would go on to have much bigger careers. The show was canceled in 1998 after just four seasons, and while it was nominated for four Primetime Emmy awards, it never took home a trophy.
15 years later, we take a look back at the cast and see how far they’ve come now.
Then: Former ‘SNL’ writer and actor Bob Odenkirk co-created the show with his friend David Cross. Odenkirk, who also previously wrote for Conan O’Brien, starred in the sketches as well.
Now: Odenkirk currently plays Saul Goodman on the AMC series ‘Breaking Bad,’ and is starring in his own spin-off. He recently released a book with Cross called ‘Hollywood Said No! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show,’ and the pair went on tour to promote it. His recent film credits include ‘The Spectacular Now’ and the upcoming Alexander Payne film, ‘Nebraska.’
Then: Stand-up comedian David Cross co-create, co-wrote, and co-starred in ‘Mr. Show’ with Odenkirk and a cast of their friends and peers. Cross previously wrote for ‘The Ben Stiller Show.’
Now: Cross plays Tobias Funke on ‘Arrested Development’ (on which Odenkirk once made a guest appearance) and continues to perform stand-up. He has released three comedy albums and appeared in the recent films ‘It’s a Disaster’ and ‘Kill Your Darlings.’
Then: Tom Kenny was a series regular on the first three seasons, and appeared once in seeason four. Kenny was also a contributing writer.
Now: Kenny is the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, as well as the evil Ice King on ‘Adventure Time.’ He voiced Rabbit in the 2011 ‘Winnie the Pooh’ film and various characters on ‘Futurama.’
Then: Jill Talley was a regular player on all four seasons of the series. She and co-star Tom Kenny have been married since 1993. The couple appeared together in the Smashing Pumpkins’ music video for ‘Tonight, Tonight’ in 1996 as the married honeymoon couple.
Now: Talley, like her husband, does a lot of voice work these days — she voices Karen on ‘Spongebob Squarepants,’ the Sky Witch on ‘Adventure Time,’ and Sarah Dubois on ‘The Boondocks.’ She has also appeared in the films ‘Sky High’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’
Then: Jay Johnston was a featured actor in the first three seasons and became a regular for the final season. He was also on the show’s writing staff.
Now: Johnston went on to play police officers on two different shows featuring his ‘Mr. Show’ co-stars: Officer Jay McPherson on Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Sarah Silverman Program,’ and Officer Taylor on ‘Arrested Development’ with David Cross. He has also guest-starred on ‘Parks and Recreation’ and has a recurring role as the voice of Jimmy Pesto on ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ In addition, Johnston worked on the Adult Swim shows ‘Moral Orel’ and ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole’ with former ‘Mr. Show’ regulars Dino Stamatopoulos (aka Starburns from ‘Community’) and Scott Adsit (of ’30 Rock’ fame).
Then: Comedian Scott Aukerman was a featured cast member on seasons two through four, and a contributing writer in season four.
Now: Aukerman hosts the podcast and accompanying IFC television show ‘Comedy Bang Bang.’ His ‘Mr. Show’ co-stars Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Paul F. Tompkins, and Sarah Silverman have all made guest appearances on the program.
Then: Jack Black started his career on television, eventually appearing on ‘Mr. Show,’ and it was during the series that his band (with friend Kyle Gass) Tenacious D made their debut. Black appeared on the first two seasons, and went on to land his own short-lived Tenacious D TV show on HBO.
Now: Black has become quite the accomplished actor — he provides the voice of Po in the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ series (in which Cross also has a part), has appeared in the recent films ‘Bernie’ and ‘The Big Year,’ and can be seen next in the Jason Segel-Cameron Diaz comedy ‘Sex Tape.’
Then: Comedian and heavy metal aficionado Brian Posehn starred on ‘Mr. Show’ for all four seasons, and was a contributing writer in seasons two, three, and four.
Now: Posehn went on to star on ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ and continues to perform stand-up — he’s released three live albums. He has also appeared in the films ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ and ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.’
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Then: Comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub appeared in the first two seasons.
Now: Rajskub played Chloe O’Brian on the Fox series ’24,’ and recently appeared on season four of ‘Arrested Development’ with David Cross. Her film credits include ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (with Jill Talley), ‘Julie and Julia,’ and this summer’s indie comedy ‘The Kings of Summer.’
Then: Sarah Silverman, like Bob Odenkirk, also previously wrote and occasionally performed on ‘SNL.’ Silverman appeared in the third episode of the first season of ‘Mr. Show’ and was a cast regular in season three.
Now: Silverman went on to create and star in her own show on Comedy Central, ‘The Sarah Silverman Program.’ She continues to perform stand-up, and provided the voice of Vanellope Von Schweetz in ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ She’s recently appeared in the film ‘Take This Waltz’ and can be seen next in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming live-action comedy ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’
Paul F. Tompkins
Then: Paul F. Tompkins starred in all four seasons of the series and was featured on the writing staff. In 1998, HBO aired his one-man special, ‘Driven to Drink.’
Now: Tompkins is a regular guest on Scott Aukerman’s ‘Comedy Bang Bang’ (though usually not as himself), he’s appeared on ‘Community’ with former ‘Mr. Show’ regular Dino Stamatopoulos, and he starred on ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ with Sarah Silverman. He has appeared in the films ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘The Informant.’