The Onion‘s Decider has a good interview with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross today about some shows they’re doing together in Chicago. There are all of the usual questions everyone asks of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, and also there’s this answer by Bob, after David hangs up:
Bob: When you asked if we were gonna work together in the future, what could we say? There has to be a buyer who wants us. And as much as we have fans, clearly nobody likes us well enough to make a show with us. They’ll all have a meeting with us, but even HBO doesn’t want to have a show with us.
D: You guys have another show idea?
Bob: Yeah, we do, actually. We pitched it. We went to Showtime and HBO. It’s a progression of Mr. Show. When we wrote Mr. Show, we would write sketches and then we would link them up. We wrote sketches that came out of a sense of story. So we want to do that show now. It would still be like Mr. Show, but the sketches wouldn’t be constructed separate from each other. It would be a fundamentally different show because of that.
D: So you pitched it around?
BO: We did, and basically everyone said, “Oh, we don’t have any money right now. Come back next year.” It’s always been this way. It’s always been difficult for us because we have fans. We even have fans at networks–at HBO and Showtime–but it’s just not good enough. I think the hard part is the bosses at those networks have never been fans of ours. They’ve never really watched us or known who we were or given a shit. So the problem is even if the lower-level executives like you, they can’t order shows. They just act like they can.
That sounds depressing, but surely Obama will get around to fixing this soon, right after North Korea and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And, actually, as frustrated as Bob sounds, both Bob and David have stuff going on separately. BUT! Also in the interview, they brought up peoples’ favorite Mr. Show sketches, including “The Story Of Everest,” which I just watched for about the 100th time and was HOWLING laughing so hard I’m sure my neighbors could hear me. So here’s that. “I would like to hear a funny story!”
SEVEN FUCKING MINUTES, ladies and gentlemen. That is how entertaining that show was: seven minutes is a lifetime now. If anyone’s Mom or Dad is a really high-up HBO exec who can order shows, please give them shit for this along with some behavior-reinforcing praise for Eastbound And Down.