Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show

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Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of HBO's classic sketch comedy show Mr. Show, present to you this collection of never-before-seen scripts and ideas that Hollywood couldn't find the gumption to green-light. Simply put...

HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!

Since Mr. Show closed up shop, Bob and David have kept busy with many projects--acting in fun, successful, movies and TV shows, directing things, and complaining about...

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Overview

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of HBO's classic sketch comedy show Mr. Show, present to you this collection of never-before-seen scripts and ideas that Hollywood couldn't find the gumption to green-light. Simply put...

HOLLYWOOD SAID NO!

Since Mr. Show closed up shop, Bob and David have kept busy with many projects--acting in fun, successful, movies and TV shows, directing things, and complaining about stuff that didn't turn out well to anyone who would listen, and even alone, in silence, inside their own heads.

HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! reveals the full-length, never-before-seen scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray For America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear. This tome also includes a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren't all koo-koo about religion. What you are looking at online, and are about to buy, is chock-full of comic twists, turns, and maybe a few hard truths. We said "maybe," but what we mean was "probably not."

Now, for the first time, take a peek at the scripts that didn't get the go-ahead and ponder a world we can only dream about...and beyond!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Mr. Show:

"A burst of pop-cultural commentary and cutting-edge irony." The New York Times

"A twisted and often brilliant stream of comic consciousness ... fast, furious and funny stuff." Rolling Stone Magazine

"Some of television's smartest and darkest comedy." L.A. Times

Praise for David Cross' I Drink For a Reason:

"Funny and illuminating . . . His voice makes an easy jump to the page." —A.V. Club, The Onion

"Cross doesn't mince words . . . His stance on Jim Belushi is pretty clear." TIME

"Immortally titled." —Vanity Fair

Library Journal
11/01/2013
For three years in the mid-1990s, HBO ran the irreverent and darkly twisted comedy sketch series Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk and Cross juxtaposed live comedic sketches with pretaped vignettes that featured a diverse and talented cast including Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Jay Johnston, and the sublime Posehn. Now, Mr. Show fanboys and fangirls who have heretofore subsisted on a steady diet of YouTube and Mr. Show: The Complete Collection DVDs can gorge themselves on this compilation of full-length scripts ("Bob and David Make a Movie" and "Hooray for America") and a pastiche of random sketch pieces ("Fagit & Morello," "Nineteen Fifty-Bleven," and "Famous Pussies"). Sadly, the overall conceit is flat, the material lame, and the jokes? Well, sorry, Mr. Show geeks, but they pretty much suck. All of which is to say that Mr. Show sans Jack, Sarah, or Jay is a no-show. VERDICT Verily, a disappointment given the anticipation of Odenkirk and Cross's return. It isn't a stretch to see why Hollywood said no; hard-core Mr. Show fans notwithstanding, you should, too.—Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
Kirkus Reviews
This collection extends the publishing concept of "cleaning out the closet" to the extreme. The target readership for this book would seem to be small but specific: comedy cultists and Mr. Show completists. The series ran for four years on HBO during the mid-1990s, and both of the co-authors have earned higher-profile TV credits in the 15 years since (Cross with Arrested Development and Odenkirk with Breaking Bad). If there was ever a time when Mr. Show might have spawned some movies, the market for those has long since dissipated. The former dates from 1998 and offers broad political satire on the corporate co-opting of the presidency and the development of the ultimate gated community: a new planet restricted to the rich people who have plundered the Earth. One bit features Abraham Lincoln as a gangsta rapper: "Damn it's me G. A.B.E. to the L.I.N.C. Doin' a drive-by on slizzavery." The latter (which opens the book, though it was written in 2003) is a series of sketches loosely connected by the concept of two comedians trying to get their movie made. The funniest one concerns "Noodlefest," a Woodstock for jam bands, which features only one band playing one interminable song and reaches a state of medical emergency by boring its attendees to death. "This marries our hatred of jam bands with our detestation of sleazy Hollywood producers," the authors explain in a postscript annotation that further pads the volume. In the case of these scripts, Hollywood was right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478980209
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created, wrote and starred in the highly influential, Emmy-nominated sketch program, Mr. Show, which aired for four seasons on HBO from 1995 to 1998.

Bob Odenkirk is an actor, writer, film director and comedian who wrote for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show, amongst others. He writes humor pieces for The New Yorker and is currently starring on the Emmy award-winning show Breaking Bad.

David Cross is an actor, writer and comedian known for his stand-up comedy as well as roles in film and television, including the character of Tobias Fünke on Arrested Development. David wrote, produced, directed and starred in the acclaimed IFC show The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of I Drink for a Reason.

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