It’s been 20 years since Bob Odenkirk and David Cross first teamed up on HBO’s cult hit “Mr. Show.” They’ve each gone on to successful careers in their own right, but the duo recently reunited for a four-episode series on Netflix titled “W/ Bob and David,” much to their fans’ delight.
Why did you decide to reunite?
Odenkirk: The audience is weak and we could take advantage of them.
Cross: The pot is stronger now …
Odenkirk: … So our stuff will only be better, smarter, funnier, more amazing, more mind-blowing. And David noticed that it would be the 20th anniversary of the first “Mr. Show.” He wanted to do a 20th anniversary tour. That sounded good to me, and then I started thinking about how hard it would be to do a live tour. I said, “Wouldn’t it be just as hard to make four new shows for someone if anyone was interested?”
How did you end up at Netflix?
Odenkirk: We pitched that we were going to do all new material and we would call it by a different name. We weren’t sure what it would be, and Netflix really went out on a limb for us. We want to have total creative freedom. Netflix, not only are they leaving us alone in regard to the material itself, but you don’t have a time limit.
What do you think about the resurgence in sketch?
Odenkirk: We’re thrilled. We always felt lonely doing sketches years ago. I always felt bad. I couldn’t believe that America couldn’t seem to support more than “Saturday Night Live” and “MADtv.”
David, do you have anything to add? Bob’s talked a lot.
Cross: Welcome to my world (laughs). The thing that a lot of people don’t know about sketch comedy is it’s a pyramid scheme and now we are at the top of the pyramid. The more sketch shows that happen, the more money we get directly. It’s finally paying off for us.