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Shelf Life: Comedy duo unveils unproduced, rejected material in new book

2013-09-18T09:30:00Z 2013-09-18T17:18:13Z Shelf Life: Comedy duo unveils unproduced, rejected material in new bookJane Ammeson Times Correspondent
September 18, 2013 9:30 am  • 

The sketch-comedy team of Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of the Emmy winning HBO comedy sketch series "Mr. Show with Bob and Dave" which ran from 1995 to 1998 and continues to be popular in cable reruns and DVDs, have compiled of their unproduced screenplays and sketches in the recently released "Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show" (Grand Central Publishing 2013; $17).

“David called me and said, they wanna know if we wanna write a book together," said Odenkirk explaining how it all came about. “Then he had the idea, what if we show people these screenplays that we wrote. So, he went and read them, and I went and read them and we both agreed there was a lot of laughs and more than we remembered and that they weren't entirely irrelevant. So, we cleaned them up a little bit. Not too much.”

According to Oldenkirk, the book is for fans who wanted something more from them since their show stopped broadcasting and includes two screenplays -- "Hooray for America" and "Bob & David Make a Movie". Along with Oldenkirk and Cross, the audiobook format of "Hollywood Said No!," features Mr. Show regulars like Paul F. Tompkins, Jay Johnston, Scott Aukerman, Jerry Minor and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

On a limited book tour, the two, along with comedian and writer Brian Posehn, a cast member and writer on Mr. Show, will be performing comedy sketches.

“We're gonna do standup, as well,” said Oldenkirk, who grew up in Naperville, Ill.

When asked when he and Cross first thought of publishing their unwanted screenplays, Oldenkirk laughed and said, “Before we wrote them, we decided no one's ever gonna make whatever movies we write, so someday, they can be books, read on the toilet.”

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