At The Movies

Did somebody, maybe me, forget to push my laugh button before “Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy” began?

This movie doesn’t scrape the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t the bottom of the barrel. This movie isn’t below the bottom of the barrel. This movie doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with barrels.

“Cop and a Half” is a cheerful example of the “wunza” movie, so named because of its popular formula, as in: “Wunza cop and wunza robber,” or, in this case, “Wunza cop and wunza 8-year-old kid.”

Miss (or missed?) Mister Show

Do you know about Mr. Show with Bob and David? I was lucky enough to catch it before it was cancelled from HBO, I waited patiently for the DVD sets to be released, and then followed along as David Cross and Bob Odenkirk made names for themselves as Tobias Fünke (Arrested Development) and Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad). Here they are appearing on The Daily Show on September 11, 2013:

The full episode is available on Comedy Network.

Some times you come across a show that is ahead of it’s time. That is true of Mr. Show (“At Least A Dozen Mr. Show Skits That Became Reality”) but it also comes from a rich history of top-notch sketch comedy, from Monty Python to the Kids in the Hall. You may recognize some of the cast and guests like Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Jack Black, Tom Kenny, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brian Posehn, Jerry Minor, Scott Aukerman, and Dino Stamatopoulos.

You can pretty much skip Run Ronnie Run. It is a rare case where the outtakes are far superior to the actual finished movie. If you are new to all of this, here are three amazing sketches that might spark your own interest:

The Audition

Young People & Companions

Pre-taped Call in Show

Note: These three skits in particular are from the mind of Dino Stamatopoulos, comedy writer, creator of Morel Orel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, and Starburns (Community).

Also, Bob and David are plugging a new book:

Enema Bag Jones

The Wrong Guy (1997)—“Nelson Hibbert”

DF: Yes, I wrote that with Jay Kogen, who I met while doing It’s Pat, and my friend Dave Higgins, who we had all met because we were on Comedy Central together. He used to be part of a troupe called Higgins Boys And Gruber. Kids In The Hall really liked those guys. We had guested on their show years earlier. The three of us wrote The Wrong Guy… I think we wrote it at the same time we were writing Brain Candy, so I was writing both of those at the same time until I actually quit Kids In The Hall. I remember being very excited, because I was suddenly in a position to hire David Steinberg. I actually went to a dinner meeting to interview David Steinberg, who was one of my boyhood comedy heroes. I used to watch The David Steinberg Show on PBS back when it was a replacement series. I used to watch him host The Tonight Show. And then he had a series in Canada called The David Steinberg Show that was the first place people saw John Candy and Joe Flaherty and Marty Short, Dave Thomas. They were all regulars on The David Steinberg Show before SCTV was on the air.

AVC: He was notorious for his appearances on The Smothers Brothers as well.

DF: David Steinberg was the reason the Smothers Brothers got cancelled. He did a sermon about Moses and the burning bush, and CBS said if they didn’t cut it from the show, they were going to cancel ’em, and the Smothers Brothers said, “Well, you better cancel us.” So David Steinberg caused the Smothers Brothers to have their TV show cancelled.

RANDOM ROLES: Dave Foley | A.V. Club