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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:

Flip & Rotate

With Facebook going public and Twitter announcing it has switched to the bird (outlawing certain behaviour), these two unique social networks have more in common than you might think. Here are the familiar icons, after flipping horizontally and rotating 180°:

Update: Buzzfeed spun this as a conspiracy and picked this up and added a better visualization:

The most common criticism I’ve received is that this is no big deal and “duh, so what if f and t look similar upside down”. Well, I don’t think that is the entire story because it is only applicable to lowercase f and t and you still have to have to flip AND rotate because just turning upside down doesn’t cut it.

Update #2: Buzzfeed has feeds in the footer of several other prominent sites. Here are two worth mentioning: