View Full Version : Your least favorite Mr. Show sketch

04-28-2004, 08:55 PM
We all know 99% of the time Mr. Show sketches are right on but which one did you absolutely hate the most. I feel that the one that makes me want to kill myself is Dickie Crickets sketch. It doesn't go anywhere. Electric Sports Bra was funny, but that was it..........:o

Dart Shitter
04-28-2004, 09:20 PM

04-28-2004, 09:22 PM
only one i dont like is the 24 sketch.

04-28-2004, 11:26 PM
the only ones i really dont like are 24 and recruiters. the rest are at the very least tolerable.

gerald hennessy
04-28-2004, 11:45 PM
Therein lies the beauty of Mr Show. I looooved Megaphone Crooners. I did not like the "Shake the crime stick" one very much whereas lots of people though it was great. I do agree biosphere was pretty weak.

04-29-2004, 12:15 AM
Ah, I loooove Dickie Crickets!!! My least favorite ones are Biosphere, and the one about the Super Pan- I dunno, just doesn't do it for me (although the link with Bob saying "Only British people can fly" is fucking hilarious)

04-29-2004, 01:56 AM
I was looking at a list of all the sketches trying to find ones I really hate. Ya know, when I watch the show, there's some sketches I like less than others. But it's kind of hard to argue that they're bad ideas, at least on paper (or a computer monitor). Something REALLY bothers me about David's character in the Nils' Guitar Shop sketch, though. Just the way he keeps playing bad "chords" on the guitar and saying, "...wait, wait..." It bugs the shit right out of my asshole! And it's not a GOOD shit either! It takes about 20 minutes to poop it out, then it just doesn't wanna wipe clean, so there's another 10. But ANYWAY, It's a GREAT premise! I just can't hate it! Bobby O. bellowing, "YOU SUCK AND YOU'RE WASTING MY TIME!!!" Fucking beautiful!!! The fact that they only did four seasons and a grand total of 30 episodes at a half an hour each... I mean, it's just easier to maintain that level of quality with those kind of stats than it is for a show like SNL. ANYWAY...

"Story of Everest". That's the right answer. What'd I win?

gerald hennessy
04-29-2004, 04:53 PM
Story of Everest was Hilarious.

wait, wait, wait...

04-29-2004, 06:32 PM
I thought the following all pretty much sucked:
'24 is the highest'
'Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost'
'The Great Philouza'
'Hitler Sings'
'The 4 Voices Within'

I didn't mind the Biosphere sketch. The cartoon animals were kind of corny and unneccesary, but I thought it was hilarious that David's creepy scientist character couldn't get a date with any of the Biosphere chicks. You can't tell me that shit wasn't a little bit funny.

04-29-2004, 06:51 PM
I thought Biosphere played to 12-year old boys who think it would be funny to fuck a goat

04-29-2004, 07:07 PM
i'm almost positive that biosphere was supposed to be satire of most disney bullshit cliches where the main character has problems (not necessarily with getting laid in a biosphere but problems nonetheless) and consults his/her band of cartoon animal friends and ultimately his/her fairy godmother. obviously there's not a ton of substance to the sketch itself other than the aforementioned premise but i still think it's amusing nonetheless (mostly for when david is singing and the birds fly out with the "king loser" sash for him).

05-02-2004, 12:10 AM
Oh, yeah, I get what they were going for with Biosphere. Still, it's not one of my favorites. I always fast forward, or watch that part with the commentary ("Every once in awhile Jay makes up a real word" hehe)

And, hey, Story of Everest and Philouza kick ass! Seriously! I love those sketches.

05-02-2004, 10:02 AM
i like story of everest, but i never seem to get into it the way i get into the other sketches. but its no where near being bad.

05-02-2004, 03:52 PM
Fartin' Rudy just doesn't do it for me. That's all I've been able to come up with over the past few days.

05-02-2004, 06:58 PM
"Fartin' Rudy" makes me wonder about something, but I'm not sure how to express it. Let me try it this way: Andy Kaufman used to do stuff that was "funny" (sometimes) basically because of the fact that it wasn't funny. His "Great Gatsby" bit, for example. "Fartin' Rudy" is an example of something that adds another layer to that. Or "Blueberryhead" would be another. There are people who think the only thing funnier than Carrottop is a good, long, stinky fart. B&D are basically laughing at the kind of people who would find that kind of stuff funny. So there's THREE layers there, right? It's funny because it's not funny but people find it funny. What I find myself wondering about is, where do we go from there? As I see it, the next level would be to make fun of the kind of people who would find an Andy Kaufman funny when he's doing something where the "joke" is that he's not funny. Is that possible? Can you make the world laugh at a four-layer irony cake?

Bah, who gives a shit? It ain't fuckin' ROCKET SCIENCE! Now I should throw in a joke about NASA's incompetence in blowing up astronauts and so fourth. That'll take it to the FIFTH level! See, there's people who are ready with jokes the second something like that happens. So SOME people think dying astronauts are hilarious! Level one. then a lot of people find that disturbing. Level two. Then some people who wouldn't laugh at the original joke will laugh at the people who get all uptight about people who find the original joke funny. Level three. THEN people who weren't offended in the first place get pissed at the level threes for dismissing the level twos' honest emotional response as PC BS. Level four. Now, level five only exists IN THEORY right now, since what I'm saying is not funny in any way. But if it were funny, we'd be at level FIVE!!!! And actually, if someone found it funny and you wanted to laugh at them because you're an elitist comedy snob and that's what you do, THEN we'd be up to level... wait, is that six or seven??? I don't know. Somebody call Guiness!!! I need another beer.

05-03-2004, 03:13 AM
3v3+Z: Need Another Seven Astronauts (NASA) GET IT MAN?!

My vote goes for "Bare Ambition", the one about streaking. It just didn't work.

05-03-2004, 01:08 PM
3v3+Z: Wow. Were you high when you wrote that? Because that is what those who smoke/used to smoke would identify as a "pot thought". Congrats! I totally get what you're saying though. I think calling it a four-layer irony cake really captured the essence.

As for things like the fartin' Rudy sketch, I think there's more than one layer there, but I don't think it goes nearly as deep as you theorize. I mean, Bob and David and the guys are brilliant and all, but I don't think they sit around thinking up these incredibly complex esoteric meanings to their comedy. Didn't David say that Fartin' Rudy was based on a real guy (Mr. Methane) who's act pretty much consists of him farting on command? So, the farting in and of itself is funny. But the real zinger of that sketch is that, besides his farts, Rudy really doesn't have an act. The fact that some dude in the audience can do the same exact thing without even meaning to, just proves that Rudy doesn't really have an act. I think Bob and David really like to rip on comics and comedy that just relies on the trite old stand-bys thinking that they'll make people laugh. It's not that farting isn't funny (I think it is) it's the ridiculous idea that some one could build a whole comedy act and even an entire sitcom around it.

By the way, my least favorite skit is probably "Superpan" although the ending and the next skit are fuckin' priceless.

05-03-2004, 05:10 PM
fartin' GARY(david) was the one on stage doing the farting. fartin' RUDY(bob) was the audience member that steals the show and gets his own sitcom out of it.

05-03-2004, 09:09 PM
Are you all nuts? Are you forgetting Jeepers Creepers, Semi-Star?

It was so bad that they had to acknowledge how bad it was. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but after they filmed it they realized that it was very long and not funny.

Jeepers Creepers!

05-03-2004, 09:35 PM
dude, jeepers creepers was great. they didnt really think it was bad, that was just part of the joke.

05-04-2004, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by SpatulaCity
As for things like the fartin' Rudy sketch, I think there's more than one layer there, but I don't think it goes nearly as deep as you theorize.

I'm saying that's THREE layers. Layer one is the "farts are FUNNY!" crowd. Layer two is that we don't think farting holds up as someone's entire act. Then layer three is that they've managed to turn us around and make us LAUGH at that! All the other bullshit I was saying was basically just, "WHAT'S NEXT? Where can we go from here?"

And I was completely sober when I wrote that, by the way. I mentioned wanting "another beer" at the end, but truth be told, I hadn't had ANY alcohol (YET) that evening. I was just trying to fit in with all the COOL kids! :( (Jeepers Creepers, my kingdom for a decent "crying" emoticon!!! Hey, that reminds me...)

Originally posted by DrMonkey
Are you all nuts? Are you forgetting Jeepers Creepers, Semi-Star?

Blasphemer!!!! Yes, granted, I AM "nuts". I fucking LOVE Jeepers Creepers!!!!! The MUSIC is fucking BRILLIANT!!!! In a strange way it reminds me of The Rutles' music in that it's a STYLE parody, unlike the kind of parody where you use the same music but change the words to something silly. With The Rutles and with "Jeepers Creepers", yes the lyrics are funny, but the music also stands well on its own as something BIGGER than a joke. (Can you tell I'm a musician?)

Yeah, that thing at the end where they said it was stupid or whatever... I'm SURE that's just a joke! However, I'm not so sure there wasn't at least a little seriousness at the end of the "Story of Everest" when Sweetie Pie says, "How many motherfuckin' times this motherfucker gonna fall down? That shit ain't funny!" I would imagine the writers and cast were as divided as the fans were on that sketch. Just a theory. Where's my book? I need to look that up to see if I'm right. I think Jay said something about getting pissed at all the people who tell him they hate that sketch. FUCK! I've gotta clean my house and see what that book is buried under.

05-04-2004, 07:21 PM
Pre-Taped Call In Show was the smartest, wittiest, most brilliant comedy sketch ever written. Why so? Because when you start thinking about it, if some dumbass really did a pre-taped call in show, that could actually happen! Plus, of course, David Cross was hilarious.

Ooops! Was this the thread for least favorite sketch?

05-04-2004, 10:01 PM
I'd say the Car Wash Coin Thieves sketch was my least favorite. Too long and driven out.

05-04-2004, 10:17 PM
I'm also not too fond of the Anne Frank sketch, and the Queen at the party thing.

Jeepers Creepers is great, man. And Farting Gary is hilarious, with all its layers.

05-04-2004, 11:09 PM
I've heard a lot of people say they didn't like F.F. Woodycook, but I fucking love that sketch.

I think someone posted this link awhile back on this forum, it's about the real guy the sketch is based on. Oh, man, that shit is so funny.


05-05-2004, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by SpatulaCity
. It's not that farting isn't funny (I think it is) it's the ridiculous idea that some one could build a whole comedy act and even an entire sitcom around it.

There was a guy who went to Just For Laughs in Montreal who farted. That was his whole gig. That's where David got the idea. That may have been a joke in the commentary but I wouldn't put it past those french audiences. Puppetrey of the penis... need i say more?

Does US television run "Just For Laughs" re-runs? We have them everyday....so terrible.

05-05-2004, 01:32 PM
In the Detroit area, we get the CBC out of Windsor. It bugs me to hear people ask from time to time why Canadians are so funny, Sighting SCTV and The Kids in the Hall and certain comedians. Canada is a BIG fucking place! It's like anyplace else in that they're gonna have a few standouts and a shitload of awful, awful stuff! Seeing shit like "Codco" and "This Hour has 22 Minutes" and those "Just for Laughs" things and those stand-up specials... just some TERRIBLE stuff!!! I remember Bud Friedman used to have this show on the Comedy World radio network, I think it was called "Conversations with Friends" or something like that. I missed the beginning of this conversation, but I think they were talking about some Canadian connection to "An Evening at the Improv" which necessitated them dealing with "Canadian content" laws. So they needed to have, I think, 10% Canadian acts. But the ones they were given were, apparently, AWFUL. So they got around it by filming the acts, then editing them out of the broadcast. Someone please correct me if they know this to be factually inaccurate, or if you can shed more light on it or whatever.

By the way, maybe I'm the only one who noticed this but I was watching the unaired pilot of "Upright Citizens Brigade" which was shot with a live studio audience and it struck me as having a distinctly Canadian vibe. The BAD kind of Canadian vibe, not that cool KitH kind of vibe. They acknowledged in the commentary that it didn't really work for their show. It just felt like people were WAY too enthusiastic about characters that they'd probably never seen before (unless maybe they were UCB Theater regulars). They were cheering for these characters as if they were familiar recurring characters like The Church Lady or something. Cringe inducing!

Hey, what ever happened to The Frantics? I remember laughing my ass off at that when it came out, but I was in eighth grade (or "grade eight" :p ) at the time. I kind of doubt it would hold up if I were to see it today, but I am curious to see it again. "BOOT TO THE HEAD!" :eek:

05-06-2004, 12:10 PM
They had a show called "Four on the Floor" which was a sketch comedy show. They made famous the character "Mr. Canoehead". It had some really shitty stuff (like Mr. Canoehead) but it had some really smart shit too. It probably didn't air for more than one or two years in the late 80's. (early 90's?)

I was pretty young so I can't remember much. They had the "Boot to the head" skit/song in there.

Back on topic, Mr. Show bad sketch:

Mom and Pop Porno shop... pretty weak on it's own, a few chuckles for dirty jokes. I think the premise was good, the sketch wasn't as good. I bet they laughed their asses of when they came up with the idea.

Bob Odenkirk's lounge singer...what's his name....that was pretty weak.

Ronnie Dobbs was pretty weak too. Especially when they are in the studio...

Ofcourse they are all better than what I've got for my HBO sketch comedy show... except for maybe my sketch about Saddam Hussein and Nicole Richie hiding in a bunker together... that's pretty awesome.

05-06-2004, 04:35 PM
if you want the skit to be good, and i mean SNL or possibly (if youhave the raw wit) MADTV funny, but bush in there. only hilarity inits purest form can ensue

05-06-2004, 11:00 PM
Ronnie Dobbs was pretty weak too. Especially when they are in the studio...

Wow, I could not disagree more.

05-07-2004, 11:55 AM
There is a big difference between a good concept (ie Ronnie Dobbs in the studio) and a good sketch... It just was too long and soft.

05-07-2004, 04:50 PM
Hey, man, you're entitled to your opinion.

And, yes, I know the difference between a good concept and a good sketch, and Ronnie Dobbs in the studio is NOT a weak sketch.

05-09-2004, 01:35 AM
Originally posted by agent_PUNT
Mom and Pop Porno shop... pretty weak on it's own, a few chuckles for dirty jokes. I think the premise was good, the sketch wasn't as good. I bet they laughed their asses of when they came up with the idea.

Bob Odenkirk's lounge singer...what's his name....that was pretty weak.

those are 2 of my favorite sketches.

i can understand not liking Mom and Pop Porno Shop but, the Larry Black sketch is gold. if nothing else, you have to love it for the fact that at the beginning he goes "this one's for the ladies. fellas, take it outside....ok, i guess theyre gonna stay. i'll pretend youre not here" and immediately proceeds to sing directly to a man in the front row. like the old black lady who loves chicken says, GOTTA LOVE IT.

User Name
05-09-2004, 03:00 PM
Of course, Bob himself didn't think the Larry Black sketch came off that well, if the Season One commentary is to believed, right?

I was never all that crazy about the "Third Wheel" sketch (probably worked better on stage), and the writers' conversation that followed it was just DEADLY. In fact, I'd say that the episode those bits came from ("We Regret To Inform You") is the weakest MR. SHOW overall (the Borden Grote sketch was too long, most of the other sketches had dead patches, and only "Screwballz" is worthy of mention in the same room as the classic MS pantheon). That said, there are very, very few MR. SHOW bits that come off as egregiously ill-conceived - things were threatening to possibly tip over into blandness at times during the last season, but they somehow always managed to pull it up out of the fire. If they stayed on the air past Season 4, who knows if they could have kept it up? Python's truly great episodes dried up not long after their thirtieth show, after all...

05-10-2004, 12:23 PM
okay, the
Larry Black line, about "fella's take it outside", that is funny.