Want to see a taping of With Bob and David, coming soon to Netflix?
Two tapings each on April 15, 21, 25 and 30, at Andrita Studios in Los Angeles. Tickets are free but going quickly!
“We are a little over halfway through shooting the pre-tapes and then we start putting together the live elements and shooting those starting in mid-April,” David Cross told fans last week. So now here are those live element dates, as promised!
What’s the show going to be like? Or, if you’re wondering, is this Mr. Show With Bob and David, just minus the Mr. Show part and the being on HBO part?
Bob Odenkirk explained how it’s coming along in an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this week (beware the massive spoilers for his other show, AMC’s Better Call Saul). Here are the relevant excerpts to his Netflix reunion with David Cross:
We have the same writers, and David and I are still David Cross and Bob Odenkirk. Over the years, we’ve occasionally watchedMr. Show, and honestly, in the course of preparing this show, we watched more Mr. Show to think about what we did there, what we liked about it, what we didn’t like about it. We’re incredibly proud ofMr. Show and thrilled that we made it and proud of the hard work we put into it and how it placed for people. Yet we also think we could write a show that’s a little bit lighter on its feet that moves from idea to idea faster. I’ve learned from being in Breaking Bad that the audience has the willingness to watch something with more of a mystery to it, an odd moment that makes their brain wake up a little, because it poses questions to them.
Our new show is an attempt to do, fun, fun, silly, silly sketch—very silly sketch—move it along faster than Mr. Show moved, and play some odd and maybe absurdist tonal moments that color the show as a whole and maybe make it a little more dreamlike in some ways. Yeah… I sound pompous, don’t I? We’re writing stuff that’s really silly. But on Mr. Show, we got into some really involved arguments, and I think we made some things that were dry and a little bogged-down in torturous thought. The logic of them was a little too circuitous and overly complex, and it wasn’t as much fun as a simple idea that’s simply funny and has a simple performance in it. So what we’re doing here is lighter on its feet, quicker moving. It doesn’t have the structure of Mr. Show. One episode, we do come out and say, “Hi,” but otherwise, we never do that. It’s a little more unmoored than Mr. Showin some ways, and yet it’s simpler in its construction. We were younger guys, we were more delighted by complex, circuitous thinking—like a college kid is, even though we were out of college, we were still grooving on that. Now we just want to get to the funny faster.