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Bob Odenkirk

 
 
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Bob grew up in the Chicago suburb of Naiperville. He was born October 22 1962. These things we know to be true. How he got so darned funny is another matter entirely. Bob had been writing sketches and performing in Chicago, when his friend Robert Smigel got a gig writing for Saturday Night Live. Smigel circulated some of Bob's sketches, which started getting sold.

"I was waiting tables in Chicago, and here my stuff was playing on SNL," recalls Odenkirk.

From 1987 to 1991, he wrote for Saturday Night Live. In 1988, he shared an office with a new "featured" SNL player named Ben Stiller. The rest, as the cliche goes, is history. In addition to being a regular cast member, he wrote for The Ben Stiller Show. And he wrote for the Dennis Miller Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the Taco Bell Dana Carvey Show.

Bob's favorite sketches from the Stiller Show are "Manson," in which he plays Charles Manson as if he were Lassie; "Woody Allen's Bride of Frankenstein," a parody of Husbands and Wives; "Information 411;" and "T.J. O'Pootertoots."

After the Stiller Show, he had a recurring role on the
Larry Sanders Show as Larry's agent. He also showed up in cameos in fellow Stillerite movies such as The Truth About Cats and Dogs and The Cable Guy.

In 1995, Bob and Stiller Show writer David Cross created
Mr. Show for HBO. Mr. Show, which ran four seasons, took up the skit-comedy mantle and placed it firmly on the comedic fireplace, with some very nice pieces of pottery and perhaps a flower arrangement.

The two have now finished up the script for a Mr. Show-inspired movie, Run, Ronnie, Run, which is currently in post-production.
 
 

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