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Stiller Saturday April 17, 2010

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The Ben Stiller Show is one of the great lost TV shows of the 90’s.  Not only did it feature, over the course of thirteen stellar episodes, razor-sharp parodies of popular culture, it launched the careers of a handful of our best comedians.  Besides Stiller himself, Judd Apatow was a producer and writer, the three cast members consisted of Bob Odenkirk, Andy Dick, and Janeane Garofalo, and David Cross joined the writing staff late in the series’ run, and appeared as a cast member in a few episodes.  Along with The State and The Kids in the Hall (and eventually Cross and Odenkirk’s own Mr. Show), The Ben Stiller Show was certainly one of the very best sketch shows of the last 25 years, and in its best moments, it’s top-notch television, bar none.

The two sketches below were written by Cross.  The first is probably my favorite sketch in the series’ run, called “The Legend of T.J. O’Pootertoot,” and the second is a sly parody of Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men (featuring Andy Dick’s killer impersonation of Keifer Sutherland).

And, what the hell, here’s one more.  It’s called “Legends of Springsteen.”  Enjoy.

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Non-Song of the Day (10/17/09: Mr. Show Edition) October 17, 2009

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In honor of my imminent trip to see David Cross (and continuing the comedy thread from today’s earlier post), here’s a few of my favorite sketches from Mr. Show With Bob and David.  If you’ve never seen this groundbreaking HBO series starring Cross and Bob Odenkirk (and acting as a veritable incubator of comedic talent, launching the careers of Sarah Silverman, Paul F. Tompkins, Brian Posehn, and Tom Kenny [the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, for the uninitiated]), you’d better get while the getting’s good.

“Titannica”

“The Audition”

“Blowing Up the Moon”