Attention, Breaking Bad devotees: There is more to Bob Odenkirk than Saul Goodman.
As any comedy fan worth her salt knows, the multihyphenate started out as a writer at SNL before moving on to The Larry Sanders Show and, eventually, HBO’s Mr. Show – a cult hit that Odenkirk co-created with David Cross. And though Odenkirk has dabbled in plenty of funny business since Mr. Show was canceled in 1998, he hasn’t headlined another sketch show since.
Actually, strike that. This fall, Odenkirk will get back to his roots in The Birthday Boys, a new sketch series he’s also executive producing (alongside Ben Stiller). Get a sneak peek at the upcoming series in the clip below, which finds Odenkirk playing tech visionary “Barnum LaBeaux” – a Steve Jobs-ian figure famous for peddling doodads like “The Thing,” “The Portable Thing,” “The Thingamabob,” and, of course, “The Anything.” It’s pretty amusing… though “better call Barnum!” doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it.
The Birthday Boys’ 10-episode first season premieres on IFC Oct. 18.