Bob Odenkirk

“As a comedian, this one thing stuck with me early on: maybe if you were in a drama, you’d have more of a special energy that could help that drama. Because in that format, it is a good thing to have the character come out and you aren’t sure how you’re supposed to feel about them.”

-Bob Odenkirk, episode 322 of Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Today, we sit with legendary actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk! At the top, we discuss his new AMC series Lucky Hank (6:10), the parallels between his character Hank Devereaux and Saul Goodman of Better Call Saul (8:15), and how Monty Python shaped his early ideas of comedy (9:40). Then, Odenkirk reflects on his coming of age in Naperville, Illinois (10:43), the influence of cult comedy legend Del Close (19:21), his years writing at SNL (22:56), and performing at The Second City (27:50).

On the back-half, we talk about his singular collaboration with David Cross that created Mr. Show (32:20), a memorable sketch from season 3 (41:30), his entry to Breaking Bad (49:02), becoming a dramatic actor late in life (51:31), and how he hopes to live in years to come (59:23).

Original illustration by Krishna ShenoiReference image by Sharon Alagna.

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