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Hollywood Said No!

By: David Cross,Bob Odenkirk,Brian Posehn - contributor
Narrated by: David Cross,Bob Odenkirk,Full Cast
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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Show fans rejoice! After all these years, Bob and David are finally back together with a collection of hilarious, never-before-seen scripts, sketches, and ideas that may have just been too good for Hollywood.

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of HBO's classic sketch comedy show Mr. Show, present to you this collection of never-before-seen scripts and ideas that Hollywood couldn't find the gumption to green-light. Simply put...Hollywood Said No! 

Since Mr. Show closed up shop, Bob and David have kept busy with many projects - acting in fun, successful, movies and TV shows, directing things, and complaining about stuff that didn't turn out well to anyone who would listen, and even alone, in silence, inside their own heads. Hollywood Said No! reveals the full-length, never-before-seen scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and Hooray for America!: a satirical power-house indictment of all that you hold dear. 

This tome also includes a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, suitable for performance by church groups that aren't all koo-koo about religion. What you are looking at online, and are about to buy, is chock-full of comic twists, turns, and maybe a few hard truths. We said "maybe," but what we mean was "probably not." Now, for the first time, take a peek at the scripts that didn't get the go-ahead and ponder a world we can only dream about...and beyond! 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Bob Odenkirk and David Cross (P)2013 Hachette Book Group

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It's Bob and Dave in Mr Show mode, it's great

I figured I'd add in a good review since most of these reviews are pretty awful and worthless.

The idea of this book is that it's a couple of movie scripts that were never made and then some short skits, that's it - it's not Mr Show, it's nothing behind the scenes, but it's extremely entertaining if you liked Mr Show.

This is absolutely a book that is best in audio format as the audio is fully produced with much of the Mr Show cast, they have sound effects and music - if you've seen enough Mr Show you can easily visualize what is happening in the scenes and they do a really good job of setting scenes and such. The book starts off with two movie scripts in a row which take up roughly 3 hours and 10 mins or so, which is awesome since they're like fully movies, just in audio format. After that you get some new short skits to fill out the rest of the book.

Overall this is an easy recommendation if you just pay attention to what you're getting. If you like Mr Show and you want more of that in a longer form factor and you have the ability to visual things, then you should very much enjoy this.

The voice acting and production is top notch.

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The Mr. Show Crew Redefine the "Audio Book"

What made the experience of listening to Hollywood Said No! the most enjoyable?

This book of scripts and sketches is not read, it's acted. Music, Sound effects, occasional bouts of laughter and ad-libs bring an extra dimension to what is on the written page, and in some cases, enhances our understanding of what the printed page can only hint at. You know these people care... giving their fans extra effort, extra audio layers, and making this "reading" an incomparable event.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are too many to list, although David as the "President" of the United States is a real standout.

Which scene was your favorite?

During the performance of the first script, narrator Paul F. Tompkins suddenly disappears and is replaced... the clumsy explanation of this brings laughter from the actors and this listener.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this in two "sittings"... driving. But only because I had to get out of the car.

Any additional comments?

This Audible edition is well worth it, even if you bought the print edition already. It's like a new episode of Mr. Show, with much of the same cast (in addition to Bob and David, I mean). Highly recommended. I only gave the "story" 4 stars because this book is made up of course of scripts Hollywood rejected. I mean, Hollywood knows what it's doing, right?

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For all you Mr. Show Lovers

The audiobook is so good you won’t want to throw yourself into a vat of acid.

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Great performance

The cast knows their craft and are passionate, and I am a fan of their comedic style. It is a fun short listen but I did not laugh out loud. What I enjoyed most was gleaning how a movie script is written differently than a novel.

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I Miss Mr. Show!

What made the experience of listening to Hollywood Said No! the most enjoyable?

The comedians who read the book and the funny stories.

What did you like best about this story?

The originality and free-form silliness.

What about David Cross and Bob Odenkirk ’s performance did you like?

Their rapport and obvious comfort with the material (since they wrote it).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mistakes of the Ancestors

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if you like mr show

What did you love best about Hollywood Said No!?

i found the full performance pretty hilarious.

What did you like best about this story?

I understand why these were not made into movies but that just makes the whole thing more ridiculous.

What about David Cross and Bob Odenkirk ’s performance did you like?

the cast are witty as ever, but they left the some of their crackups in the final recording, which i thought was funny.

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Hey everybody, it's Bob and David!

If you could sum up Hollywood Said No! in three words, what would they be?

free on audible.com

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Old Gregg" - because he has a mangina and "all things good"

Have you listened to any of David Cross and Bob Odenkirk ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

who?

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

its not a book and yes I wet myself

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Love Bob and David, Love Mr. Show. Buy at discount

I got this in a two for one credit sale, and I still feel kind of like I paid too much. granted I really enjoyed it, and if your absolute favorite thing in the world is classic Mr. Show, with Bob and David, or Comedy Bang Bang, this may very well be worth every cent.

But, in my personal opinion it just felt like a special feature in a box set of Mr. Show, or maybe a very long podcast. I wouldn't spend a full credit on this, but 5 bucks? sure why not.

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Waiting for the script writers, or someone like them

I laughed every now and then. Truthfully, I to would have rejected these scripts, too. Bob and David are funny guys. They write skits better than I could. But…. I have a day job. These skits are like a second rate ‘Firesign Theatre’ show. I’ve met the Firesign Theatre and they are funny, audiences laugh heartily. Bob & David are a poor imitation. I could listen to Firesign albums again and again with out getting tired. When this book ended I was thinking about asking for my money back. Save your’s, fine a used record store and buy ‘Give me immortality or give me death’. One listen and you’ll understand who Bob & David were trying to imitate. They do a much better job when someone else is writing the script.

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For fans of Mr Show

Do you enjoy the off beat ADHD sometimes smart usually crass humor of Mr. Show which falls somewhere between 'ground breaking' and 'why did I just waste my time'? If so, then this book is for you.

I usually don't bother with the pdf.s that accompany audiobooks but I found it helped here.

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For fans of Mr Show

What did you like most about Hollywood Said No!?

That it was fully formed, it seemed effortless despite the fact the script was at the time over a decade old.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob, he's just the best.

Bob yelling is up there with the best catchphrases.

What about David Cross and Bob Odenkirk ’s performance did you like?

It's always great to hear from Jay Johnston

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I nearly choked a few times due to laughter.

Any additional comments?

A great ensemble cast.

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