Bob Odenkirk celebrates Better Call Saul's fifth-season renewal by showing the TCA press corps his butt

Given that it remains the most consistently and critically beloved series on the network’s roster, it’s not entirely shocking to learn that Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul has now been granted a fifth-season renewal order, roughly a week before its fourth was set to premiere. Not only does the series…

“I didn’t do myself any favors”: David Cross talks racism and comedy

The A.V. Club David Cross interview is a tradition stretching back to the publication’s founding in the mid-’90s, and we’ve charted the course of his career from co-creator of a cult-favorite HBO show to prominent stand-up comedian to blockbuster Easter egg. As a comedian, Cross has always found comfort in discomfort,…

Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, How Did This Get Made?, more coming to Onion Comedy & Arts Festival

Big news, comedy fans: Our comedy festival returns May 30-June 3 at various venues in Chicago under a new name, The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival. Why change the name from the amusing-but-difficult-to-remember-and-Google 26th Annual Comedy Festival? Well one, see above. And two, it’s The Onion’s 30th anniversary in…

Bob Odenkirk's getting his own John Wick-style action thriller, god damn it

Bob Odenkirk is gearing up to add “action star” to a resume that already includes “groundbreaking sketch comedy legend” and “Emmy-nominated dramatic actor,” with Deadline reporting that Odenkirk has signed on for a new action thriller titled Nobody. The film will center on Odenkirk as a regular guy pushed too far,…

Jason Sudeikis, Keegan Michael Key, and more on actors who are also great improvisers

While Second City has birthed some of the great comedians in the industry, like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Bill Murray, there are many comedic entertainers working who had no formal sketch-comedy or improv experience. In the video above, Second City alums Jason Sudeikis, Bob Odenkirk, Keegan Michael-Key, and more…

Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, and more on how to write a smart political sketch

Injecting political commentary into comedy is nothing new, but with the increasing surreality of the American government, it seems more prevalent than ever. What’s the best way to approach tackling politics in comedy—and at what point does it become too heavy-handed? We asked Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason…

Better Call Saul burns down one relationship and rebuilds another

In the centerpiece of tonight’s finale, Chuck McGill rips out paneling, punches holes in kitchen tile, and leaves piles of plaster, drywall, and insulation throughout his home, looking for whatever is still drawing current into his house. It’s a scene that immediately brings to mind the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s …

Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, and Matthew Rhys join Spielberg’s The Papers

According to Variety, an actor from a TV show you like has just joined the cast of Stephen Spielberg’s The Papers (formerly known as The Post), which will tell the story of the Washington Post’s fight to publish the Pentagon Papers—which basically revealed the extent to which the U.S. government had fucked up the…

Slippin’ Jimmy is back as Better Call Saul hurtles toward rock bottom

Uncle Bryn, on the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, once described a colorful acquaintance with the memorable sentence: “He died whilst faking his own death.” As Jimmy lay on the floor in the Wexler-McGill offices, amusing himself with an extorted guitar, I thought about that line. Our hero went full Slippin’ Jimmy tonight,…

Families fracture as Better Call Saul debuts its title character

Last week’s episode was such a climactic moment for the series, so intense and elegantly delivered, that a return to Better Call Saul’s normal high quality is bound to seem like a bit of a letdown. But let’s pause for a second to appreciate how “Chicanery” delivered on the promise of this show. Remember when we all…