1. Robert John “Bob” Odenkirk on the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul, which focuses on Goodman.
2. Together with fellow comedian and writer David Cross, Odenkirk co-created and co-starred in the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David.
3. In the mid-1990s, he and David Cross created the Emmy-nominated sketch comedy program “Mr. Show with Bob and David”, which ran for four seasons, ultimately becoming a cult success, and was revived in 2015 under a new name, W/ Bob & David.
4. In the early 2000s, Odenkirk discovered the comedy duo Tim & Eric and produced their television series Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
5. Odenkirk was born in Berwyn, Illinois and raised in nearby Naperville.
6. He would later say that he grew up “hating” Naperville because “it felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville.
7. He created a late-night radio comedy show called “The Prime Time Special” with many recurring characters.
8. “It often had us in stitches” said then WIDB Program Director, Victor Lentini.
9. After three years of college, Odenkirk decided to try writing and improv in Chicago.
10. First studying with Del Close, Odenkirk attended “The Players Workshop of the Second City” where he met Robert Smigel, and they began a collaboration that would last for years and take Odenkirk to Saturday Night Live. He also performed at the Improv Olympic alongside notable comedians Chris Farley and Tim Meadows.
11. Odenkirk was hired as a writer at Saturday Night Live in 1987 and worked there through 1991.
12. The following summer he did a one-man show, Show-Acting Guy, directed by Tom Gianas.
13. During his final summer hiatus, he wrote and acted in the Second City Mainstage show, Flag Burning Permitted in Lobby Only.
14. In that particular show, he wrote the character “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker”, for Chris Farley, which would later be reprised on SNL.
15. In 1991, Odenkirk was hired to write for the TV show Get a Life, which starred Late Night with David Letterman alumnus Chris Elliott.