In my time in the industry, I worked with a lot of very funny people. Many were obviously funny. Others kept from being obviously funny. In turn, many of the obvious ones would hit and burn out. While the less obvious ones would be discovered much later and appreciated that much more.
Bob Odenkirk is a shining example. Most don’t know that he’s been the driving force behind many of the funniest people in tv and film today. But he had always been a more behind-the-scenes/supporting-player on shows like SNL and The Ben Stiller Show. Then he and David Cross had one of the most inspired and creative sketch shows, Mr. Show, that never went beyond an underground following. Since then, he’d produced many great talents before he became known as Saul from Breaking Bad and the soon to be released Better Call Saul.
Through his shows, he would go on to help launch the careers of talents such as Tim & Eric, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Jake Johnson, Fred Armisen and many more.