The best of Bob Odenkirk: 10 videos to get you ready for the "Better Call Saul" premiere

From "SNL" to "Mr. Show" and "Tim and Eric," Bob Odenkirk is poised for greatness in "Better Call Saul"

By Sarah Gray

Published February 6, 2015 11:59PM (EST)

  (AMC/Ben Leuner)
(AMC/Ben Leuner)

As Jon Stewart remarked on "The Daily Show" on Thursday night, Bob Odenkirk is (finally) a leading man. He's the central character of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul," which premieres Sunday, Feb. 8. (And you won't have to wait long for the second episode, which will air on Monday, Feb. 9.)

Odenkirk, known for his comedy chops, was a writer on "Saturday Night Live," created and starred in "Mr. Show" with David Cross, helped Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim with several shows for Adult Swim (including "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") and of course played Saul Goodman in "Breaking Bad." (This is just the abridged résumé; he also had rolls on shows including "The Office," "Arrested Development" and others.)

Here are some of Odenkirk's greatest moments to help prepare you for "Better Call Saul."

1) Tim and Eric with Bob Odenkirk as Terry Wulhulherher

2) "Mr. Show": The Audition

This skit truly highlights David Cross, but given that it is one of the best "Mr. Show" skits of all time (as my colleague Joanna Rothkopf pointed out to me), of course it had to be included.

3) "Mr. Show": GloboChem

4) "Mr. Show": The Joke

5) "Mr. Show": Camp Monk Academy

6) "SNL": Bad Idea Jeans

7-8) Matt Foley

Matt Foley was created by Odenkirk and performed by Chris Farley in early sketches like this one below:

And when Farley was on "SNL" and Odenkirk was a writer:

9) Here's his appearance on "WTF with Marc Maron":

10) "Mr. Show": Megaphone Crooners

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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