To most people, “Shut up, you f—ing baby!” is an insult. When the offensive order comes from the potty mouth of David Cross, however, you can’t help but smile.
The comic, known for his HBO sketch-comedy series “Mr. Show With Bob and David,” as well as his somewhat infamous reputation as the indie rock funnyman, is set to release the double album Shut Up, You F—ing Baby! November 5 on Sub Pop Records, according to a label spokesperson. The LP marks the first comedy offering from the Seattle indie label, which put out early material from Mudhoney, Nirvana and Soundgarden, and perseveres with new releases from the Shins and the Catheters.
Cross, who’s often seen sporting a T-shirt by one of his favorite groups, prefers to perform at music venues rather than comedy clubs. Thus, Shut Up, You F—ing Baby! was recorded during his spring tour, which had bands Ultrababyfat and Arlo serving as opening acts. A solo trek in support of the album is in the works.
Besides roles in both “Men in Black” films and bit parts in TV’s “Just Shoot Me” and the film “The Cable Guy,” among others, Cross and “Mr. Show” player Brian Posehn introduced Tool on some shows during the band’s first tour to support its latest album, and Cross hosted the hipster celebration that was the Strokes and Guided by Voices show at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre last New Year’s Eve. He’s also being primed to emcee Sub Pop’s showcase during the CMJ festival in October.
Along with his “Mr. Show” co-star Bob Odenkirk, the comedian also has the film “Run Ronnie Run” on his horizon. Taken from a “Mr. Show” skit, the movie tracks the tribulations of Ronnie Dobbs, played by Cross, who has the distinction of being the alleged perp most featured in the reality TV series “Cops.” Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and former Hole/Mötley Crüe drummer Samantha Maloney also appear in the film, as the fictitious band Titannica (see “Members of Tool, Hole, Anthrax Join Forces For Movie Metal” ).
New Line Cinema still plans to release “Run Ronnie Run,” according to a spokesperson, though the film carries no release date.
Cross and Odenkirk are taking their “Mr. Show” on the road in September, when they’ll enact skits from the program as well as new material in arenas nationwide.
Tour dates for Mr. Show Live!: Bob and David in “Hooray for America!!!” according to www.bobanddavid.com:
- 9/14 – San Diego, CA @ California Center for the Perf. Arts at Escondido
- 9/20 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
- 9/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 9/22 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
- 9/24 – Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theatre
- 9/26 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The State Theatre
- 9/27 – Chicago, IL @ The Congress Theatre
- 9/28 – Madison, WI @ The Barrymore Theatre
- 9/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre
- 10/4 – Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall
- 10/5 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
- 10/7 – Sacramento, CA @ The Crest Theatre
- 10/9 – Eugene, OR @ The McDonald Theatre
- 10/10 – Portland, OR @ The Crystal Ballroom
- 10/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
- 10/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre