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Bob Odenkirk Plays Stephen Colbert and Vice Versa in a Mr. Show–Level Late Show Appearance

Just how deep does this thing go?

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Notwithstanding the greatness of Bob Odenkirk’s performance as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill, it’s a little alarming to consider that there may be prestige-drama fans unaware of Odenkirk’s storied sketch-comedy past. Fortunately, Odenkirk’s most recent project is the Netflix black comedy Girlfriend’s Day, which freed him up to engage in some classic Mr. Show mindbending on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

In the Late Show bit, Odenkirk informs Colbert that he’s starring in the forthcoming Late Show: The Movie, playing none other than Stephen Colbert. And what do you know, he has a clip. Given that said clip shows a scowling Odenkirk-as-Colbert taking the Late Show stage and sneering “Clap, you pigs,” Colbert is understandably taken aback, but then he remembers: He’s also in Late Show: The Movie, playing … Bob Odenkirk.

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The bit gets more complicated from there—like, “Pre-Taped Call-In Show” complicated—and while it would be unfair to spoil exactly how, trust us when we say you’ll want to keep watching until the kicker.

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