Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Forgotten TV: Oh, Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents (1998)

Walter Williams' Mr. Bill returned to television in 1998, this after appearing in a number of commercials for sponsors such as Pringles, Burger King, & Lexus. This time, though, the little guy top-lined a Fox Family entry, Oh, Nooo! Mr. Bill Presents, which lasted 1 season of 42 episodes (August 1998-sometime in 1999).

Now, here's a little fact that I didn't previously know about the Mr. Bill skits from Saturday Night Live. I had been under the assumption that Williams himself was Mr. Hands, but that's not the case. Those hands belong to comedian Vance DeGeneres (Ellen's brother), who returns in this series as well.

Bill (Williams) serves as a host introducing some British comedy skits, including Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean, which had, I believe appeared on HBO previously.

In this sample clip, Bill goes bowling, but not in the way he thinks......

I'm not so sure this kind of absurdist humor would still work today. The above was my first look at the show.

No rating.

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