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Sketch Comedies

Published: April 07, 2017 - by hokey

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  • Rating: 8.0

    Saturday Night Live - 1975

    "Saturday Night Live," NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase, brings yet another year of laughs, surprises and great performances. Since its inception in 1975, "SNL" has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of their generation. As The New York Times noted on the occasion of the show's Emmy-winning 25th Anniversary special in 1999, "in defiance of both time and show business convention, 'SNL' is still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." At the close of the century, "Saturday Night Live" placed seventh on Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 100 Entertainers of the past fifty years.
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  • Rating: 10.0

    SCTV - 1976

    Don't touch that dial! Don't touch that one either! And stop touching yourself! SCTV is on the air! Sketch comedy show set around the fictitious TV station SCTV. The programs broadcast by SCTV were parodies of films and other television shows. They included "Farm Film Report", Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Bob!", "Monster Horror Chiller Theatre", and "Great White North." Other skits involved the staff of SCTV, like president Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, washed up actor Johnny LaRue, and leopard-skin print wearing station owner Edith Prickley.
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  • Rating: 8.2

    In Living Color - 1990

    In Living Color is a American variety sketch-comedy television series created, starred, written, and executive produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans, the program ran on the FOX Network from 1990 to 1994. The show was produced by Ivory Way Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Productions. The series was a huge success as it won an Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series" in 1990 and gained international prominence after airing a special live episode as a counterprogram for Super Bowl XXVL, earning the show very high ratings
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  • Rating: 8.7

    The Ben Stiller Show - 1992

    This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often, they would also have a special guest (e.g. a TV actor) join them in the comedy sketches with hilarious results.
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  • Rating: 8.6

    W/ Bob & David - 2015

    After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy Seals, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are back serving our country the way they do best -- making sketch comedy.
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  • Rating: 8.9

    The Kids in the Hall - 1988

    Get ready for sketch comedy … Canadian style! The Kids In The Hall are a hilarious sketch comedy troupe. They got their name from a comedian named Jack Benny, who would often end a joke by saying: “I got this from the kids in the hall”, referring to the amateur comedians who would hang around outside his office. KITH was formed in 1984 when McCulloch and McKinney, who had worked together in Calgary as part of a group named the Audience, teamed up with Foley and McDonald’s Toronto-based group, KITH. Thompson officially joined in January 1985. That same year, McCulloch and McKinney were hired as writers for NBC’s Saturday Night Live after a talent scout saw KITH in performance. Significantly, SNL had also been created by Michaels, himself an ex-patriate Canadian living and producing in New York. Still in 1985, Foley appeared in the film High Stakes, and Thompson and McDonald toured with Second City. In 1986, KITH were reunited in Toronto and Michaels finally saw them perform.
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  • Rating: 9.2

    Upright Citizens Brigade - 1998

    Agents Adair, Antoine, Colby and Trotter both monitor and create chaos across the universe. The sketches you see throughout most of the show are different subjects being monitored. At the end of each episode all the sketches and characters come together into one final sketch.
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  • Rating: 7.5

    The Birthday Boys - 2013

    "The Birthday Boys" is a scripted original sketch comedy, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk ("Breaking Bad", "Mr. Show") and Ben Stiller ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", "Zoolander"). The series features the Los Angeles comedy group of the same name (UCB Theatre Los Angeles, Just for Laughs Festival) along with Odenkirk and is in the classic vein of absurd/silly/smart/funny variety shows ("Mr. Show", Monty Python), featuring sketches that twist real-life moments and cultural touchstones.
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  • Rating: 9.6

    Monty Python's Flying Circus - 1969

    And now for something completely different: Monty Python's Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.
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  • Rating: 7.0

    Almost Live! - 1984

    Almost Live! was a local talk, and later sketch comedy, television show in Seattle, Washington, USA, produced and broadcast by NBC affiliate KING-TV from 1984 to 1999. It was originally a talk show (with some sketch comedy) hosted by Ross Shaffer. In it's sixth season, John Keister become the host and the show was revamped as a sketch comedy series and kept that format until it's cancellation in 1999. A re-packaged version of the show also aired on Comedy Central from 1992 to 1993, and episodes aired on WGRZ-TV in the late 1990s. The show was broadcast on Saturday nights at 11:30, pushing Saturday Night Live back to midnight. The show still airs in reruns on both KING-TV and KONG-TV (KING-TV's sister station) following Saturday Night Live. Follow up series are "The John Report with Bob" (2001) (KIRO-TV) and "The 206" (2013) (KING-TV).
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  • Rating: 8.6

    The Carol Burnett Show - 1961

    A variety / sketch comedy show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, 1967 to March 29, 1978 for 278 episodes, and originated from CBS Television City's Studio 33 (known today as the Bob Barker Studio). The series won 25 prime time Emmy Awards, and in 2007 was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All Time."
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  • Rating: 10.0

    Carol Burnett and Friends - 1962

    Carol Burnett and Friends was a syndicated, truncated version of The Carol Burnett Show, showing only the sketches.The show star's Carol Burnett and co-star's Tim Conway and Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett's related shows: The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett and Company The Carol Burnett Show (1991) Carol & Company
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  • Rating: 0.0

    Carol Burnett & Company - 1979

    A brief 4-episode summer comedy-variety series which brought back some cast members of Burnett's previous series a year after it went off the air, in a similar format but on a different network. There were no plans to do more episodes, only the 4 that aired.
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  • Rating: 8.9

    Chappelle's Show - 2003

    "Chappelle's Show" takes comedian Dave Chappelle's own personal joke book and brings it to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces, and pop culture parodies introduced by Dave in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience. Chappelle's unique point-of-view on the world provides a hilarious, defiant and sometimes dangerous look at American culture, including music, movies, television, advertising, current events, and everyday life situations.
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  • Rating: 8.3

    Key & Peele - 2012

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele examine life in a provocative and irreverent way through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments.
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  • Rating: 9.3

    Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - 2007

    From Tim and Eric, the creators of Adult Swim's 'Tom Goes To The Mayor', comes a bizarre comedy, which consists of sketches, fake commercials, prank phone calls, etc. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, features many guest stars, in addition to it's numerous appearances by the show's creators Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. It is mostly live-action, which is very unusual for a channel called "Cartoon Network". The unusual humor should appeal to viewers of the rest of the Adult Swim block that airs on the Cartoon Network.
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  • Rating: 10.0

    The Dana Carvey Show - 1996

    The former SNL cast member (along with Robert Smigel) is the host and star of this sketch comedy series. Each week, the show would be sponsered by a different soda, usually Pepsi or Mug Root Beer. The show, however, was doomed by a sketch in the first episode depicting President Clinton breast-feeding puppies. Broadcast History: March-April 1996 Tuesday 9:30-10:00 (8:30 Central)
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  • Rating: 7.7

    Kroll Show - 2013

    From the unique mind of Nick Kroll comes a new sketch series, Kroll Show, satirizing our television obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. Kroll has built a loyal following through his stand-up and roles on shows such as Community, Childrens Hospital and Parks and Rec. His scene-stealing turn on the FX comedy The League playing sardonic dry-witted lawyer, Rodney Ruxin proved to be his most popular role to date. On Kroll Show, fans will get the opportunity to watch Nick transform himself into characters as varied as stand-up favorites Bobby Bottleservice and Fabrice Fabrice to half of the power team of "The PubLIZity Girls," with Jenny Slate. More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show, is about giving Nick’s fans a chance to see his of-the-moment take on pop culture, sports news, nightclub culture and what defines celebrity with characters and storylines that recur throughout the season. Kroll Show" is executive produced and written by Kroll, John Levenstein (Arrested Development) and Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia, Tim and Eric), who is also directing. The show features a wide-range of guest stars, including Fred Armisen, Hannibal Buress, Andy Daly, Jon Daly, Ed Helms, Rob Huebel, John Mulaney and Chelsea Peretti.
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  • Rating: 6.0

    Hee Haw - 1969

    Hee Haw was a long-running television variety show hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark and featuring country music and humor with rural "Kornfield Kounty" as a backdrop. It was taped at WLAC-TV (now WTVF) and Opryland USA in Nashville. The show's name was derived from the sound a donkey makes when it brays.
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  • Rating: 9.3

    Mr. Show - 1995

    Mr. Show was the insanely funny, critically loved but HBO-loathed sketch comedy that ran on the channel for 4 years from 1995-1998. The show was created, executive produced, written and starred comics/writers Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. The show also starred Tom Kenny, Jill Talley and John Ennis. Featured performers/writers included Paul F. Tompkins, Jerry Minor, B.J. Porter, Scott Aukerman, Brian Posehn, and Jay Johnston. Featured performers included Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Brett Paesal, and Sarah Silverman. The show has spawned a movie based on popular character Ronnie Dobbs in Run Ronnie Run. Bob's wife, Naomi Odenkirk, has compiled everything you could ever want to know about the show in her wonderful book, Mr. Show: What Happened.
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  • Rating: 8.9

    The Muppet Show - 1968

    The Muppet Show is a British-American television program produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and featuring Muppets. After two pilot episodes were produced in 1974 and 1975, the show premiered on September 5, 1976, and five series were produced until March 15, 1981, lasting 120 episodes. The program shows a vaudeville- or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show, as well as glimpses behind the scenes of such a show. Kermit the Frog stars as a showrunner who tries to keep control of the antics of the other Muppet characters (and his temper), as well as keep the guest stars happy. The show was known for outrageous physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist comedy, and humorous parodies. Each episode also featured a human guest star. As the show's popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.
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  • Rating: 0.0

    Out of Control - 1984

    Comedian Dave Coulier stars as the even-keeled host Dave, along with party girl Diz Aster, clueless reporter Angela "Scoop" Quickly, caustic newshawk Hern Burford, and Waldo, the bespectacled mad inventor presenting a number of sketches aimed at kids.
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  • Rating: 8.5

    You Can't Do That on Television - 1979

    This was a sketch comedy show for young adults that was very popular in the 1980s. It started in 1979 as a (partially) live, local show in Ottawa, Canada, with comedy, music videos (or musical guests), and local, phone-in contests. After two seasons (the latter of which was later edited into the new format when shown nationally and internationally), the show's format changed to a half hour sketch comedy. It retained this format for the rest of its 11 year run. This show had a huge impact. It was picked up in 1981 by the fledgeling US network Nickelodeon, which had only gone national a year earlier. This was the network's first big show and made the network what it is today. YCDTOTV became one of the most popular kids shows of the decade and featured a rotating cast of very talented actors and actresses. It was a very funny program that featured alot of humor that was not only aimed at kids, but at adults as well. The show gave us many great catch phrases, and memorable characters as B
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  • Rating: 8.1

    Portlandia - 2011

    Sketch comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, based on the oddball characters and settings of Portland, Oregon.
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  • Rating: 9.5

    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - 1967

    Comedy duo Dan Rowan and Dick Martin host this fast-moving comedy series. Characters include Lily Tomlin's Ernestine the Operator, Arte Johnson's German soldier who finds everything "verrrrrry interesting" and Ruth Buzzi's feisty little old lady. Recurring sketches include Laugh-In Looks at the News and The Mod, Mod World.
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  • Rating: 9.2

    The Whitest Kids U Know - 2007

    Coming from across the US to New York City -- some to study, others to start their entertainment careers in earnest -- the Kids would eventually meet each other and realize they all shared a dream-to become the sketch comedy players of their generation. Together, they began to create sketch comedy that pushed the envelope right off the table, first on the stage of Pianos in NYC's Lower East Side, and now on ifc.com and on the Channel. With such YouTube instant classics as "Slow Jerkin" and "Hitler Rap", the Whitest Kids U'Know are doing things that other sketch comedy shows, like Saturday Night Live and MadTV, can't even imagine doing. In other words, the Kids think that both the SNL crew and the MadTV guys are about as funny as finding a new mole on your chest after a summer spent life guarding. In short, those other shows are punk-ass and weak
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  • Rating: 7.0

    Your Show of Shows - 1950

    Welcome to the Your Show of Shows guide at TV Tome. First Telecast:February 25, 1950 Last Telecast:June 5, 1954 153 Total Episodes (Black + White) Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca starred on this influental variety program. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or better) # 4 in the 1950-1951 Season # 8 in the 1951-1952 Season # 19 in the 1952-1953 Season Broadcast History on NBC Feb. 1950-June 1954...Sat. 9-10:30 PM
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  • Rating: 7.0

    The Red Skelton Show - 1951

    Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.
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  • Rating: 8.2

    Robot Chicken - 2001

    A series of pop-culture parodies using stop-motion animation of toys, action figures and dolls. The title character was an ordinary chicken until he was run down by a car and subsequently brought back to life in cyborg form by mad scientist Fritz Huhnmorder, who tortures Robot Chicken by forcing him to watch a random selection of TV shows, the sketches that make up the body of each episode.
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  • Rating: 8.0

    The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - 1967

    The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was an American comedy and variety show television series hosted by the Smothers Brothers and initially airing on CBS from 1967 to 1969. The series was a major success, especially considering it was scheduled against the major NBC television series, Bonanza, with content that appealed to contemporary youth viewership with daring political satire humor and major music acts like Buffalo Springfield, Pete Seeger and The Who. But continual conflicts with network executives over content led to the show being abruptly pulled from the schedule in 1969.
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  • Rating: 8.2

    Tracey Ullman's Show - 2016

    Tracey Ullman returns to British screens with her unique take on some of the extraordinary characters who live in, or are visiting, the global hub that is the UK.
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  • Rating: 8.0

    Tracey Takes On... - 1993

    Tracey Takes On... is an HBO sketch comedy series starring comedienne Tracey Ullman.
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