The Ten Greatest Sketch Comedy Shows
Submitted by podizz on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 17:51
- Saturday Night Live: Notable Sketches: Celebrity Jeopardy, Wayne's World, The Coneheads.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus- British super troupe comprised one of the most influential comedy forces of all time. Spawned such film classics as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaing of Life, and Life of Brian. Notable Sketches: Dead Parrot, Ministry of Silly Walks, and The Spanish Inquisition.
- Chappelle's Show- Notable Sketches: When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong, The Black White Supremacist, and Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories.
- In Living Color-Introduced former "Fly Girl" Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Perez, then token white guy "James" Carrey. Can see the heavy influence on Chappelle's show, which likewise featured weekly hip hop artists and a general focus on black culture and societal outlook, including reprising the reocurring sketch Moments in Black History. Notable for the memorable sketches Homey the Clown ("Homey don't play that") and Fire Marshall Bill. In 1990, joined television institutions David Letterman, Johnny Carson, and SNL in picking up the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Musical or Comedy Series.
- The Carol Burnett Show Skit "The Family" spun off into its own television show. Notable for sketches "Went with the wind" (a Gone With The Wind spoof), "The Old Man" and "As the Stomach Turns" (a parody of "As The World Turns). Like SNL, appearing on the Carol Burnett Show was a rite of passage for celebrities of its day, including Bing Crosby, Merv Griffith, Liza Minnelli, Leonard Nemoy, George Carlin, Jerry Lewis, and even Ronald Reagan.
- Rowan and Martins Laugh In- Notable sketches: The Farkel Family, "The Mod, Mod World" and "Sock it to Me". "Laugh-In Looks at the News" was a precurser to SNL's Weekend Update. Lorne Michaels was in fact a writer for Laugh In. Responsible for the immoralized catchphrases "Now I'll drink to that,"
- Kids in the Hall: Notable sketches: Buddy Cole, The Chicken Lady, and 30 Helens Agree. Troupe went on the perform their sketches in national tours.
- Mr. Show-Fully taking advantage of its HBO freedoms, it pushed the boundaries of acceptabily, mocking religion, mental disorders, racism, and suicide. Unique in that each sketch ingeniously segwayed into one another, creating a seemless half hour of comedy in a way that other sketch shows never approximated. Niche audience
- The Upright Citizens Brigade
- The Man Show