Sketch Comedy TV

by budarc | created - 18 Nov 2015 | updated - 04 Dec 2016 | Public

A companion piece to my Sketch Comedy Movies list: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls057390815/

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1. Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Votes: 63,433

2. Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

Best remembered by its posterior title, Your Show of Shows, this live variety show included comedy sketches with TV pioneers Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 268

3. The Frost Report (1966–1967)

30 min | Comedy

A comedy show written and staring various comedy pioneers including comedians who would go on to form the Two Ronnies and Monty Python.

Stars: David Frost, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, John Cleese

Votes: 59

4. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,384

5. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,390

6. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,197

8. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 40,784

9. SCTV (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of Melonville's TV station put on programming that is unique in its own silly way.

Stars: Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas

Votes: 1,948

10. Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979–1982)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones

Votes: 2,064

11. Fridays (1980–1982)

70 min | Comedy, Music

Live late-night comedy sketch show similar to "Saturday Night Live."

Stars: Jack Burns, Brandis Kemp, Mark Blankfield, Maryedith Burrell

Votes: 428

12. The Tracey Ullman Show (1987–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Tracey Ullman hosts a variety show containing sketches, song-and-dance routines, and The Simpsons.

Stars: Tracey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray, Joseph Malone

Votes: 1,090

13. The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 8,204

14. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988–1998)

36 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A British show in which actors and comedians improvise sketches in various "theatre-sports"-type games, based on audience suggestions. The games might include singing a Hoedown about Tory ... See full summary »

Stars: Clive Anderson, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Richard Vranch

Votes: 5,055

15. In Living Color (1990–2006)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

The Wayans siblings present an African-American focused sketch comedy show.

Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, David Alan Grier

Votes: 9,072

16. The Edge (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

This FOX comedy featured a lethal opening sequence each week, followed by several short, humorous skits and parodies of television commercials. Several of the players from this short-lived ... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Edd Hall, Julie Brown, Tom Kenny

Votes: 219

17. The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1995)

306 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 1,583

18. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992– )

Comedy, News, Talk-Show

This skit-filled Canadian comedy show pokes fun at the Canadian government and other national happenings.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford

Votes: 787

19. The State (1993–2009)

30 min | Comedy

Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.

Stars: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek

Votes: 2,342

20. The Tom Green Show (2002)

Comedy, Talk-Show

A comedy show featuring tom green with random sketches

Stars: Tom Green, Glenn Humplik, Derek Harvie, Phil Giroux

Votes: 806

21. All That (1994–2016)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A zany sketch comedy featuring many wacky characters hosted for kids and by kids.

Stars: Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kenan Thompson, Soup

Votes: 6,482

22. The Day Today (1994– )

30 min | Comedy

A spoof of the British style of news broadcasting - including ridiculous stories, patronising vox pops, offensively hard-hitting research and a sports presenter clearly struggling for metaphors.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber, Rebecca Front

Votes: 4,531

23. MADtv (1995–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Reality-TV, Talk-Show

A sketch comedy show based on the seminal Mad Magazine.

Stars: Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears, Bobby Lee

Votes: 9,361

24. Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995–1998)

TV-MA | 27 min | Comedy

This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis, Jay Johnston

Votes: 8,391

25. The Dana Carvey Show (1996– )

30 min | Comedy

Riffs on pop culture, politics and even the show's own sponsors.

Stars: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert

Votes: 921

26. Brass Eye (1997–2001)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy

Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon, Doon Mackichan

Votes: 9,087

27. Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh

Votes: 2,091

28. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998–2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

Improvisational comedy competition show in which four members of the regular cast as comedians and often with guest appearances with other comedians and celebrities and members of the audience perform various comic games and sketches.

Stars: Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Laura Hall

Votes: 38,601

29. Big Train (1998–2002)

30 min | Comedy

A British sketch comedy show where people in ordinary situations suddenly find themselves in absurd situations.

Stars: Kevin Eldon, Mark Heap, Simon Pegg, Julia Davis

Votes: 3,465

31. Unnatural Acts (1998– )

Comedy

British Comedy Sketch Show

Stars: Julian Barratt, Seán Cullen, Rich Easter, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 105

32. Jam (2000)

24 min | Comedy

A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.

Stars: Christopher Morris, Amelia Bullmore, David Cann, Julia Davis

Votes: 2,106

33. Da Ali G Show (2000–2004)

30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington, T.N.T. Crew, Charles Dicagno

Votes: 8,152

35. The Sketch Show (2001–2003)

30 min | Comedy

Sketch comedy series featuring a range of different humour styles.

Stars: Lee Mack, Jim Tavaré, Karen Taylor, Tim Vine

Votes: 481

36. Bo' Selecta! (2002–2004)

30 min | Comedy

Comedy involving celebrity stalker Avid Merrion, and a whole host of "celebrities".

Stars: Leigh Francis, Patsy Kensit, Karen Hayley, Craig Phillips

Votes: 1,357

37. Crank Yankers (2002–2019)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

A show with real 'crank' phone calls to real victims. Puppets are added as the 'actors' to give visual support to what is happening in the phone calls.

Stars: Paul McGinnis, Artie Esposito, Victor Yerrid, BJ Guyer

Votes: 2,679

38. Da Ali G Show (2003–2004)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Ali G, a rapper-wannabe from Staines. Ali G has his own TV show, where he interviews people on serious subjects. They're not aware that Ali G is just a... See full summary »

Votes: 12,704

39. Little Britain (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Paul Putner

Votes: 20,650

40. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 19,569

41. Chappelle's Show (2003–2006)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Music

Comedian Dave Chappelle hosts this sketch-comedy show that parodies many of the nuances of race and culture.

Stars: Dave Chappelle, Donnell Rawlings, Rudy Rush, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 49,704

42. Green Screen Show (2004– )

30 min | Comedy

A team of comedic improvisers (mostly "Whose Line" alums) headed by Drew Carey perform on a green screen set, and their antics are now fleshed out with amusing animation.

Stars: Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood, Greg Proops

Votes: 247

43. Wonder Showzen (2005–2006)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares.

Stars: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, Evan Seligman

Votes: 3,891

44. Snuff Box (2006– )

30 min | Comedy

Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.

Stars: Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Terry Wade, Alan Ford

Votes: 2,594

45. The Big Gay Sketch Show (2006–2010)

Comedy

A sketch-comedy series featuring a cast of up-and-coming comics performing live skits, musical numbers and political satire.

Stars: Nicol Paone, Julie Goldman, Stephen Guarino, Jonny McGovern

Votes: 392

46. The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007–2011)

TV-MA | 15 min | Comedy

A sketch comedy show involving five friends.

Stars: Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter

Votes: 4,495

47. Human Giant (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy

8.2