Sketch Shows

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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: 61,291

2. 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: 39,669

3. 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: 1,896

4. You Can't Do That on Television (1979–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy

Sketch TV by young amateur actors in true classic Nick-style. But whatever you do, never admit that you don't know or ask for water.

Stars: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard, Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy

Votes: 1,701

5. Out of Control (1984–1985)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Dave and his friends host this zany sketch comedy variety show for kids.

Stars: Dave Coulier, Diz McNally, Marty Schiff, David Stenstrom

Votes: 114

6. A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton, Geoffrey McGivern

Votes: 8,515

7. 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: 8,043

8. The Ben Stiller Show (1990– )

30 min | Comedy

A weekly behind the scenes look at the world of TV comedy in which host Stiller was constantly getting grief from co-writer Kahn and other cast members. Aired on MTV in 1990.

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jeff Kahn, Harry O'Reilly, Edward M. Capuano

Votes: 101

9. In Living Color (1990–1994)

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: 8,849

10. 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: 1,515

11. You Wrote It, You Watch It (1992– )

Comedy

A very short-lived sketch comedy show which aired on MTV and was hosted by Jon Stewart.

Stars: Joe Finfera, Jon Stewart, Micki Barnett, Mike Grief

Votes: 32

12. 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: 2,288

13. 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: 6,311

14. Exit 57 (1995–1996)

23 min | Comedy

30 minute sketch comedy featuring Stephen Colbert that aired on Comedy Central in 1995.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Jodi Lennon, Mitch Rouse

Votes: 158

15. 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: 9,139

16. 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: 8,242

17. Viva Variety (1997–1999)

22 min | Comedy

Pseudo-European variety show with all the trimmings. Mr. and (the former) Mrs. Laupin and their dimwitted more-American-than-American sidekick Johnny Blue-jeans team up to bring their "... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney, Michael Ian Black, Betsy Chang

Votes: 287

18. Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000)

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: 2,048

19. The Amanda Show (1999–2002)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A comedy sketch show centered around "All That" alum Amanda Bynes.

Stars: Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Nancy Sullivan, John Kassir

Votes: 6,868

20. 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: 20,009

21. Man Stroke Woman (2005–2007)

30 min | Comedy

British comedy sketch show by 6 well known comedy actors/actresses

Stars: Amanda Abbington, Ben Crompton, Daisy Haggard, Meredith MacNeill

Votes: 719

22. Robot Chicken (2005– )

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Pop culture references fly thick and fast as stop-motion animation is featured in sketches lampooning everything from television movies to comic books.

Stars: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Tom Root

Votes: 37,781

23. Wild 'N Out (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

Watch as Nick Cannon and a new A-list celebrity lead a team of improv comedians each week as they compete against each other in the new show: Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out.

Stars: Nick Cannon, DJ D-Wrek, Chico Bean, Emmanuel Hudson

Votes: 1,780

24. Human Giant (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy

A half-hour show of edgy short films.

Stars: Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Marcus Shultz

Votes: 2,495

25. Little Britain USA (2008)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

The characters of the original 'Little Britain' and some new characters feature in this comedic exploration of the modern American society from, and starring, British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

Stars: Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker, Brett Gentile

Votes: 5,663

26. Important Things with Demetri Martin (2009–2010)

Comedy

Comedian Demetri Martin's television show, which alternates between stand-up comedy and taped skits.

Stars: Demetri Martin, H. Jon Benjamin, Barry Carl, Joe Furey

Votes: 3,263

27. Just for Laughs (2009– )

45 min | Comedy

Gags and prank to normal people 'just for laughs'.

Stars: Debra DiGiovanni, Lezlie Robinson, Danny Bhoy, Jim Gaffigan

Votes: 280

28. Pretend Time (2010– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Sketch comedy show starring Nick Swardson.

Stars: Nick Swardson, John Cramer, Deirdre Wall, Julia Lea Wolov

Votes: 793

30. Portlandia (2011–2018)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

A sketch-comedy series that parodies life in Portland, Oregon.

Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Adams

Votes: 16,771

31. Key and Peele (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Project sees Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches.

Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Metta World Peace, Matt Wheeler

Votes: 14,867

32. Loiter Squad (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 11 min | Comedy

Sketch comedy performed by Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, as well as reality-TV segments featuring the group.

Stars: Tyler the Creator, Davon Wilson, Lionel Boyce, Travis 'Taco' Bennett

Votes: 1,884

33. Mash Up (2012– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

T.J. Miller hosts this unique new half-hour stand-up series, complete with stand-up performances from Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Buress, Chris D'Elia, Pete Holmes, and Reggie Watts, sketch comedy and visualizations.

Stars: T.J. Miller, David Angelo, Hannibal Buress, Bryan Callen

Votes: 131

34. The Ben Show with Ben Hoffman (2013– )

Comedy

Follow underground comic Ben Hoffman as he confronts some of life's little problems (taking Ambien, buying a gun, forming a band) with the help of real people on the street, lo-fi sketch comedy and cam chats with his actual Dad.

Stars: Ben Hoffman, Gregg Bernhard, David Burrus, Kyla Dang

Votes: 334

35. Inside Amy Schumer (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Amy Schumer switches from sketches, doing stand up, to interviewing people on the street and people of interest usually following a certain theme.

Stars: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Kyle Dunnigan, Kim Caramele

Votes: 11,131

36. The Birthday Boys (2013– )

30 min | Comedy

A group of guys create sketch comedy.

Stars: Jefferson Dutton, Tim Kalpakis, Mike Hanford, David Ferguson

Votes: 895



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