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  1. Stephanie
    Stephanie at |

    Have to add “The State.” One of the funniest skits of all time (for me) was the foot race between a man and his young son…genius!!

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  2. Jezza
    Jezza at |

    Cough* cough* Key&Peele cough* cough* the only thing worth watching on foxtel.

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  3. Mike
    Mike at |

    Where is UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE ?

    The last great class of comedy students from the late Del Close: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh.

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  4. Paul
    Paul at |

    Good list but, no mention of The Fast Show !!!

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  5. Griffin
    Griffin at |

    WHITEST KIDS U KNOW IS THE BEST SKETCH SHOW EVER

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  6. canadaeh
    canadaeh at |

    In Living Colour and Benny Hill should be on the list

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  7. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    “In Living Color”. The Wayman family and also where Jim Carrey got his start. Lets see, the skits : “Men On Film” (Damon Wayans and David Allan Grier as “Blaine” and Antoine”, the 2 ultra gay movie reviewers), “Fire Marshall Bill” (Jim Carrey as a Fire Marshall impervious to pain), “Homey The Clown” (Damon Wayans as a clown who doesn’t like children and knock them on their head with a stuffed sock) and lets not foget the “Fly Girls” who danced before commercial breaks. I believe that Jennifer Lopez got her start as well being a Fly Girl. I also would like to make an addition and that’s MAD-TV. I always looked forward to cast member Will Sasso doing his take on Stephen Seagal, because quite frankly, I can’t stand Stephen Seagal. The one skit where he was dressed in a Karate outfit and they had to do take over take over take because Will was always tripping down or fall off a wall. My eyes almost bugged out from laughing so hard and also cast member Pat Kilbane who did the most dead-on, precise, and perfect impersonation of Howard Stern that I at a couple of times thought it was actually Howard himself.

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  8. Joe
    Joe at |

    Tim and Eric don’t belong on a list of best anything. It’s the worst show… nay… worst popular entertainment ever created. Quite an accomplishment.

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  9. mattyoungblood
    mattyoungblood at |

    what about wkuk(whites kids you know) they are preferably better and should be placed 2

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  10. malei
    malei at |

    sctv is where snl came from. the creator of snl is canadian and when he made snl he brought a whole bunch of his buddies from canada down to be on the show, martin short, mike myers, jim carrey, john candy and dan ackroyd amoung others

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  11. Bill Baldwin, Jr.
    Bill Baldwin, Jr. at |

    Any listing of Top Ten anythings is always going to leave out worthy entries, excluding the Ten Most Overdone Michael Bolton R&B Covers that is, , but TV Sketch Comedy truly began on live TV in the early 1950’s on YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS starring Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris and Imogene Coca…..From 1950 to 1954 it was almost always terrific. Here’s one example, a take off on the then famous show “This is Your Life” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNbT9Lf9xZo

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  12. Charlie
    Charlie at |

    The Brits have it! Just as The Beatles will always be #1 so too Monty Python. I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl, I would not have missed it for the world! If you know all of their work, you can appreciate how so much of today’s comedy borrows, or outright steals, from them.

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  13. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    How about Laugh-In, Second City TV, The Flip Wilson Show, The Smothers Brothers Show, Sid Caesar’s “Your Show Of Shows, The Ernie Kovacs Show

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  14. will
    will at |

    2 things. in living color should be top 3 and SNL is easily the best schech show

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  15. Garrett
    Garrett at |

    Anybody remember the Burnett sketch, “Went with the Wind.” It was a parody of “Gone with the Wind,” with Burnett as “Starlet.”

    She tore down the curtains, just as Scarlett O’Hara did to make the dress, but this one included the curtain rod across the shoulders.

    Sheer genius.

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Yes, I remember watching that. She was asked how she found it. She replied, “I just sawing it hanging in the window.” Or something close to that.

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    2. Tanya Bennett
      Tanya Bennett at |

      That’s my favorite skit from the Carol Burnett show! So funny – I added it to our YouTube playlist for this list in case anyone wants to watch it.

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    3. Peter Boucher
      Peter Boucher at |

      The “Went With The Wind” sketch holds the record for the longest sustained laughter from the audience in Television history !!!

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  16. Ragde
    Ragde at |

    Monty Python Forever!!

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  17. Bigredd
    Bigredd at |

    WKUK
    MadTV
    In Living Color
    Chris Rock (If Dave Chappelle is a sketch show, then so is Rock)
    All better than “The Show”…

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    1. gotofokoy
      gotofokoy at |

      Dave Chappelle had a sketch show. Chris Rock never did. Look up the Chappelle show.

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  18. Aidan
    Aidan at |

    TWO RONNIES – four candles….

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  19. jojo
    jojo at |

    what about the state? in living color? A Bit of Fry and Laurie, mr show, tim and eric…yeah right..not on top 10…this guy really loves him so odenkerk.

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  20. Dirtydblfjc
    Dirtydblfjc at |

    I love Tim and Eric and I’m not sure why. The Chrimbus special was morally reprehensible and awesome. You missed the bus by not including The State. ” Im gonna dip my balls in it ” is classic. A lot of careers were launched from that show. In Living Color definatley should have been here as well. If you guys want a good laugh check out Childrens Hospital.

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  21. thisisaname
    thisisaname at |

    monty python is the best. it earned it#1

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  22. ParusMajor
    ParusMajor at |

    Brilliant list! I had seen Monty Python, the Samurai Chef and Fry and Laurie before, I loved to re-watch them, and the ones I hadn’t seen were funny as well. As hell. Funny as hell, as well.. 🙂
    I do prefer sketch comedy shows to sitcoms any day of the week, with a few exceptions (Fawlty Towers, All in the Family). I hate Friends, Seinfeld and Sex and the City, for example. I can’t understand why anyone would watch those shows voluntarily.

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  23. Matt
    Matt at |

    great but missing In Living Color and WKUK.

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  24. andy
    andy at |

    I can see a lot of english people getting upset at this list… the whole list couldhave been english apart from saturday night live…two ronnies, alas smith and jones, hancocks half hour, morcambe and wise, little britain, the fast show, spitting image, not the 9 o’clock news which launched the career of loads of comedians including Rowan Atkinson. then theres the benny hill show, the goodies, reeves and mortimer, the week that was, kenny everett, hale and pace!!!!…. the list goes on……>>!!!!

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  25. I'm an individual
    I'm an individual at |

    Give this australian classic a go: The Micallef Program. Absolute genius and hilarity. You’ll have to youtube it.

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    1. James Faust
      James Faust at |

      @ I’m an Individual: Spot on! The Micallef Pogram rules! This sketch still makes me laugh. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_td1X_c5Gg

      Also another obscure one (for those that don’t know) is Big Train. Sean Pegg and few others, including “Brian” from Spaced. It’s off the wall like and probably has some of the best skits I’ve ever seen.

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  26. Meh
    Meh at |

    There is no way in hell Tim and Eric’s lame show is better than Chapelle’s show.

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  27. david
    david at |

    What has no one here seen The State?

    200 Lbs. Of Pudding!

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  28. Brady B
    Brady B at |

    For a couple of years now there has been a HILARIUs sketch show on IFC called whitest kids you know…should really check it out

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  29. Randy
    Randy at |

    In Living Color was fantastic. Had some great sketches.

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  30. Kalowg
    Kalowg at |

    I agree. In Living Color should be on this list. Dropped the ball there.

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  31. Jason
    Jason at |

    WTF??

    IN LIVING COLOR should be in the top 3.

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  32. darkknight9761
    darkknight9761 at |

    I loved this list! It brings back so many memories. I am not at all surprised, and very pleased, to see Monty Python made number one, it always my favorite. You nailed it on this list! I think I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite lists to date, without a doubt! I posted it on Face Book. Thanks guys.

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  33. D.Sharp
    D.Sharp at |

    In Living Color?

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    1. buttfart
      buttfart at |

      really suprised THAT didnt make it

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  34. Charles
    Charles at |

    Ben Stiller and Dana Carvey had brilliant sketch shows…canceled way too soon. Burns and Schreiver was a pretty decent sketch show, as well (just a summer run). Sometimes it seems as if a really excellent sketch program is doomed to be canceled just because it makes the networks’ other programming look like what is left at the bottom of a discarded cat food container…

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  35. john
    john at |

    I don’t know any of those 🙁

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    1. buttfart
      buttfart at |

      really…. did u think any were funny?? i didn think numb 1 was gon be good but it landed i thought MadTv was better than some of these n was surprised it didnt make the like or even honorable mention

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