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    Posted: 29/April/2015 at 17:29
Been talking with some friends about which show had the best characters, In Living Color, Mad TV, or Saturday Night Live, and it got me wondering also about who were some of the best characters in sketch comedy?

Now, here in the US, it really only comes down to SNL, ILC, and Mad TV, nothing else even begins to compare. But I'd be naïve to believe that in other countries there aren't also some great sketch comedy series that can hold their own and have characters that likewise hold their own. Not only that, but ILC and Mad TV are long gone, and SNL has been crap since the end of the 90's, so it would seem that at least somewhere there are at least a few good sketch comedy variety shows out there with characters to match.
 
I'm wondering if some of you guys know/watch any such shows, and could post a few youtube videos highlighting some of the best characters from those shows?

Also, I have to ask just to be sure, In Living Color and Mad TV were so big here for a while, but ultimately didn't last all that long when you compare it to Saturday Night Live. Did these shows make it overseas and did you get to see either of them?
 
In Living Color (1990-1994)
 
Jim Carrey as Vera De Milo
 
Jim Carrey as Fire Marshall Bill
 
Damon Wayons as Oswald Bates
 
Damon Wayons as Homey D. Clown


Damon Wayons as Anton Jackson
 
Jamie Foxx as Wanda Wayne


Damon Wayons as Blaine Edwards and David Alan Grier as Antione Merriweather
 
Mad TV (1995-2009)
 
Michael McDonald as Stuart
 
Alex Borstein as Ms. Swan
 
Saturday Night Live (1975 - )
 
Sadly SNL protects their sketches like WMB protects their music, that is to say they won't post any of their good stuff, only the shit from today's crappy product.
 
But I did find this, which is a good start at some of the best recurring characters they ever had.
 
 
Church Lady and Matt Foley were by far my favorites.


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I don't get what you're asking. Do you want to know some good UK comedy characters from British comedies?

We don't have Saturday Night Live style shows here. We have talk shows and other shows like Saturday Night Takeaway that Ant and Dec are having Neil Patrick Harris do the American version, but they aren't shows where celebrities dress up and act.

Go to You Tube and watch the Four Candles sketch that the Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett (still alive) and Ronnie Barker (RIP) did. It's regularly seen as the funiest comedy sketch UK wise ever.
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My bad, I updated my original post to show you a bit of what I'm talking about. I'll be hitting up Mad TV and SNL as well.
 
I'm wondering what kind of popular recurring characters on sketch comedy shows you guys like. I'm particularly interested in shows that aren't shown in the US.
 
SNL used to make movies of nearly all their best recurring characters like Wayne and Garth, The Coneheads, Blues Brothers, etc.
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

My bad, I updated my original post to show you a bit of what I'm talking about. I'll be hitting up Mad TV and SNL as well.
 
I'm wondering what kind of popular recurring characters on sketch comedy shows you guys like. I'm particularly interested in shows that aren't shown in the US.
 
SNL used to make movies of nearly all their best recurring characters like Wayne and Garth, The Coneheads, Blues Brothers, etc.


You don't have to slow down the thread with so many embedded videos LOL Could just post the links so they can be viewed one at a time. We don't have those kind of shows here. Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise were two good double acts but their heyday was the 70s and 80s and out of the four only Ronnie Corbett is still alive (Ronnie Barker, Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise all gone). Leigh Francis has been around here for about 15 years or so now. He started with a comedy show called Bo Selecta where he took off alot of different characters such as Avid Merrion. Plenty of celebrities liked being on it to be taken the piss out of and you'd probably recognise a couple. One skit he'd be a Bear that gets read to a dirty story by a celebrity.

Nowadays Leigh Francis is famous for Keith Lemon that's on Celebrity Juice, Through The Keyhole, Lemon Aid, Keith Lemon's Sketch Show and he even did a movie with the unspiring title Keith Lemon The Movie. In alot of his shows he has some of his big American mates in like David Hasslehoff and Verne Troyer.

Harry Enfield back in the day was good playing a teenager called Kevin. I doubt his movie Kevin And Perry Go Large did much stateside though.
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as far as I know, SNL did have a limited run when Sky first started back in the late 80s, but I don't recall either of the other 2 ever being aired here.
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Rico i thought you were old. Dont get me wrong, In Living Color, Madtv, and SNL, are great, but nothing else comes close? Carol Burnett Show?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY


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Carol Burnet show is before my time, as is Laugh In.

I am a little surprised and quite disappointed there is nothing like those shows in the UK. To be fair, I thought Laugh In originated from the UK, but apparently it was only rebroadcast there a few months after it's original airing in the US.

Going off my erroneous assumption that Laugh In started in the UK, I figured that style of show would have been kept alive there too and evolved it's own popular shows in later more contemporary generations.

Some of my favorite comedy acts ever were 4 to 8 minute skits of Chris Farley as Matt Foley, Homey D Clown, and Mr. Peepers, especially the episode with The Rock as Mr. Peepers' full grown dad. The Rock, the night before wm31 was on SNL again as a host, and did a skit where he played the live action version of Disney's Bambi and it was fuckin great.


Laugh In and the Carol Burnet Show were good too, but as they were so old it was too hard for me to get into, especially since they were only in syndication when I was a little kid.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote LennyComa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/April/2015 at 14:19
The Fast Show, Two Ronnies, Harry Enfield,  Goodness Gracious Me, Drop the Dead Donkey and we even had an animated one called 2DTV
Y'know what?....It's really fucking hot here in Africa. Who knew?....Well me, I have been doing this for almost 5 years
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Are there any clips of your favorite skits you can share Lenny?
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Completely leaving out The Chappelle Show. Absolute gold. Really sucks he left that show at the height of its popularity.

Key and Peels is also quite funny, even if they tend to repeat gags and sketch ideas every once in a while.
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