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What is your favorite comedy sketch of all time?

From Wikipedia:

Sketch comedy comprises a series of short, amusing scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long, performed by a group of comic actors or comedians

When I say comedy sketch, I mean the type of comedy made by Monty Python, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Saturday Night Live, Kids in the Hall, etc. Anxious to hear and see what you like the most! Links are appreciated 😊

33 comments

  1. [2]
    moocow1452
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    I don't know if anything can top the original Who's on First? as far as timing and wordplay goes. There's been some great stuff that's built on it, but the original has aged fantastically.

    I don't know if anything can top the original Who's on First? as far as timing and wordplay goes. There's been some great stuff that's built on it, but the original has aged fantastically.

    9 votes
    1. Eric_the_Cerise
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      Possibly my favorite, too. For being an 80+ year-old skit, yeah, it really is amazing how well it holds up still today. I also just learned that it is based on a history of similar "play-on-words"...

      Possibly my favorite, too. For being an 80+ year-old skit, yeah, it really is amazing how well it holds up still today. I also just learned that it is based on a history of similar "play-on-words" skits, which I now must track down and watch/listen to, to see what other underappreciated gems might be out there.

      2 votes
  2. cloud_loud
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    Chappelle’s Show - Black Bush It’s absolute genius. I remember watching it as a kid for the first time in the mid to late 00s. It’s still just as funny as the first time, every time I watch it....

    Chappelle’s Show - Black Bush

    It’s absolute genius. I remember watching it as a kid for the first time in the mid to late 00s. It’s still just as funny as the first time, every time I watch it.

    SNL’s A Frightening Tale is also one of my favorites. As a film buff who knows people like this (as well as someone that would parrot similar things when I was a teenager) highly relatable.

    Also from SNL, Girl at a Bar fucking hilarious. And very accurate.

    8 votes
  3. [4]
    mycketforvirrad
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    I'm not sure if it's my all time favourite, but I have a soft spot for Big Train. It was a UK sketchshow that ran between 1998–2002 on BBC2. The cast included Simon Pegg, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon...

    I'm not sure if it's my all time favourite, but I have a soft spot for Big Train.

    It was a UK sketchshow that ran between 1998–2002 on BBC2. The cast included Simon Pegg, Mark Heap, Kevin Eldon and Julia Davis.

    This scene involving a train randomly popped into my head on the journey to work yesterday. Always makes me laugh!

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      mat
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      Big Train was criminally under-rated, there were some real gems on that show. I've always been a fan of this statue sketch

      Big Train was criminally under-rated, there were some real gems on that show.

      I've always been a fan of this statue sketch

      2 votes
      1. mycketforvirrad
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        I think you might have set me off on a binge watch. No bad thing, considering the topic!

        I think you might have set me off on a binge watch. No bad thing, considering the topic!

        2 votes
    2. TheRtRevKaiser
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      Wow, I've never heard of this show but it's got some good stuff! Thanks!

      Wow, I've never heard of this show but it's got some good stuff! Thanks!

      1 vote
  4. [4]
    teaearlgraycold
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    Key & Peele - Continental Breakfast Key & Peele - Aerobics Freakout
    7 votes
    1. Adys
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      Aerobics is up there among my favourite K&P sketches as well. Though I think the one that had me laugh the hardest the first time I saw it is the sports team announcements / names.

      Aerobics is up there among my favourite K&P sketches as well. Though I think the one that had me laugh the hardest the first time I saw it is the sports team announcements / names.

      2 votes
    2. [2]
      spit-evil-olive-tips
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      East / West College Bowl is my favorite Key & Peele sketch (in case anyone who's not a handegg fan thinks this is exaggerating, let me introduce you to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Smoke Monday - just...

      East / West College Bowl is my favorite Key & Peele sketch

      (in case anyone who's not a handegg fan thinks this is exaggerating, let me introduce you to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Smoke Monday - just the first two active players that come to mind)

      2 votes
      1. ras
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        There's also Kavosiey Smoke pronounced like Courvoisier who plays football for the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as Lovasea Carroll which rhymes with Courvoisier who plays for the Georgia Bulldogs.

        There's also Kavosiey Smoke pronounced like Courvoisier who plays football for the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as Lovasea Carroll which rhymes with Courvoisier who plays for the Georgia Bulldogs.

        1 vote
  5. [2]
    hamstergeddon
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    Impossible for me to pin down a single favorite, so here are some of my favorites: Monty Python's Funniest Joke In The World Any of the SNL Jeopardy sketches (RIP Norm) MADtv's Kenny Rogers...
    5 votes
    1. JXM
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      I jokingly say "the bones are their money" to my wife all the time and she hates it.

      I jokingly say "the bones are their money" to my wife all the time and she hates it.

      1 vote
  6. [2]
    AnthonyB
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    There are so many to choose from, but the one I find myself bringing up most often is Tim Robinson's Barbie Instagram from his days on SNL (featuring Donald Glover). It's not as well known as the...

    There are so many to choose from, but the one I find myself bringing up most often is Tim Robinson's Barbie Instagram from his days on SNL (featuring Donald Glover). It's not as well known as the classics from shows like SNL, Key and Peele, or even I Think You Should Leave, but I just love how weird and ridiculous it is.

    5 votes
    1. ras
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      Tim Robinson either leaves me in stitches or staring at the TV wondering what the hell I just watched. There's really no in-between for me. This is a good one.

      Tim Robinson either leaves me in stitches or staring at the TV wondering what the hell I just watched. There's really no in-between for me. This is a good one.

      2 votes
  7. corleone
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    My nomination is the phenomenal Are we the Baddies?, by the British duo Mitchell and Webb. It pokes fun at nazis.

    My nomination is the phenomenal Are we the Baddies?, by the British duo Mitchell and Webb. It pokes fun at nazis.

    5 votes
  8. [4]
    Happy_Shredder
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    Clarke and Dawe had so many; "Front Fell Off" is one of my favs

    Clarke and Dawe had so many; "Front Fell Off" is one of my favs

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      corleone
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      That is genius! Was it made in response to a particular incident?

      That is genius! Was it made in response to a particular incident?

      2 votes
      1. Happy_Shredder
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        Yep! Big oil spill in 1991 https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/from-the-archives-1991-oil-spill-brings-catastrophe-20210712-p588zv.html (I'm a bit too young to remember it, but I...

        Yep! Big oil spill in 1991 https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/from-the-archives-1991-oil-spill-brings-catastrophe-20210712-p588zv.html

        (I'm a bit too young to remember it, but I always loved their work, up until Clarke died a few years ago. All their stuff was based on current events)

        3 votes
      2. Algernon_Asimov
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        John Clarke and Bryan Dawe did a weekly spot like this for nearly 30 years. They would take a current event from the week, and write a satirical interview about that event. John Clarke would...

        John Clarke and Bryan Dawe did a weekly spot like this for nearly 30 years. They would take a current event from the week, and write a satirical interview about that event. John Clarke would pretend to be a central person in the event (usually, but not always, a politician) - but he never made any attempt to impersonate that person. He would then say the most ridiculous things with a totally straight face. Brian Dawe would be the honest interviewer, taking Clarke's ridiculousness at face value.

        Some of these interviews are on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPyb1dDiGoZ07j_DKzam4sQ

        The problem is that, for one of these satirical interviews to be funny, you needed to have at least a passing knowledge of the events and people being satirised. But, if you did know the events and people, these interviews were bloody hilarious!

        They were brilliant.

        1 vote
  9. [3]
    JXM
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    There was a sketch show that ran on IFC for a few years called The Birthday Boys. They have a lot of their sketches up on YouTube. It's very much a Mr. Show inspired sketch show and it's easily my...

    There was a sketch show that ran on IFC for a few years called The Birthday Boys. They have a lot of their sketches up on YouTube. It's very much a Mr. Show inspired sketch show and it's easily my favorite sketch comedy show of all time.

    Unfortunately the one I've laughed at the most is "The Cool Machine", which isn't online anywhere (without buying the show) as far as I can see.

    Edit: How could I forget The Gremlins II sketch from Key and Peele?

    4 votes
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      hamstergeddon
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      Oh man I loved that show. Lots of crossover with Comedy Bang! Bang!, which is one of my absolute favorites (podcast and show). I think a few of the Birthday Boys were writers on CBB.

      Oh man I loved that show. Lots of crossover with Comedy Bang! Bang!, which is one of my absolute favorites (podcast and show). I think a few of the Birthday Boys were writers on CBB.

      1 vote
      1. JXM
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        If you weren't aware, Mike Mitchell co-hosts the podcast Doughboys, which is supposed to be the hosts reviewing a restaurant each week but is usually just them goofing off. Some of the other guys...

        If you weren't aware, Mike Mitchell co-hosts the podcast Doughboys, which is supposed to be the hosts reviewing a restaurant each week but is usually just them goofing off.

        Some of the other guys (Jeff Dutton, Tim Kalpakis and Mike Hanford) also have a band called The Sloppy Boys. If you're into...goofy lighthearted comedy rock, then you'll probably like it.

        2 votes
  10. FirstTiger
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    Foil Arms & Hog (or FAH), and their Wordplay series, especially this one: https://youtu.be/k5mIbFQlu7A Puns not be for everyone, I know, but if they are for you, you won't be disappointed!

    Foil Arms & Hog (or FAH), and their Wordplay series, especially this one: https://youtu.be/k5mIbFQlu7A
    Puns not be for everyone, I know, but if they are for you, you won't be disappointed!

    2 votes
  11. corleone
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    Awesome, thanks! I already knew the one by Monty Python, and Aerobics by Key & Peele is phenomenal! I added all the videos to a YouTube playlist in the same order as here. I did this to facilitate...

    Awesome, thanks! I already knew the one by Monty Python, and Aerobics by Key & Peele is phenomenal! I added all the videos to a YouTube playlist in the same order as here.

    I did this to facilitate watching on my television. Maybe others will find it useful.

    I will try to update the playlist if the post receives more entires.

    2 votes
  12. [5]
    Algernon_Asimov
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    I couldn't possibly name a single favourite comedy sketch of all time. However, I've been re-watching 'The Big Gay Sketch Show' recently, and the scenes with Fitzwilliam, the boy who wants a...

    I couldn't possibly name a single favourite comedy sketch of all time.

    However, I've been re-watching 'The Big Gay Sketch Show' recently, and the scenes with Fitzwilliam, the boy who wants a vagina, are among my all-time favourites.

    2 votes
    1. [4]
      corleone
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      Awesome! Do you have a specific YouTube link that you'd like to share so I can add it to the YouTube playlist I created?

      Awesome! Do you have a specific YouTube link that you'd like to share so I can add it to the YouTube playlist I created?

      1. [3]
        Algernon_Asimov
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        I already included a video link in my comment.

        I already included a video link in my comment.

        1. [2]
          corleone
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          I know that, thank you! I just wanted to add a link on the YouTube playlist and it only accepts YouTube (not Vimeo).

          I know that, thank you! I just wanted to add a link on the YouTube playlist and it only accepts YouTube (not Vimeo).

          1 vote
          1. Algernon_Asimov
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            I didn't realise you only wanted YouTube links. Sorry about that. I searched on Google and found Vimeo. You can search and find the YouTube version if that's what you need.

            I didn't realise you only wanted YouTube links. Sorry about that.

            I searched on Google and found Vimeo. You can search and find the YouTube version if that's what you need.