Television Sketch Comedy

by mike_sean | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 01 Jan 2015 | Public

A brief history of sketches, skits and bits on the small screen.

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1. 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

2. 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: 14,888

3. 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: 16,785

7. Double Take (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

A skit show parodying famous people and television shows; with longer sketches. Each show would include many skits with longer sketches broken up into segments.

Stars: Paul McCarthy, Mandy Bishop, Darren Weller, Helen Dallimore

Votes: 34

8. Funny or Die Presents... (2010– )

Comedy

A series of comedy sketches brought to you by the people at Funny or Die.

Stars: Steve Tom, Rob Huebel, Christine Scott Bennett, Callie Cameron

Votes: 1,059

9. Horne & Corden (2009)

Comedy

Horne and cordon is a TVs series including short comedy sketches

Stars: James Corden, Mathew Horne, Mathew Baynton, Nick Mohammed

Votes: 553

10. No Signal (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

Satirical Sketch Show That Lampoons All Aspects Of Television Including Channels, Adverts And Programming

Stars: Stefan Ashton Frank, Andrew Brooke, Peter Dickson, Joel Fry

Votes: 22

11. The Kevin Bishop Show (2008– )

Comedy

A Sketch Show Thats In The Form Of Surfing Though TV Channels

Stars: Kevin Bishop, Karen Gillan, Jim Howick, Sam Hazeldine

Votes: 365

12. The Wrong Door (2008– )

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Comedy sketch show set in a surreal parallel universe where film and TV special effects are part of everyday life. In this world, superheroes, wizards and dinosaurs are commonplace in the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Reed, Neil Fox, Simon Greenall, Pippa Haywood

Votes: 258

13. The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007– )

Comedy

British comedy sketch show starring Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller.

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, Jim Howick, Katherine Jakeways

Votes: 701

15. 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

16. Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz (2007– )

Comedy

Nick Cannon and a troupe of actors perform a series of brief topical sketches, impersonations and parodies.

Stars: Nick Cannon, Affion Crockett, Mikey Day, Taran Killam

Votes: 145

18. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007–2017)

TV-14 | 11 min | Comedy, Music

Two comedians, average nobodies, and celebrity guest stars perform bizarre low-budget comedy sketches.

Stars: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Bob Odenkirk, John C. Reilly

Votes: 10,029

19. 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: 4,419

20. 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: 389

21. That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2010)

720 min | Comedy

A comedy sketch show featuring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman, Mark Evans

Votes: 7,658

23. 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: 720

24. Mind of Mencia (2005– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Carlos Mencia is speaking his mind and taking no prisoners. Enter the Mind of Mencia and get ready for a merciless mix of up close stand-up, unconventional street interviews, and shocking commercial parodies.

Stars: Carlos Mencia, Brad Williams, Joseph Mencia, Norma Michaels

Votes: 4,171

27. Blue Collar TV (2004–2006)

30 min | Comedy

Sketches featuring three of the Redneck comedians from "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour".

Stars: Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, Brooke Dillman

Votes: 763

28. 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: 48,315

29. 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: 20,022

31. The Mitchell and Webb Situation (2001)

30 min | Comedy

The comedy duo's first sketch show, which launched both of their careers.

Stars: David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Colman, Gus Brown

Votes: 1,541

32. 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: 465

33. Jam (2000)

24 min | Comedy

A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.

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

Votes: 2,036

34. 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

35. The Big Impression (1999– )

20 min | Comedy

A group of regulars on this show perform sparring impressions of celebrities.

Stars: Alistair McGowan, Ronni Ancona, Julian Dutton, Jan Ravens

Votes: 56

36. Smack the Pony (1999–2003)

24 min | Comedy

Three female comics perform sketches dealing with a wide variety of topics, from irritating flatmates to workplace issues to people who pretend to be ill to get free things or special treatment.

Stars: Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan, Sally Phillips, Sarah Alexander

Votes: 1,628

37. 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: 3,359

38. Goodness Gracious Me (1998–2015)

45 min | Comedy

A British sketch comedy that explores the integration of Indian and British cultures through a series of satires,musicals and skits.

Stars: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Nina Wadia

Votes: 965

39. 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: 2,047

40. The Armstrong and Miller Show (1997–2001)

25 min | Comedy

A comedy sketch show from Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong. Running jokes and one hit wonders galore!

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, Simon Greenall, Deborah Findlay

Votes: 353

41. The Adam and Joe Show (1996–2001)

25 min | Comedy

Adam Buxton + Joe Cornish write, film, act in, edit and host their own home-made TV show which parodies contemporary popular culture.

Stars: Adam Buxton, Joe Cornish, Nigel Buxton, Zac Sandler

Votes: 488

42. 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: 878

44. 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

45. 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: 9,145

46. 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: 8,243

47. 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: 6,313

48. The Fast Show (1994–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

Stars: Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day

Votes: 3,697

49. 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