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(1995–2016)

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In his autobiography, Artie Lange says that he was fired during the second season due to drug abuse. He says that the cast and crew attempted to have an intervention for him, but he fled the studio.
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After the cancellation of House of Buggin' (1995), John Leguizamo was invited to join the cast of this show. He turned it down.
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A parody of Schindler's List (1993) titled "Schindler's Lost" was filmed in the first season, but Steven Spielberg did not want it to air. Executive producer Quincy Jones, a friend of Spielberg's, agreed to delete the sketch. It never aired.
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Despite stumbling ratings and cancellation, this is one of the most widely-viewed sketch comedy shows through unauthorized online videos.
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John DiMaggio was offered a spot as a cast member in the fourth season. He turned it down to work on Futurama (1999) instead.
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Jimmy Kimmel was considered to join the cast for the first season.
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One sketch reveals that Miss Swan's ATM PIN is 7926, which spells out SWAN on a key pad.
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Aries Spears has said he tried to get Paul Mooney hired as a writer on the series. When Mooney met the producers, he accused them of stealing his material.
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For the "Casino Man" skit, to get his impression of Pauly Shore right, David Herman had to prepare himself by listening to audio tapes of Shore all day. Artie Lange claimed that this was the reason why Herman considered to quit the show.
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On May 16, 2009, Artie Lange was a guest on this show and Saturday Night Live (1975). On "SNL", Lange was visiting backstage, and was invited to be on stage with the cast for a few moments.
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In this show, Andrew Bowen did several impressions of Keanu Reeves. He would later voice Reeve's character Neo for the video game The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005).
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Jeff Richards and Taran Killam are the only MADtv alumni who later became cast members on Saturday Night Live (1975).
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Producers David Salzman and Quincy Jones obtained the MAD Magazine rights from EC Comics after the death of publisher William Gaines, who originally did not want to sell the rights.
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According to Josh Meyers, there was a different set of studio audiences for a taping of each episode.
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The CW revived the cancelled Fox series after several years off-air.
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Patton Oswalt was the first writer hired before the show's debut.
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Eddie Pepitone was considered to replace Artie Lange in the second season.
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Andrew Bowen counts the "One True Impact" sketch, the one where he and Will Sasso were spoofing Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, as one of his favourites. According to him, it took several takes to get through a scene, as both actors and co-star Michael McDonald always broke into laughter.
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