Sketch comedy feels as if it has been part of television history since the golden age. Shows like Saturday Night Live have entertained us for generations, and the types of sketch comedy have only increased over the years.
The legacy of these shows is immeasurable. Many people who started in sketch comedy have gone on to perform in other types of TV shows, even dramas. Nothing will ever take the place of sketch comedy. These are among the greatest sketch comedy shows dating back to the 1950s, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
In the 1990s, Mad TV was constantly compared to Saturday Night Live. After all, they were on around the same time on the same night. Still, Mad TV had its own tone and set of fantastic players. Mad TV alumni include Keegan-Michael Key, Michael McDonald, Nicole Sullivan, and Jordan Peele. The show aired for almost 15 years and lacked a lot of the subtlety associated with other sketch comedy shows. One cast member, Taran Killam, even went on to play on Saturday Night Live.
Inside Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer really broke out on Comedy Central with her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer. Her show featured standup segments, sketches, and even interviews with comedians and other interesting figures. Schumer’s show aired from 2013 to 2016, and she ultimately went on to star in films and land a Netflix standup special. Much of the material on her show focused on dating, relationships, and sex from a woman’s perspective. Four seasons of the show came out, and it was never officially cancelled.
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim put together their show, _Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! _ with a very specific aesthetic in mind. They wanted it to look a specific way, and they did not wan that look to be polished and sleek. Five seasons of the show appeared on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at 11 minutes per episode. The show was reminiscent of David Lynch films, public access TV, and wacky advertisements. Today, Tim and Eric have both achieved success with their show and other endeavors.
Portlandia has several seasons, most of which have been largely available on streaming platforms. The show, which was created by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Saturday Night Live alumnus Fred Armisen, features a cast of characters living in Portland, Oregon. The show makes fun of itself, which is something that many fans appreciate. It does not punch down–it punches across. This is just one reason why so many people love Portlandia and the very small cast. The show was renewed for a final season in 2018, but its legacy will last much longer.