Friday, April 18, 2008

The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time just posted their 50 greatest comedy sketches of all time, and thanks to the wonders of youtube and other media sharing organizations, there's actual youtube clips of each and every one.

Over all, I agree with the list, but I did find it rather astonishing that Mad TV and In Living Color were totally excluded. While not often put in the same field as SNL and the Carol Channing show, there are some really great actors and sketches to come out of both.

Nicole Sullivan and Nicole Parker are particular gems from Mad TV. Nicole Sullivan had an amazing set of characters, including the classic Vancome Lady - a offensively racist woman with big hair and too much make up who preemptively judges everyone she sees.

Nicole Parker lent a different voice to MAD TV, but held the same chameleon like qualities, taking her ability to inhabit the character to freakishly scary proportions. My favorite sketch? Her impression of Rachael Ray's '40 Dollars a Day'

Not to take away from the classics, but sometimes the lesser known comics need some love too.

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