Imogene Coca was the hilarious counterpart to Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows, the ground-breaking 1950s sketch comedy show. (Here they are in the classic Auto Smashup
.) She won an Emmy and a Peabody for her work on the show, had a long career in television, and later made an impact as Aunt Edna in National Lampoon's Vacation, as Ms. Dipesto's mother in Moonlighting, and on the stage. [more inside]
Pete Holmes, who was previously highlighted
here for his "Ex-Men" sketches, has decided that the one-on-one-interview-with-pop-culture-characters format really works for him, and so we now have "Street Fighter Red Tape" with Ryu
. [more inside]
From the comedic duo Key & Peele, mentioned twice before
on MetaFilter, comes Pizza Order
, the funniest sketch I've seen in years. Their new season has had some terrific moments – Dubstep
, I said "Bitch"
, Slow Brotion
, and School Bully
, amongst others – but Pizza Order is something special.
A brief history of Nickelodeon's Roundhouse
, that glorious early 90's sketch show with the guys doing backflips and the Dad in the motorized armchair.
In the cold open
for this week's RadioLab
), Jesse Thorn (MeFi's own
) commemorates one of the craziest, most unconventional comedy bits in modern memory: Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler's "Kristen Schaal is a Horse
", a sketch that starts out funny, then turns decidedly un-funny, then becomes hilarious. Ten minute version
. Schaal on The Sound of Young America
Why Back to the Future is secretly horrifying. NSFW, possible trigger alert for use of the "r" word.
"Eggs? Yeah, we fix 'em. Well, are they broken all the way or are they just cracked? OK, well that's good, just bring 'em right in...
" The year: 1984. The sketch: "Roy's Food Repair". The stars: John Candy, Valri Bromfield, Dave Thomas, Carrie Fisher, and Paul Simon. The show: a short-lived NBC comedy variety program produced by Lorne Michaels called The New Show
. [more inside]
That’s so weird!
is a Canadian sketch comedy series on YTV. Pitched at the young teen audience, anyone who likes their humour broad and zany will enjoy this. Some favourite sketches are Daniel Book (a 17-but-still-7 Daniel Cook
), Logan and Wilf (teen boys parodied) and the Cafeteria Ladies
. The show was recently picked up by Boomerang Latin America and Nickelodeon Australia. A whole new generation of Canuck sketch comedy takes off, eh?
Mr. Show skits that became reality .
(Warning: mature language)
The Night Andy Kaufman Sabotaged
After Michael Richards flipped out
at the Laugh Factory, some speculated
that Kramer had an "Andy Kaufman moment" gone horribly wrong, but did you know that Richards was once a target of Kaufman's humor himself? On February 20, 1981, Andy Kaufman hosted
ABC's late night comedy show, Fridays
, but refused to stay on script during the live Broadcast. After deliberately blowing lines in several sketches, Kaufman instigated a fight
during one sketch, by pouring water on
Fridays cast member, Michael Richards. The next year, ratings for Fridays were so low that they asked Kaufman to host a second time
to boost ratings. (More inside.)
A Week of Kindness
is an online sketch comedy group; among their bits, I found Nature Footage: The Musical
to be the most amusing (albeit, a bit of a one note symphony).
"Kids in the Hall: Braincandy"
is finally being released on DVD today! Sadly, it appears to be barren of any added extras, interviews or commentaries. This release is only just making me more anxious for the criminally underrated "The Wrong Guy"
(starring and co-written by KITH member Dave Foley
) that is scheduled to come out on September 24th. It is a must see for Kids in the Hall fans
and the troops absurd brand of humour. (I won't even get into my insane anticipation for the perpetually postponed Mr.Show
movie "Run Ronnie Run!"
"Normally I wear protection, but then I thought, 'When am I gonna make it back to Haiti?' -- Bad Idea."
Just a taste from my favorite new web site