Funny sketch comedy that's funny

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Heston » 19 May 2011, 5:49pm

I never tire of this....

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Inder » 19 May 2011, 6:25pm

Heston wrote:I never tire of this....
Classic.

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Wolter » 20 Jun 2011, 11:45am

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There is something about this that just cracks me the hell up.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Dr. Medulla » 20 Jun 2011, 11:51am

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There is something about this that just cracks me the hell up.
I hope it's not just a rare burst of Canadian bias speaking here, but I really do think that SCTV was better than SNL.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Wolter » 20 Jun 2011, 11:58am

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There is something about this that just cracks me the hell up.
I hope it's not just a rare burst of Canadian bias speaking here, but I really do think that SCTV was better than SNL.
I think of them as different animals. They're almost on opposite ends of the spectrum.

SNL was/is about the immediate laugh and a fly by the seat of your pants quality. Very lowest common denominator stuff.

SCTV was about well-crafted, character driven pieces that were completely unafraid to be insular and intelligent. And they were a lot more concerned with parodying the medium of television entertainment than performing to an audience.

I prefer SCTV, as well, though. Because it was smarter, and more consistent.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Dr. Medulla » 20 Jun 2011, 12:09pm

Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:
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There is something about this that just cracks me the hell up.
I hope it's not just a rare burst of Canadian bias speaking here, but I really do think that SCTV was better than SNL.
I think of them as different animals. They're almost on opposite ends of the spectrum.

SNL was/is about the immediate laugh and a fly by the seat of your pants quality. Very lowest common denominator stuff.

SCTV was about well-crafted, character driven pieces that were completely unafraid to be insular and intelligent. And they were a lot more concerned with parodying the medium of television entertainment than performing to an audience.

I prefer SCTV, as well, though. Because it was smarter, and more consistent.
I agree with your distinctions. I make the comparison because they were sketch comedy that were operating at the same time, yet SCTV didn't get much acknowledgement, save for within the industry (as in, it's no surprise that SNL poached a number of SCTV people).
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Wolter » 20 Jun 2011, 12:14pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:
Wolter wrote:[youtube]
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There is something about this that just cracks me the hell up.
I hope it's not just a rare burst of Canadian bias speaking here, but I really do think that SCTV was better than SNL.
I think of them as different animals. They're almost on opposite ends of the spectrum.

SNL was/is about the immediate laugh and a fly by the seat of your pants quality. Very lowest common denominator stuff.

SCTV was about well-crafted, character driven pieces that were completely unafraid to be insular and intelligent. And they were a lot more concerned with parodying the medium of television entertainment than performing to an audience.

I prefer SCTV, as well, though. Because it was smarter, and more consistent.
I agree with your distinctions. I make the comparison because they were sketch comedy that were operating at the same time, yet SCTV didn't get much acknowledgement, save for within the industry (as in, it's no surprise that SNL poached a number of SCTV people).

On a side note, having taken a few classes at Second City here, I can honestly say, they teach you not to even try to be funny, but just work on character and true reactions. I can totally see how that works in SCTV. Very, very little pandering.
"There's something more honest, he believed, about traditional methods of mass starvation, labour camps, and machine gunning millions to death. Stalin was a vinyl guy who sneered at Truman converting everything to compact disc." - Thomas Jefferson

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Dr. Medulla » 20 Jun 2011, 12:18pm

Wolter wrote:On a side note, having taken a few classes at Second City here, I can honestly say, they teach you not to even try to be funny, but just work on character and true reactions. I can totally see how that works in SCTV. Very, very little pandering.
This is true. They did have a built-in advantage of not shooting before a live audience, which means having to get those reliable laughs at a steady pace or else ruin the overall effect for tv, but, yeah, there isn't a lot of hand-holding and a certain faith that the audience can follow along patiently.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by matedog » 20 Jun 2011, 12:24pm

Wolter wrote:On a side note, having taken a few classes at Second City here, I can honestly say, they teach you not to even try to be funny, but just work on character and true reactions. I can totally see how that works in SCTV. Very, very little pandering.
No no, Jimmy Fallon cracks up during sketches. That's funny.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Dr. Medulla » 20 Jun 2011, 12:27pm

matedog wrote:
Wolter wrote:On a side note, having taken a few classes at Second City here, I can honestly say, they teach you not to even try to be funny, but just work on character and true reactions. I can totally see how that works in SCTV. Very, very little pandering.
No no, Jimmy Fallon cracks up during sketches. That's funny.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Wolter » 20 Jun 2011, 12:34pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
matedog wrote:
Wolter wrote:On a side note, having taken a few classes at Second City here, I can honestly say, they teach you not to even try to be funny, but just work on character and true reactions. I can totally see how that works in SCTV. Very, very little pandering.
No no, Jimmy Fallon cracks up during sketches. That's funny.
Homer: What are you kids laughing at? And if you say Jimmy Fallon, I'll know you're lying!
Heh.
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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Dr. Medulla » 01 Sep 2011, 8:26am

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by radioclashuk » 02 Sep 2011, 3:28am

My favourite is the Mitchell and Webb sketch about Nazis. I tried to upload a link but failed so just try searching it.

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Re: Funny sketch comedy that's funny

Post by Purple Hayes » 02 Sep 2011, 9:16am

radioclashuk wrote:My favourite is the Mitchell and Webb sketch about Nazis. I tried to upload a link but failed so just try searching it.
This one?

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