So, I came across this listing the other day (can’t find the link right now) about the top ten comedy sketches of all time. It covered pretty much only US comedy (a lof of Saturday Night Live), and missed some of the best sketches ever — the ones that literally made me roll on the floor laughing. So here it is, my collection of the best comedy sketches, from the five best comedy shows of all time:
5. Arrested Development; The Chicken dances
Arrested development must be the best sitcom ever, yet for some idiotic reason got canned. Although I loved it for its intelligent humour and intricate plots, those are difficult to present as a clip. Luckily, good olf fashioned slapstick and body humour was also a major part of it, and nothing made me laugh harder than the Bluth family’s somehwat original takes on the chicken dance, nicely captured in the montage below.
4. The Fast Show: Arse and coughing
Although I simply love The Fast Show and can’t get enough of the recurring characters, it rarely gives me tears in my eyes. This little bit featuring some unfortunatte tourette-like characters did the trick.
3. Monty Python: Tinny words
Well, I could’ve mentioned so many by Monty Python (the fish slapping dance is another one of my favourites), but this one is relatively unknown, yet so darn funny. Graham Chapman at his very best!
2. Saturday Night Live: Chris Rock as rapper with toe fetish
Ok, let’s admit it. SNL is 95% crap, which might be the reason why the 5% times they get it right, it makes it into comedy history. Again, I could’ve mentioned many of the familiar ones (I think “more cow bell” was one the top 10 list I mentioned above), but this is also a rarely seen one, featuring Chris Rock as the most puny rapper ever. When he hits the chorus towards the end, I literally fell of my chair (The vid below is unfortunately the only copy I could find, and the joke is kind of lost in the poor quality).
1. Reeves and Mortimer: Mulligan and O’Hare
Weird is the only word for British duo Jim Reeves and Vic Mortimer. Often it becomes so surreal that you’re left with a smile, albeit a confused and slightly disturbed one (you can see some of this in the intro to Mulligan and O’hare below). Sometimes, they just hit the nail on the head, and there’s just no beating their amazing and surreal portrayel of singers Mulligan and O’Hare. Enjoy!
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