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The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:27 pm

I was just trying to work a list of the funniest comedy sketches ever written/performed. This can be a sketch just performed as such, e.g. on Monty Python (for example) or another comedy show, or an excerpt from a comedy movie or series.

Here's a list I have started ... please feel free to suggest more!

1. Who's on First Base (Abbot & Costello)
2. What time is it, Eccles? (Sellers/Milligan - The Goons)
3, Upper Class/Lower Class (Cleese, Barker, Corbett - The Frost Report)
4. Frasier - Series 5: "The noses" (Roz's prospective parents in law)
5. The Headmaster Sketch (Rowan Atkinson - The Secret Policeman's Ball)
6. The dentist (Korman, Conway - The Carol Burnett Show)
7. Blackadder Goes Forth - "Never ignore a pooh-pooh" (Stephen Fry)
8. The Holy Grail - French knights (Cleese & others, Monty Python)
9. ?
10. ?

Others? Some of the above you disagree with?

Please share a few ideas and thoughts!

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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:36 pm

"Dinner for One" aka "The Nineties Birthday" ?

Butler is required to emulate all the cherished but now dead guests
of an elder lass on her 90th birthday celebration.
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Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:04 pm

How could you miss the Parrot Sketch by Monty Python?
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Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:11 pm

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Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:36 pm

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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:55 am

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
Here's a list I have started ... please feel free to suggest more!

1. Who's on First Base (Abbot & Costello)
2. What time is it, Eccles? (Sellers/Milligan - The Goons)
3, Upper Class/Lower Class (Cleese, Barker, Corbett - The Frost Report)
4. Frasier - Series 5: "The noses" (Roz's prospective parents in law)
5. The Headmaster Sketch (Rowan Atkinson - The Secret Policeman's Ball)
6. The dentist (Korman, Conway - The Carol Burnett Show)
7. Blackadder Goes Forth - "Never ignore a pooh-pooh" (Stephen Fry)
8. The Holy Grail - French knights (Cleese & others, Monty Python)
9. ?
10. ?

Others? Some of the above you disagree with?

Good idea for a topic. I suggest posting links where possible.

Some that spring to mind:

This bloke came up to me (Derek & Clive)- note this is very NSFW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTifRi3qDkU

Don't mention the war (Fawlty Towers)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfl6Lu3xQW0

Election Night Special (Monty Python)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJVROcKFnBQ

Nazis (Mitchell and Webb)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv2XGQBcvxQ

Celebrity Jeopardy (SNL)
(can't find a good clip of this due to NBC's petulant and obsessive copyright claims)
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:06 am

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
6. The dentist (Korman, Conway - The Carol Burnett Show)

meh....

If you are talking Carol Burnett, I would say the best is the king of all sketches:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
4. Frasier - Series 5: "The noses" (Roz's prospective parents in law)

If we are talking sit-coms, I would submit Corner Gas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Me7tvcX5D0
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:13 am

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 5):

  

Seinfeld Most episodes: Standouts?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i78azsi7M94 Babka episode
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGAyQAkXajg Gay, "Not that there's anything wrong with that..."

There are so many more Seinfeld classics I'd be a bandwidth hog if I kept listing them.

Sanford And Son Again so many of them but here are two standouts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP_Oxexa7mM Is Lamont a sissy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjJC-eNVb1U Fred Sanford goes mano emano with Aunt Esther
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WoiR1SM7VM Fred Sanford is Jewish!

Leave It To Beaver So 1950's Americana Wally and the Beav got a "jelly roll greaser hairdo"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIiYEmFMgr0 And that 50's hood music adds to the comic relief!

Martin Another funny show from the golden age of comedy on TV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F30cK0qcM4 Martin vs. Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqSB7AqpOK8 Gina accidentially kill mama Payne's birdie

Twilight Zone Besides all the ET, nuclear bomb episodes there were a couple comedy classic episodes
The Mighty Casey Episode
Twilight Zone episode featuring Carol Burnett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvaQzTkOn1o A silent movie classic starring Buster Keaton funny and priceless

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Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:43 am

One Star People - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuyPwVzmfoM
A SNL skit called "Coach Dobbs"

These aren't sketches but as these written works come to mind:
"NFL QBs talkin' on Facebook" on profootballmock.com (discontinued but were funny when they were current)
"OJ's Legal Pad" - a fake legal pad that had guessed what OJ's doodlings during the original trial looked like
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:37 am

SNL - "Jackie Rogers' Jr. $100,000 Jackpot Wad"

The Frantics - "Last Will and Temperment"

The Frantics - "Roman Numerals"

Firesign Theater - "Beat the Reaper" and "Eat or Be Eaten"
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:15 pm

White like Me--Eddie Murphy in the 1980s on Saturday Night Live
 
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:58 pm

The original "Samurai Delicatessen" with John Belushi & Buck Henry...

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-li...e/video/samurai-delicatessen/n8627
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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:06 pm

Lots of stuff from The Carol Burnett Show from the 70s. I always love when the cast made each other laugh during the skit.

This is a classic example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

Watch it to the end for "Mama's" retort.
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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:38 pm

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 7):
Thanks Seb for this thread!>

ummmm... wasn't me, dude....

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
I was just trying to work a list

Many episodes of Frasier were funny, too.

There was a sit-com in the 1980s called "Kate & Allie" that starred Susan St. James and Jane Curtin. The episode where all the women were all mad at each other and slamming doors was classic as well as the scene in another episode where Kate (Susan St. James) was trying to cash a check for $50. I don't think any of those are on You Tube, though.
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Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:14 pm

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 5):
Election Night Special (Monty Python)

Might I suggest the version performed on their 'Live at the Drury Lane' album. Neil Innes manages to get an epic corpsing out of John Cleese along the way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFc5kJUMFzM
 
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Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:44 am

Quoting seb146 (Reply 6):

If you are talking Carol Burnett, I would say the best is the king of all sketches:

The first thing that came to mind when I read the thread title. And it was all Tim Conway improv... Until it wasn't.
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Sun Jan 03, 2016 9:53 am

What about the chocolate factory scene from I Love Lucy?

http://youtu.be/kRC3BiOig6w

Quoting HOMER71 (Reply 3):
Schweddy Balls with Alec Baldwin from Saturday Night Live

This one always cracks me up. Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon were great in keeping the deadpan delivery and not cracking up. The video from the SNL YouTube channel for those who haven't seen it:

http://youtu.be/bPpcfH_HHH8
 
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:13 am

There were so many great bits from Fawlty Towers it would be hard to pick just one.

For a true classic - going way back to the 50's - this one from The Honeymooners is one of my all time faves. Watching Ralph build up to the inevitable eruption and then when he blows...it doesn't get any better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92YQbNLnh_Q
 
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:50 am

Surprised no one put some Chapelle out there, this is probably my all time favorite:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9izx...PLxhtBXAxyYBsZxSn0-Qf365NI0yh-uJHt
 
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:07 am

Haven't been able to find it online at all...SNL is notoriously protective, but there was a Will Ferrell and Horatio Sands bit about a theater group doing a Last Supper bit. The wife and I laughed our collective asses off.

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Just about every bit in Eddie Murphy's "Delirious"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnB-ML4j-4
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:03 am

No Russel Peters fans in here? This clip is one of my favorites and it's pretty accurate from my experience too.

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Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:32 am

Monty Python "Deja Vu/In The Mind" first time I saw it I fell out of chair and my dad had trouble breathing

Penguin Sketch also a classic. "It's LARGER than it WAS!"

And a little number we call restaurant sketch. "THE WOUND! THE WOUND!"
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:51 am

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 11):

From what I understand Buck Henry was scared and JB hit someone with the sword.

From SNL:

Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker

Blue Oyster Cult: Behind the Music

Men's Synchronized Swimming

Steve Martins Christmas Wish(es)

Chippendale Audition
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:14 am

Kids in the Hall:

Can I keep him?/Mr Stevenson
Husk Musk
Headcrusher Rivalry

Mr. Show:

Blowing up the Moon
Goodbye
Mayostard / Mustardayonnaise / Mustmayostardayonnaise
Megaphone Crooners
Falooza!
Lie Detector
The Fad 3

UCB:

Bucket of Truth
The Little Donny Episode
Ass Pennies
Astronauts/New Brain
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:28 am

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
The Frantics

Boot To The Head!!
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Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:05 am

Quoting seb146 (Reply 24):
Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):The Frantics
Boot To The Head!!

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Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:51 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2D-T6O7myQ
 
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Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:31 am

The stuff I like probably way too crowd for many of the PC Millenial crowd:

Blazing Saddles

Harold and Kumar movies both one and two. Two really is bathroom humor and yes I laugh so hard I almost pee.
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Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:14 am

I'll look for clips when I get off work,and back on a real computer.

But for seasonal skits, the WKRP Thanksgiving show...."I swear by all that is holy I ought Turkeys could fly"

The bit where they were testing Johnny Fever's reflexes as he drank alcohol and got drunk also deserves mention.
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Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:16 pm

Not sure if I mentioned it but Leave It To Beaver The epitome of the feel good comfort food 1950's sitcom. Especially the episode season 2 1959 called Wallys Hair Comb. Him, the Beav and the rest of the gang get these funny looking greasy hairdos that look like a bad muffin or as June says an oil mop. And each time one of them preens with that jelly roll do theirs this 1950's instrumental hepcat music.
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Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:11 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 28):
But for seasonal skits, the WKRP Thanksgiving show...."I swear by all that is holy I ought Turkeys could fly"

The bit where they were testing Johnny Fever's reflexes as he drank alcohol and got drunk also deserves mention.

My favorite part with the reflex testing one is when Johnny's reactions got faster the drunker he got and just seeing Venus wearing Carlson's fishing hat with that huge visor - that was hilarious.

Loved WKRP - I was working in the music business when it was on and so much of it rang true. Afterwards when I started working in air freight, our regional VP was exactly like Mr. Carlson - nicest guy in the world, but didn't have a clue
 
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Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:21 am

Cool thread!

The famous "Fork handles" sketch by "The Two Ronnies" deserves a spot in your top 10!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2-ukrd2VQ

The "10 pound note" sketch by Dave Allen might be a contender as well!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA-iF45pOlI

And some other sketches from shows I fell in love with:

Fast Show - That's Amazing - Swearing (NSFW):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAj7S7lyHdA

Harry Enfield and Chums - Best bits:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fadlFRx8BwY

Harry and Paul - The Dragon's Den sketches:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmlx-e_u0i8

Dave Chappelle
Fisticuffs (NSFW):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PptInhacYgs
Tyrone Biggums - Red Balls:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UtbJ_u0IlY

Key and Peele.
Camping Trip (NSFW):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-r2sdfdNHM
Rap Album confessions (NSFW):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14WE3A0PwVs

Channelbee/Soccer AM - Cockney Star Trek:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvGHIW3GQv8

And finally, not really a sketch, but a clip that gets me every single time I watch it. Mr Blobby's appearance in the "Big fat quiz of the 90's" show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-tKToKmCFU
 
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Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:50 pm

How could I forget the online series Simon's Cat? It's a fat cat owned bye a guy named Simon. I own a fat cat obsessed with food and my name is Simon!
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:42 am

Quoting Toni_ (Reply 31):
The famous "Fork handles" sketch by "The Two Ronnies" deserves a spot in your top 10!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2-u...rd2VQ

The Two Ronnies were vastly under-rated. They were hilarious, I loved it when they ran them on my local PBS station many years ago
 
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Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:34 am

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Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:53 am

Found this one to be quite funny:

'Dave Chappelle The Black White Supremacist Full Video'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u__W0Qa8v0k
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:10 am

Not Necessarily The News: "hurt feelings"

Any Super Dave Osborn stunt where he ends up "a head on shoes" especially if he acknowledges it. "I'm a head on shoes, Fuji!"
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:18 am

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:34 pm

And then somebody had to come along and stink up a very entertaining thread. Go away.
 
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:59 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 6):
If you are talking Carol Burnett, I would say the best is the king of all sketches:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

I wouldn't necessarily count that as a sketch. The final one included the elephant story but not to the point where Vicki says what she said (she actually did it to get back at Conway).

The most memorable Carol Burnett sketches IMO are either or both of these:
-Went with the wind
-As the stomach turns
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:26 pm

Just watching a television programme on Fawlty Towers and I really have to add this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78b67l_yxUc

The Two Ronnies were one of my favourite comic sketches as a kid and this one, which (for some odd reason) was never broadcast, is a favourite of mine; it starts at about 1:45 into this extract:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di7l52LRD90

There is so much talent out there and thankfully much still around, with new generations of stand-ups and writers (Chris O'Dowd and Dylan Moran being two of the best), so hopefully we'll see many more. I know everyone's different, but I do love sketches which have rapid fire verbal exchanges (see the Two Ronnies sketch above) and a bit of slapstick never hurts (well, it actually does - well, you know what I mean!)

Keep 'em coming, folks!

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Sat Jan 09, 2016 8:46 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 38):

I complained and asked it be deleted, but of course that's not going to happen because it's PC.

This thread is NOT political and any political posts should be removed.
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Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:44 pm

Four Yorkshiremen

Workingclass Playwright has become one of my mom and I's favorite sketches in recent years. Somehow, neither of us had ever seen it until maybe 3-4 years ago.

Since we are on an aviation website... RAF Banter

And how has no one mentioned... THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:16 am

Quoting cjg225 (Reply 42):
Four YorkshiremenWorkingclass Playwright has become one of my mom and I's favorite sketches in recent years. Somehow, neither of us had ever seen it until maybe 3-4 years ago.Since we are on an aviation website... RAF BanterAnd how has no one mentioned... THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

Great choices!

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:37 am

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Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:42 pm

And what about this classic scene from the classic television series, "Only Fools and Horses".

Yes, it just raises the bar!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rcdLeXiU8
 
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Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:14 pm

Quoting HOMER71 (Reply 3):
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Oh yes--One of my favorites!

However, you all do forget John Cleese & "Fawlty Towers"

There were some classic episodes of the BBC comedy, "Chef!"

I can think of so many others, I'll take some time to compile a list.

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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

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Just a few others for your consideration. Bob Newhart The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh, Bus Driver Training and Defusing A Bomb. A favorite of mine Stan Freberg's Presents The United States of America. Also Johnathan Winters.

Big fan of Abbot and Costello, Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy. Aykroyd and Belushi in the Blues brothers. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthauin the original Odd Couple and the two Grumpy Old Men movies. Those movies still make me laugh.
 
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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:21 pm

Quoting georgiabill (Reply 47):
Just a few others for your consideration. Bob Newhart The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh, Bus Driver Training and Defusing A Bomb.

Pretty much everything on his "Best Of" 2-CD collection.

Abraham Lincoln's PR Man is one of my family's favorites ("No, no Abe.... no, no... You were a rail-splitter, THEN an attorney.") Also, King Kong ("Well, I figured people would come to work in the morning and see the broken windows and the ape in the street and they'd put two and two together...")   
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RE: The Funniest Comedy Sketches Ever Written?

Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:35 am

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
1. Who's on First Base (Abbot & Costello)

That's all that needs to be said.

I still love the Seven Dirty Words

and "Dave's not here"

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