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5th Dec '12 11:34:08 AM troacctid
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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like ''TheFastShow''.

This trope can be employed for several reasons. For example:
* Reusing the same characters allows you to subvert the audience's expectations.
* It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. ''SmackThePony'' made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
* It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate, recurring characters are very useful.
* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''The Fast Show'' were less than a minute long; they could get away with it because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
* It can be good for the show's status. Catch phrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
* You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy, as in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''TheHangover: Part II''. The characters repeat all the same jokes as in the first film and the audience knows what's coming all the time.
* ''Film/TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: A bunch of comedians tell [[TheAristocrats the same joke with the same punchline]] for about 90 minutes.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheFastShow'': The entire premise
* ''LittleBritain'': The entire premise
* ''TheState'' parodied this tendency with the "Louie" sketches, where all he would do was shout his catch phrase, "I Wanna Dip My Balls In It".
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies, who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.
** Also the old bearded castaway characters who introduce the show
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' has so many of these that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_Saturday_Night_Live_characters_and_sketches_%28listed_chronologically%29 The Other Wiki has started listing them]].
* ''HarryEnfield'' had a few of these, such as the guy who always said, "I don't think you wanted to do that!"
* ''Sonny and Cher''
* ''Carol Burnett''
* ''MrShow'' did this fairly often, most famously with the old rambling conservative politician character's story about the traveling salesman and the three holes in the wall of the barn where he stays...

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'', during a Krusty the Clown TV special:
-->'''Krusty:''' And now for our parody of ''MadAboutYou'', called "Mad About Shoe". ''(goes to a bed with a giant shoe in it)'' Hey baby, let's kiss, no tongue. ''(audience boos)'' Ugh, You're not going to like our ''[[NYPDBlue N.Y.P.D Shoe]]'' sketch... it's pretty much the same thing.
** Also, Bart invokes this as the "I didn't do it" boy.
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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like ''TheFastShow''.

This trope can be employed for several reasons. For example:
* Reusing the same characters allows you to subvert the audience's expectations.
* It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. ''SmackThePony'' made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
* It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate, recurring characters are very useful.
* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''The Fast Show'' were less than a minute long; they could get away with it because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
* It can be good for the show's status. Catch phrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
* You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy, as in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''TheHangover: Part II''. The characters repeat all the same jokes as in the first film and the audience knows what's coming all the time.
* ''Film/TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: A bunch of comedians tell [[TheAristocrats the same joke with the same punchline]] for about 90 minutes.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheFastShow'': The entire premise
* ''LittleBritain'': The entire premise
* ''TheState'' parodied this tendency with the "Louie" sketches, where all he would do was shout his catch phrase, "I Wanna Dip My Balls In It".
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies, who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.
** Also the old bearded castaway characters who introduce the show
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' has so many of these that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_Saturday_Night_Live_characters_and_sketches_%28listed_chronologically%29 The Other Wiki has started listing them]].
* ''HarryEnfield'' had a few of these, such as the guy who always said, "I don't think you wanted to do that!"
* ''Sonny and Cher''
* ''Carol Burnett''
* ''MrShow'' did this fairly often, most famously with the old rambling conservative politician character's story about the traveling salesman and the three holes in the wall of the barn where he stays...

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'', during a Krusty the Clown TV special:
-->'''Krusty:''' And now for our parody of ''MadAboutYou'', called "Mad About Shoe". ''(goes to a bed with a giant shoe in it)'' Hey baby, let's kiss, no tongue. ''(audience boos)'' Ugh, You're not going to like our ''[[NYPDBlue N.Y.P.D Shoe]]'' sketch... it's pretty much the same thing.
** Also, Bart invokes this as the "I didn't do it" boy.
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31st Oct '12 10:37:15 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: A bunch of comedians tell the same joke with the same punchline for about 90 minutes.

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* ''TheAristocrats''. ''Film/TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: A bunch of comedians tell [[TheAristocrats the same joke with the same punchline punchline]] for about 90 minutes.
24th Jul '12 11:24:02 AM FELH2
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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like ''TheFastShow''.

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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like ''TheFastShow''.
''TheFastShow''.



* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''The Fast Show'' were less than a minute long; they could get away with it because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.

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* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''The Fast Show'' were less than a minute long; they could get away with it because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.



[[AC:Film]]
* ''TheHangover: Part II''. The characters repeat all the same jokes as in the first film and the audience knows what's coming all the time.

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[[AC:Film]]
[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''TheHangover: Part II''. The characters repeat all the same jokes as in the first film and the audience knows what's coming all the time.



* ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies, who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.

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* ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies, who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.



* ''Sonny and Cher''

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* ''Sonny and Cher'' Cher''



[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'', during a Krusty the Clown TV special:

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[[AC:Western Animation]]
[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'', during a Krusty the Clown TV special: special:
14th May '12 7:38:16 PM CorahsUncle
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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like TheFastShow.

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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like TheFastShow.''TheFastShow''.






* It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. ''SmackThePony'' made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting, and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
* It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate so recurring characters are very useful.
* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''TheFastShow'' were under a minute long, which they could get away with because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
* It can be good for the show's status. Catchphrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
* You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy. For example, ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.


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* It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. ''SmackThePony'' made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting, lighting and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
* It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate so rate, recurring characters are very useful.
* You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on ''TheFastShow'' ''The Fast Show'' were under less than a minute long, which long; they could get away with it because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
* It can be good for the show's status. Catchphrases Catch phrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
* You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy. For example, ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

Comedy, as in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.







* ''TheHangover'': Part II. They repeat all the same jokes like in the first one and the audience knows what's coming all the time.

[[AC:Television]]

* ''TheFastShow'' The entire premise
* ''LittleBritain'' The entire premise
* ''TheState'' parodied this this tendency with the "Louie" sketches, where all he would do was shout his catchphrase "I Wanna Dip My Balls In It".
* ''MontyPython'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.

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\n* ''TheHangover'': ''TheHangover: Part II. They II''. The characters repeat all the same jokes like as in the first one film and the audience knows what's coming all the time.

[[AC:Television]]

time.
* ''TheFastShow'' ''TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: A bunch of comedians tell the same joke with the same punchline for about 90 minutes.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheFastShow'':
The entire premise
* ''LittleBritain'' ''LittleBritain'': The entire premise
* ''TheState'' parodied this this tendency with the "Louie" sketches, where all he would do was shout his catchphrase catch phrase, "I Wanna Dip My Balls In It".
* ''MontyPython'' ''MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies Gumbies, who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.



* ''HarryEnfield'' had a few of these, such as the guy who always said "I don't think you wanted to do that!"

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* ''HarryEnfield'' had a few of these, such as the guy who always said said, "I don't think you wanted to do that!"



* ''MrShow'' did this fairly often. Most famously with the old rambling conservative politician character's story about the traveling salesman and the three holes in the wall of the barn where he stays...

to:

* ''MrShow'' did this fairly often. Most often, most famously with the old rambling conservative politician character's story about the traveling salesman and the three holes in the wall of the barn where he stays...






-->Krusty: And now for our parody of ''MadAboutYou'' called, "Mad About Shoe." ''(goes to a bed with a giant shoe in it)'' Hey baby, let's kiss, no tongue. ''(audience boos)'' Ugh, You're not going to like our [[NYPDBlue N.Y.P.D Shoe]] sketch... it's pretty much the same thing.
** Also Bart invokes this as the "I didn't do it" boy

[[AC:Other]]
* ''TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: a bunch of comedians tell the same joke with the same punchline for an hour and a half.

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-->Krusty: -->'''Krusty:''' And now for our parody of ''MadAboutYou'' called, ''MadAboutYou'', called "Mad About Shoe." Shoe". ''(goes to a bed with a giant shoe in it)'' Hey baby, let's kiss, no tongue. ''(audience boos)'' Ugh, You're not going to like our [[NYPDBlue ''[[NYPDBlue N.Y.P.D Shoe]] Shoe]]'' sketch... it's pretty much the same thing.
** Also Also, Bart invokes this as the "I didn't do it" boy

[[AC:Other]]
* ''TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: a bunch of comedians tell the same joke with the same punchline for an hour and a half.
boy.
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14th May '12 7:23:04 PM PaulA
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** Reusing the same characters allows you to subvert the audience's expectations.
** It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. SmackThePony made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting, and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
** It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate so recurring characters are very useful.
** You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on TheFastShow were under a minute long, which they could get away with because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
** It can be good for the show's status. Catchphrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
** You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy. For example, LeagueOfGentlemen.


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** * Reusing the same characters allows you to subvert the audience's expectations.
** * It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. SmackThePony ''SmackThePony'' made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting, and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
** * It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate so recurring characters are very useful.
** * You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on TheFastShow ''TheFastShow'' were under a minute long, which they could get away with because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
** * It can be good for the show's status. Catchphrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
** * You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy. For example, LeagueOfGentlemen.

''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.

14th May '12 11:19:31 AM Hadashi
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A premise for a TV sketch that features several sets of characters who do nothing but re-hash their one joke in different ways. A lot of comedy shows use this technique without relying entirely on it, though there are a few that do, like TheFastShow.

This trope can be employed for several reasons. For example:

** Reusing the same characters allows you to subvert the audience's expectations.
** It saves money. Imagine how much it would cost to get new costumes, sets and make up for every sketch. SmackThePony made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTRTXhX0ee4 lots of these dating video sketches]] which need minimal sets, lighting, and costumes this probably helped stretch their budget much further.
** It saves time. When you have quite a fast turnover rate so recurring characters are very useful.
** You can make very short sketches to break up the pace of the show. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-z5T8meC84 Jesse's Diets bits]] on TheFastShow were under a minute long, which they could get away with because the viewer knows the character and knows the format.
** It can be good for the show's status. Catchphrases and characters such as "yeah but no but" and "scorchio!" can become institutions. They can grate and become annoying, but there's two sides to every coin.
** You can have a narrative within a Sketch Comedy. For example, LeagueOfGentlemen.


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!!Examples:


[[AC:Film]]

* ''TheHangover'': Part II. They repeat all the same jokes like in the first one and the audience knows what's coming all the time.

[[AC:Television]]

* ''TheFastShow'' The entire premise
* ''LittleBritain'' The entire premise
* ''TheState'' parodied this this tendency with the "Louie" sketches, where all he would do was shout his catchphrase "I Wanna Dip My Balls In It".
* ''MontyPython'' had a collection of old men called the Gumbies who had glasses and hankerchiefs tied in knots on their heads with the recurring joke that they were all very stupid and couldn't talk properly.
** Also the old bearded castaway characters who introduce the show
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' has so many of these that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_Saturday_Night_Live_characters_and_sketches_%28listed_chronologically%29 The Other Wiki has started listing them]].
* ''HarryEnfield'' had a few of these, such as the guy who always said "I don't think you wanted to do that!"
* ''Sonny and Cher''
* ''Carol Burnett''
* ''MrShow'' did this fairly often. Most famously with the old rambling conservative politician character's story about the traveling salesman and the three holes in the wall of the barn where he stays...

[[AC:Western Animation]]

* ''TheSimpsons'', during a Krusty the Clown TV special:
-->Krusty: And now for our parody of ''MadAboutYou'' called, "Mad About Shoe." ''(goes to a bed with a giant shoe in it)'' Hey baby, let's kiss, no tongue. ''(audience boos)'' Ugh, You're not going to like our [[NYPDBlue N.Y.P.D Shoe]] sketch... it's pretty much the same thing.
** Also Bart invokes this as the "I didn't do it" boy

[[AC:Other]]
* ''TheAristocrats''. This is literally the entire premise: a bunch of comedians tell the same joke with the same punchline for an hour and a half.
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