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2nd May '16 6:04:29 AM Mdumas43073
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22nd Apr '16 8:20:13 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Hype'', a WB sketch comedy show featuring sketches that made fun of celebrities and pop culture. Lasted one season. [[HeyItsThatGuy Included then-future]] ''Series/MADtv'' [[HeyItsThatGuy cast members Frank Caliendo and Daniele Gaither]] -- and featured writing by former ''SNL'' writer and cast member Terry Sweeney [[note]]no relation to Julia Sweeney; Terry was a writer for Jean Doumanian's abysmal 1980-1981 season, was cast member during ''SNL'''s 11th season in 1985 [which almost got the show canceled due to falling ratings and audiences getting sick of the show], and is the first -- and, so far, only -- male ''SNL'' cast member who was openly gay (and had a gay lover who also worked with him as his comedy writing partner, Lanier Laney)[[/note]]

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* ''Hype'', a WB sketch comedy show featuring sketches that made fun of celebrities and pop culture. Lasted one season. [[HeyItsThatGuy Included then-future]] then-future ''Series/MADtv'' [[HeyItsThatGuy cast members Frank Caliendo and Daniele Gaither]] Gaither -- and featured writing by former ''SNL'' writer and cast member Terry Sweeney [[note]]no relation to Julia Sweeney; Terry was a writer for Jean Doumanian's abysmal 1980-1981 season, was cast member during ''SNL'''s 11th season in 1985 [which almost got the show canceled due to falling ratings and audiences getting sick of the show], and is the first -- and, so far, only -- male ''SNL'' cast member who was openly gay (and had a gay lover who also worked with him as his comedy writing partner, Lanier Laney)[[/note]]
22nd Apr '16 8:19:06 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Fridays'', an early 1980s sketch show that aired on ABC on [[CaptainObvious Friday nights]] at 11:30pm (later moved to midnight [[ExecutiveMeddling thanks to ABC giving "Nightline" an extra day]]). Played out like ''Saturday Night Live'' with stronger writing, more pointed sociopolitical satire, a louder studio audience, and longer sketches[[note]]their magnum opus, ''The Ronnie Horror Picture Show'', clocks in at 17 minutes[[/note]]. The show had Michael Richards [[note]]([[HeyItsThatGuy yes, the same Michael Richards who played Kramer on]] ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''...and later got in trouble for using the n-word during his stand-up act at the Laugh Factory)[[/note]], Larry David [[note]](the creator of ''Seinfeld'' and ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'')[[/note]], Rich Hall [[note]](an ''SNL'' cast member who was on the show during the tenth season and was the inspiration behind ''Simpsons'' character Moe Szyslak)[[/note]], and Melanie Chartoff [[note]](the voice of Didi Pickles and her mom, Minka, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and its {{Spinoff}} ''All Grown Up''; on ''Fridays'', she was [[MsFanservice the hot chick]] of the cast and the anchor for ''Friday Night News'')[[/note]] as cast members. Despite being considered the ''Cracked'' to ''Saturday Night Live'''s ''MAD'' magazine, at one point, ''Fridays'' was considered better than ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (which, in the early 1980s, was floundering thanks to Jean Doumanian's ineptitude as show runner). ''Fridays'' lasted until 1982 after ABC failed at making ''Fridays'' a primetime sketch show instead of a late-night one, as it suffered a time change in 1981 when ABC wanted ''Nightline'' to air five days a week instead of four, due to the popularity of primetime soap opera ''Dallas''. The sequence in the movie, ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' where Andy Kaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) fights with Michael Richards (NormMacDonald) over a sketch about covert marijuana smokers dining out at a restaurant (which turns out to be a trick cooked up by executives as a prank and to test the limits of live TV, as ''Fridays'' always did) was based on an actual moment from that show.

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* ''Fridays'', an early 1980s sketch show that aired on ABC on [[CaptainObvious Friday nights]] at 11:30pm (later moved to midnight [[ExecutiveMeddling thanks to ABC giving "Nightline" an extra day]]). Played out like ''Saturday Night Live'' with stronger writing, more pointed sociopolitical satire, a louder studio audience, and longer sketches[[note]]their magnum opus, ''The Ronnie Horror Picture Show'', clocks in at 17 minutes[[/note]]. The show had Michael Richards [[note]]([[HeyItsThatGuy yes, [[note]](yes, the same Michael Richards who played Kramer on]] on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''...and later got in trouble for using the n-word during his stand-up act at the Laugh Factory)[[/note]], Larry David [[note]](the creator of ''Seinfeld'' and ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'')[[/note]], Rich Hall [[note]](an ''SNL'' cast member who was on the show during the tenth season and was the inspiration behind ''Simpsons'' character Moe Szyslak)[[/note]], and Melanie Chartoff [[note]](the voice of Didi Pickles and her mom, Minka, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and its {{Spinoff}} ''All Grown Up''; on ''Fridays'', she was [[MsFanservice the hot chick]] of the cast and the anchor for ''Friday Night News'')[[/note]] as cast members. Despite being considered the ''Cracked'' to ''Saturday Night Live'''s ''MAD'' magazine, at one point, ''Fridays'' was considered better than ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (which, in the early 1980s, was floundering thanks to Jean Doumanian's ineptitude as show runner). ''Fridays'' lasted until 1982 after ABC failed at making ''Fridays'' a primetime sketch show instead of a late-night one, as it suffered a time change in 1981 when ABC wanted ''Nightline'' to air five days a week instead of four, due to the popularity of primetime soap opera ''Dallas''. The sequence in the movie, ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' where Andy Kaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) fights with Michael Richards (NormMacDonald) over a sketch about covert marijuana smokers dining out at a restaurant (which turns out to be a trick cooked up by executives as a prank and to test the limits of live TV, as ''Fridays'' always did) was based on an actual moment from that show.
12th Apr '16 11:57:10 AM konkarne
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* ''Series/LennysShow''

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* ''Series/LennysShow''''Series/LimmysShow''
12th Apr '16 11:56:19 AM konkarne
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* ''Series/LennysShow''
10th Dec '15 11:11:54 AM FF32
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Particularly successful sketches may be spun-off into a {{Sitcom}} or a [[TheMovie movie]] (such is the case of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', ''KidsInTheHall'', and ''Series/{{SCTV}}'').

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Particularly successful sketches may be spun-off into a {{Sitcom}} or a [[TheMovie movie]] (such is the case of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', ''KidsInTheHall'', ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', and ''Series/{{SCTV}}'').
27th Nov '15 3:53:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheAmandaShow'', All That!'s {{Spinoff}}. Featured Taran Killam, who, like Kenan Thompson, was a Nickelodeon child star who is now a cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' and was born after ''SNL'' premiered in 1975. Unlike Thompson, however, Killam was born in 1982 and appeared on ''SNL'''s rival sketch show, ''Series/MADtv'' [[note]] becoming the youngest cast member on that show at only 19 years old[[/note]] before moving on to ''SNL''.

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* ''TheAmandaShow'', All That!'s {{Spinoff}}. Featured Taran Killam, who, like Kenan Thompson, was a Nickelodeon child star who is now a cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and was born after ''SNL'' premiered in 1975. Unlike Thompson, however, Killam was born in 1982 and appeared on ''SNL'''s rival sketch show, ''Series/MADtv'' [[note]] becoming the youngest cast member on that show at only 19 years old[[/note]] before moving on to ''SNL''.
27th Nov '15 7:19:49 AM mrnickname
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* ''Series/VaranTV''
18th Nov '15 12:23:41 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/MrShow'': based on the independent comedy scene of TheNineties, headed by Creator/DavidCross and Bob Odenkirk.

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* ''Series/MrShow'': based on the independent comedy scene of TheNineties, headed by Creator/DavidCross and Bob Odenkirk. It received a {{revival}} in 2015 as ''Series/WithBobAndDavid''.



* ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' -- an independent comedy sketch show that aired on IFC and Fuse from 2007 to 2011. Plays out like ''Monty Python'' meets ''Mr. Show''.

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* ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' -- an independent comedy sketch show that aired on IFC and Fuse from 2007 to 2011. Plays out like ''Monty Python'' meets ''Mr. Show''.Show''.
* ''Series/WithBobAndDavid'', a {{revival}} of ''Series/MrShow'' with much of the same cast, now 15 years older.
11th Oct '15 7:41:47 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'': A Canadian sketch show that was like ''Saturday Night Live'' in that it had cast members from the Second City improv company and aired on NBC. However, ''SCTV'' made fun of television shows (and their many cliches and tropes) and wasn't into making fun of current events, politics, social issues, race, sex, or drugs, like ''SNL'' and ''Fridays'' did. Robin Duke, Tony Rosato, and Martin Short are the only cast members from ''SCTV'' to be hired as cast members for ''Saturday Night Live''[[note]]Creator/CatherineOHara and John Candy were also asked to be cast members, but both turned down the offer. However, O'Hara and Candy hosted some episodes of ''SNL'' -- Candy hosted during the eighth season [he would have hosted again with Eugene Levy, but season 10 of ''SNL'' was affected by a WGA strike, budget cuts by the network, and plans to have the show canceled] while O'Hara hosted in the 1990s[[/note]].

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* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'': A Canadian sketch show that was like ''Saturday Night Live'' in that it had cast members from the Second City Creator/SecondCity improv company and aired on NBC. However, ''SCTV'' made fun of television shows (and their many cliches and tropes) and wasn't into making fun of current events, politics, social issues, race, sex, or drugs, like ''SNL'' and ''Fridays'' did. Robin Duke, Tony Rosato, and Martin Short are the only cast members from ''SCTV'' to be hired as cast members for ''Saturday Night Live''[[note]]Creator/CatherineOHara and John Candy were also asked to be cast members, but both turned down the offer. However, O'Hara and Candy hosted some episodes of ''SNL'' -- Candy hosted during the eighth season [he would have hosted again with Eugene Levy, but season 10 of ''SNL'' was affected by a WGA strike, budget cuts by the network, and plans to have the show canceled] while O'Hara hosted in the 1990s[[/note]].
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