[[quoteright:350:[[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/14wy3kj.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[-After reviewing ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', the Nerd and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Super Mega Ultra Death Christ]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext fight Satan spawned from a game cartridge]].-] ]]

->''"Well, time for a review. '''Ha!''' Just kidding! No, it's time for a boring sketch with our interns! What, you didn't think we actually '''reviewed''' games anymore, did you?"''
-->-- ''Webcomic/VGCats'', "[[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=217 G-four'd]]"

So you're a CausticCritic with your own VideoReviewShow hosted on your website, and you have a somewhat sizeable fanbase to your name, with thousands of viewers pouring in on your website to watch you [[AccentuateTheNegative shout a lot about games, movies or television shows both new and old and why they all suck so bad]]. That's all well and good, but you could still go that extra mile to grab some extra viewers, [[TheCastShowOff while flaunting your filmmaking skills]] over the course of a standard review.

This is the Mid-Review Sketch Show: a series of usually short cutaways from the actual review for the reviewer (with a possible host of extras by his side) to perform additional, usually humorous skits relating to the work being reviewed, and often to showcase the creator's opinion of the work being reviewed in a more visual format. Depending on the reviewer, these can be either very subtle or massively elaborate, with some reviewers taking weeks to script, film and edit their videos into twenty-minute-extravaganzas.

Compare CutawayGag and BigLippedAlligatorMoment.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is mostly famous for its, well, [[SnarkBait MSTings]]. Yet, the host segments are just as well-regarded, even when they have nothing to do with the movie (such as with ''Film/MonsterAGoGo'').

[[folder:Web Video]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd more or less [[TropeCodifier codified]] this trope: his earliest videos featured some short skits, but he got particularly carried away with these in his ''VideoGame/FridayThe13th'' and ''Videogame/ANightmareOnElmStreetNES'' reviews and hasn't stopped since. His format has since then become almost standard of just about any CausticCritic with a video series of his own, and his own theatrical antics have evolved to the point where he can spend more than half the video goofing around in front of a camera instead of talking about the game.\\\
His more skit-heavy episodes can become so elaborate that he's often working on several reviews at a time, shifting between "classic"-style reviews with a bigger focus on the game itself, and more theatrical videos, the former kind taking less effort to make. (to show how the elaborate are complicated: in a [[http://www.gametrailers.com/player/717056.html "making of" special]], he points out he listened to Music/IronMaiden's entire discography while editing his [[http://www.gametrailers.com/player/711094.html 100th episode]]!)
* Chris Bores' ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer'' naturally does these frequently, seeing as his format is a wholesale carbon copy of the Nerd's format.
* Naturally, about half the contributors on ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' indulge in these constantly.
** Especially the site's very own Creator/DougWalker as the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic (who once decided that the best way to end a review of ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'' is a completely unrelated ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' parody that lasts five minutes).
** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] only uses these occasionally, usually in the PreviouslyOn segments before each review, showcasing things that didn't actually happen in the last video while crossing over with other TGWTG contributors. He also has had at least one ongoing storyline, which was mostly cameos and foreshadowing that didn't take very much time away from the review -- until it erupts into a major storyline turning point where there's more theatrics than review, such as the "Battle with Mechakara" and the "Linkara Is Lost" arcs.
** Creator/NoahAntwiler of ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' frequently interjects subtle theatrics into his videos, but only rarely gets too carried away with them (such as the end of his ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}}'' LetsPlay and his ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' review). He has mentioned in his commentary videos that there's been some backlash against characters like Dr. Insano and Spencer D. Bum, and understands that his viewers don't necessarily want to watch him goof around on-camera that much.\\\
Spoony [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] this formula in his recent review of ''VideoGame/BloodwingsPumpkinheadsRevenge'', where he claims to have had an elaborate review planned out with sketches aplenty (with a guest appearance by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]), but cancels the whole thing because he wouldn't want to dignify the game with such an elaborate review.
** [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] did this often in his early videos, but it's pretty much been dropped, and fans seem to prefer the more straightforward approach.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's recent videos seem to be half this, half review. She does the review and either Nella by herself or with her other friends provide the sketch subplot.
** Nash's ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'', while not a review show per se, always ends with a sketch.
** Creator/BradJones' ''WebVideo/TheReviewers'' is an AffectionateParody of internet reviewers who incorporate sketches and story lines into their videos, and even [[SelfDeprecation includes cameos]] from other video producers who use them.
* ''WebVideo/PhantomReviewer'' feature footage from old ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' films to represent The Phantom Reviewer and Christine in the sketches.
* WebVideo/RedLetterMedia
** Mr. Plinkett reviews feature the title character's exploits in his CreepyBasement and other psychotic behaviour.
** ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'' has been described by its creators as a cross between ''Series/SiskelAndEbert'' and an [[TheEighties '80s]] {{sitcom}}, but in practice, this simply translates to the customary Mid-Review Sketch Show (usually featuring the Rich Evans version of Mr. Plinkett) being deliberately hackneyed and self-deprecating.
*** The most prominent example of this is Episode 37. In what is supposed to be a review of ''Step Up: Revolution'', only about 7 seconds of the 8 minutes long episode is spend talking about the film ("It sucked!"), the rest is about wrapping the season's running storyline ("Really? This was all this led up to? Another Creator/GeorgeLucas thing?").
* ''WebVideo/{{Wiiviewer}}'' does some of these, especially when showing just how silly some aspects of the games are.
* ''WebVideo/EatYourKimchi'': During the Music Monday reviews there are short sketches based on something from the reviewed video that Simon and Martina noticed, or questioned, or think is odd.
* ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'' naturally does this too, since the formula is largely (and overtly) inspired by ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''. The sketches usually happen at the end of the review, when the exceeded [=JdG=] is victim of the pernicious influence of the bad game he played -- or when he tries to destroy it, and the game ''fights back'' (this one was mostly in the early episodes though). The sketches are also getting more and more elaborate with time, a bigger cast having joined [=JdG=] and Seb for the most recent ones. In 2012 he also started the ''Papy Grenier'' series alongside his normal reviews, where an old bearded ([[EvilOldFolks and slightly sociopathic]]) man revisits old games as if they had happened in real life, sort of making them reviews and sketch-shows blended together.
* WebOriginal/PositivelyDreadful started out more restrained with a few dry comments and gags here and there, but gradually came to embrace the comedy over the reviews themselves.
* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': There has been the occasional cut-away, especially with earlier reviews, but there is only one full-fledged instance of this trope: the ''Nightshade'' review (itself a blatant homage to ''[[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd Bugs Bunny's Birthday Blowout]]'').