Get ready to spend your whole weekend on YouTube, Shapelings, because Nerve and IFC have put together a list of the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time, complete with video links. I spent much of yesterday watching these and revising my own mental list of great sketches rather than, say, studying for orals. But that’s okay, because my list is educational! (Even if it’s all about ants.)
Now, I like to think of myself as something of a sketch comedy connoisseur. (Please note: I’m not claiming I am a connoisseur, just that I like to think of myself that way. I’m sure someone out there can best me.) See, I spent part of my teenagerdom as a chubby, queer, nerdy girl who wrote poetry and wore thrift store clothes. Given the concomitant lack of social life (did I mention I lived smack in the middle of North Carolina?), I spent many a lonely hour watching late-night cable and developing a deep and abiding love for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Kids in the Hall, and The State (which, criminally, is not yet on DVD). Anyway, the point is, I am a geek, and while I was delighted at the inclusion of several of my favorite State sketches on the IFC/Nerve list (Porcupine Racetrack, for instance, is complete genius), I feel that KITH is misrepresented, Monty Python picks are ultra predictable, and SNL is heavily overrepresented.
So, here’s your Friday Fluff question, since we’ve had rather a grumpy week here at SP: what’s your favorite comedy sketch or routine? What’s on YOUR top 50 (or top 5) list? Mine would surely include KITH discover the cause of cancer, the French Trappers, Flying Lessons, and (probably my all-time fave) Goodbye Mailbox. It’s a challenge: start your weekend laughing!