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A list of famous sketch comedy groups, known for producing hilarious comedy shows and skits for stage and screen. This list includes collectives and groups from around the world specializing in short-form comedy, including some focused entirely on improv comedy. Many of these groups - such as Human Giant, The State, Mitchell and Webb, The Whitest Kids U Know and The Kids in the Hall - have gone on to star in television shows or even comedy films based on their performances. Others, such as the Royal Canadian Air Farce and Lonely Island - also gained notoriety for releasing comedy albums. Others have concentrated exclusively on uploading sketches to the Web (especially YouTube) or touring the country performing live comedy in theaters. These may not be all the sketch comedy groups out there, but they are the best. Vote for your favorite and add any that have been missed.

The explosion of sketch comedy as a dominant form for American humorists can be largely traced back to the massive success of "Saturday Night Live" in the US in the 1970s, which introduced the format to many Americans. A number of contemporary sketch comedy troupes - including the legendary Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade - have become well-known as "feeders" for "Saturday Night Live," graduating students prepared to audition for the famed late-night comedy institution.

This list includes the most famous, notable and celebrated sketch comedy groups from around the world.
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Monty Python is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Monty Python United Kingdom

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Second City Television is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Chappelle's Show United States

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Saturday Night Live United States

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The Whitest Kids U' Know is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Whitest Kids U' Know United States

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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Mad TV is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mad TV United States

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Broken Lizard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Benny Hill Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Benny Hill Show United Kingdom

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Upright Citizens Brigade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Upright Citizens Brigade United States

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You Can't Do That on Televisio... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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The State is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The State United States

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French & Saunders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
French & Saunders United Kingdom

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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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The Lonely Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Lonely Island United States

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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Robot Chicken United States

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Mad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mad United States

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The Second City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Second City United States

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A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
A Bit of Fry and Laurie United Kingdom

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Little Britain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Little Britain United Kingdom

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Mitchell and Webb is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mitchell and Webb United Kingdom

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All That is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
All That United States

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The Mighty Boosh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Mighty Boosh United Kingdom

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The Groundlings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Groundlings United States

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Not The Nine O'Clock News is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Not The Nine O'Clock News United Kingdom

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The Catherine Tate Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Catherine Tate Show United Kingdom

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National Lampoon Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Spitting Image United Kingdom

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The League of Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The League of Gentlemen United Kingdom

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Brass Eye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Chris Rock Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Chris Rock Show United States

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The Frost Report is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Frost Report United Kingdom

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Peter Serafinowicz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Fast Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Fast Show United Kingdom

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Hale & Pace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Hale & Pace United Kingdom

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Do Not Adjust Your Set is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Do Not Adjust Your Set United Kingdom

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The Day Today is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Stella Street is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Morecambe & Wise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Morecambe & Wise United Kingdom

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At Last the 1948 Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
At Last the 1948 Show United Kingdom

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That Was The Week That Was is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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The Two Ronnies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Two Ronnies United Kingdom

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Big Train is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Big Train United Kingdom

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CODCO is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
CODCO Canada

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Armstrong and Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Armstrong and Miller United Kingdom

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The Big Impression is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Big Impression United Kingdom

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Derrick Comedy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Derrick Comedy United States

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Stankervision is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Stankervision United States