Comedians The Best Sketch Comedy Groups  

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List Rules Includes groups that perform live comedy sketches (and may or may not have spin-off shows or movies)

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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French & Saunders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
French & Saunders United Kingdom

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Mad TV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mad TV United States

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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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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Broken Lizard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Dbo878 added Broken Lizard

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Upright Citizens Brigade is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

The Best Netflix Stand Up Comedy Specials

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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Robot Chicken United States

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A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
A Bit of Fry and Laurie United Kingdom

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

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Little Britain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Little Britain United Kingdom

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

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Mitchell and Webb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mitchell and Webb United Kingdom

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Mad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Mad United States

Libertarian Celebrities

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The Second City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Second City United States

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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Jes Harding added Key & Peele

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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 Catherine Tate Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Catherine Tate Show United Kingdom

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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 League of Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The League of Gentlemen United Kingdom

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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Spitting Image United Kingdom

Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose

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All That is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
All That United States

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National Lampoon Lemmings is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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The Frost Report is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Frost Report United Kingdom

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At Last the 1948 Show is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
At Last the 1948 Show United Kingdom

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The Goodies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Goodies United Kingdom

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Do Not Adjust Your Set is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Do Not Adjust Your Set United Kingdom

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The Groundlings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Groundlings United States

The Greatest Female Figure Skaters of All Time

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The Big Impression is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Big Impression United Kingdom

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

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The Chris Rock Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Chris Rock Show United States

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The Fast Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Fast Show United Kingdom

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The Two Ronnies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Two Ronnies United Kingdom

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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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Brass Eye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
paulyb added Brass Eye

Time Magazine: 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century

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Peter Serafinowicz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
greomgh added Peter Serafinowicz

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That Was The Week That Was is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Harry Enfield's Television Pro... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Pulp Sport is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Pulp Sport New Zealand

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Full Frontal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Full Frontal Australia

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The Mavis Bramston Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Hale & Pace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
Hale & Pace United Kingdom

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The Chaser is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
The Chaser Australia