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
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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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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Chappelle's Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Mad TV is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Benny Hill Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Whitest Kids U' Know is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Robot Chicken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Mr. Show with Bob and David is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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French & Saunders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Flight of the Conchords is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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Key & Peele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Broken Lizard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The State is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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You Can't Do That on Televisio... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups

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The Second City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Little Britain is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Upright Citizens Brigade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Mad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Mitchell and Webb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Lonely Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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The Catherine Tate Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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Not The Nine O'Clock News is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sketch Comedy Groups
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