Apropros of a discussion taking place somewhere else entirely

Sorry. In-joke. Forget you saw anything, including the couple of revisions of this short post.

Instead: what do you think of this list of 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time? (Via sweetmachine at Shapely Prose.)

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7 replies

  1. I’d be interested in seeing lists from different countries, given that apparently (I cannot remember where I saw the study), different countries are tickled by very different sorts of things as the basis of jokes
    (1) England: Word play
    (2) US: Power play
    (3) France: Surrealism
    And the Germans laugh at all three sorts of jokes. So maybe a survey of multilingual Germans would be the most balanced (and I’d wonder if they’d include “Wenn ist das Nunstruck git und Slotermeyer?” sketch)
    I’d also suggest a criterion: How many kids born a generation AFTER the sketch was first aired know it off by heart, especially without seeing/hearing it from the original performers? If that’s a valid way of figuring it out, then I’d “The Parrot Sketch” wins hands down based on the way kids taught it to each other when my daughter was in late primary/early secondary school.
    Others that are known by heart (or almost) a couple of generations later would include
    * “Who’s on first?” from Abbott and Costello.
    * “The flagon with the dragon holds the brew that is true” from Danny Kaye
    Dave Bath’s last blog post..Bawl quietly, jerk. Q08

  2. The list seems a little SNL-heavy IMO.

  3. Yes, sweetmachine also thought it was SNL-heavy, and that the Python sketches chosen were particularly predictable. Although if we were to take on Dave’s criterion of how well they tick the “memorised by future generations” box (arguably an excellent criterion), then the predictability of the included Python sketches is actually kinda the point.

  4. Dave, I think you meant to say, “And the Germans laugh at fart jokes, and therefore would be the most balanced – or at least self-propelled.”

  5. Ummm… I’m sure I should know this, but what does SNL stand for?

  6. Saturday Night Live, a venerable US broadcast television tradition which jumpstarted the film careers of Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, and many many more. The movies Blues Brothers and Wayne’s World both derived from recurring characters in SNL sketches.

  7. Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.

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