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12 Best Comedy Sketches

Top 12 TV Comedy Sketches

The Current Top 12 Comedy Sketches of All Time

In order of thinking of them.

 

PART I

1. The Four Yorkshiremen

At Last The 1948 Show

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo

Writers: Most likely John Cleese & Graham Chapman

Sketch Type: Exaggeration

Why?

We all try to outdo each other with stories after a few drinks and we all love a rags to riches story populated by that reflective ‘In my day.’

The sketch originated from a pre-Python show and evolved because it was used for various Python live shows and Rowan Atkinson appeared in the Amnesty International Show, which is the performance I remember once. It inspired me to write.

 

2. One Leg Too Few

One Over The Eight

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty68LPKRQQQ

Writer: Peter Cook

Sketch Type: Physical, Visual, Absurd (with the love of words ‘unidexter.’)

Why?

It’s the visual that captivates, Dudley Moore hopping plus that line ‘I’ve got nothing against your right leg. The trouble is – neither have you.’

Peter Cook was a genius.

 

3. Jockey Safari

Big Train

Writer: n/a

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6fmBwSgso4

Sketch Type: Surreal

Why?

It reminds me of a The Bison sketch from Not The Nine O’clock News. It’s the style of execution that works juxtaposing a wildlife documentary with the world of horse racing and diddy jockeys in racing colours are funny.

 

4. Going for an English

Goodness Gracious Me

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huSP7PtctC4

Writer: Various

Sketch Type: Reverse

Why?

This is a winner because it’s very simple reverse (simple is never easy) and therefore genius. We’ve all been in curry houses worse for wear and this sketch is full of self-recognition plus being brilliantly performed.

 

5. Parrot Sketch

Monty Python

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

Writers: John Cleese & Graham Chapman

Sketch Type: Surreal

Why?

There’s a lot of anger at play in this one, perhaps frustration from super intelligent minds having to deal with shop assistants. How would you use a dead parrot?

 

6. Breakfast

Morecambe and Wise Show

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFgdhZGLJrY

Writer: Eddie Braben

Sketch Type: Visual

Why?

Charm is the word for this sketch, no edginess just comedy from an everyday act of two blokes making breakfast.

 

PART II

7. Drinking Darts Players

Not The Nine O’clock News

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHnBppccI0o

Writer: Laurie Rowley

Sketch Type: Exaggeration

Why?

Another simple idea made into comic bliss and we all love jokes about drinking. Perhaps one of the most sublime moments of television ever.

Love Mel Smith’s hair.

 

8. Constable Savage

Not The Nine O’clock News

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG2Y

Writer: Unknown

Sketch Type: Satire

Why?

This is an inspiration. The gormless Constable Savage representing the ‘Fascist’ police officer is taken to task for his prejudice that stems from stupidity and a lack of eduction.

Spurred me on to write comedy.

 

9. Four Candles

The Two Ronnies

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu9MptWyCB8

Writer: Ronnie Barker

Sketch Type: Word play

Why?

Misunderstanding is where this sketch starts and progresses to higher levels something only John Cleese could emulate. The performances make it with Ronnie Corbet becoming more and more exasperated.

Ronnie Barker was a comedy genius, a real one…

 

10. Mastermind

The Two Ronnnies

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0C59pI_ypQ

Writer: David Renwick

Sketch Type: Situation

Why?

A specialist subject of answering the question before leads to some wonderful anticipation for the audience and laughs coming from the juxtaposition.

 

11. The Hedge

Fry & Laurie

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkkNjyOrpmo

Writers: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie

Sketch Type: Send up

Why?

It’s not a great sketch. It’s the conceit of getting it wrong and the panic that creeps in as they try to get it right that I love. It also works because the audience are in on the act and when you add the panic and suppressed anger it’s fab.

 

12. Panda (Various)

Who Dares Wins

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN3hcFTZoqw

Writer: Unknown

Sketch Type: Surreal animal stuff

Why?

What can I say? I’m a sucker for talking animals especially swearing pandas.

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