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3v3+Z: Need Another Seven Astronauts (NASA) GET IT MAN?!

My vote goes for "Bare Ambition", the one about streaking. It just didn't work.
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3v3+Z: Wow. Were you high when you wrote that? Because that is what those who smoke/used to smoke would identify as a "pot thought". Congrats! I totally get what you're saying though. I think calling it a four-layer irony cake really captured the essence.

As for things like the fartin' Rudy sketch, I think there's more than one layer there, but I don't think it goes nearly as deep as you theorize. I mean, Bob and David and the guys are brilliant and all, but I don't think they sit around thinking up these incredibly complex esoteric meanings to their comedy. Didn't David say that Fartin' Rudy was based on a real guy (Mr. Methane) who's act pretty much consists of him farting on command? So, the farting in and of itself is funny. But the real zinger of that sketch is that, besides his farts, Rudy really doesn't have an act. The fact that some dude in the audience can do the same exact thing without even meaning to, just proves that Rudy doesn't really have an act. I think Bob and David really like to rip on comics and comedy that just relies on the trite old stand-bys thinking that they'll make people laugh. It's not that farting isn't funny (I think it is) it's the ridiculous idea that some one could build a whole comedy act and even an entire sitcom around it.

By the way, my least favorite skit is probably "Superpan" although the ending and the next skit are fuckin' priceless.
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fartin' GARY(david) was the one on stage doing the farting. fartin' RUDY(bob) was the audience member that steals the show and gets his own sitcom out of it.
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Are you all nuts? Are you forgetting Jeepers Creepers, Semi-Star?

It was so bad that they had to acknowledge how bad it was. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but after they filmed it they realized that it was very long and not funny.

Jeepers Creepers!
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dude, jeepers creepers was great. they didnt really think it was bad, that was just part of the joke.
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As for things like the fartin' Rudy sketch, I think there's more than one layer there, but I don't think it goes nearly as deep as you theorize.
I'm saying that's THREE layers. Layer one is the "farts are FUNNY!" crowd. Layer two is that we don't think farting holds up as someone's entire act. Then layer three is that they've managed to turn us around and make us LAUGH at that! All the other bullshit I was saying was basically just, "WHAT'S NEXT? Where can we go from here?"

And I was completely sober when I wrote that, by the way. I mentioned wanting "another beer" at the end, but truth be told, I hadn't had ANY alcohol (YET) that evening. I was just trying to fit in with all the COOL kids! (Jeepers Creepers, my kingdom for a decent "crying" emoticon!!! Hey, that reminds me...)

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Are you all nuts? Are you forgetting Jeepers Creepers, Semi-Star?
Blasphemer!!!! Yes, granted, I AM "nuts". I fucking LOVE Jeepers Creepers!!!!! The MUSIC is fucking BRILLIANT!!!! In a strange way it reminds me of The Rutles' music in that it's a STYLE parody, unlike the kind of parody where you use the same music but change the words to something silly. With The Rutles and with "Jeepers Creepers", yes the lyrics are funny, but the music also stands well on its own as something BIGGER than a joke. (Can you tell I'm a musician?)

Yeah, that thing at the end where they said it was stupid or whatever... I'm SURE that's just a joke! However, I'm not so sure there wasn't at least a little seriousness at the end of the "Story of Everest" when Sweetie Pie says, "How many motherfuckin' times this motherfucker gonna fall down? That shit ain't funny!" I would imagine the writers and cast were as divided as the fans were on that sketch. Just a theory. Where's my book? I need to look that up to see if I'm right. I think Jay said something about getting pissed at all the people who tell him they hate that sketch. FUCK! I've gotta clean my house and see what that book is buried under.
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Pre-Taped Call In Show was the smartest, wittiest, most brilliant comedy sketch ever written. Why so? Because when you start thinking about it, if some dumbass really did a pre-taped call in show, that could actually happen! Plus, of course, David Cross was hilarious.

Ooops! Was this the thread for least favorite sketch?

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I'd say the Car Wash Coin Thieves sketch was my least favorite. Too long and driven out.
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I'm also not too fond of the Anne Frank sketch, and the Queen at the party thing.

Jeepers Creepers is great, man. And Farting Gary is hilarious, with all its layers.
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I've heard a lot of people say they didn't like F.F. Woodycook, but I fucking love that sketch.

I think someone posted this link awhile back on this forum, it's about the real guy the sketch is based on. Oh, man, that shit is so funny.

http://defence4u.com/bittenbinder.html
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. It's not that farting isn't funny (I think it is) it's the ridiculous idea that some one could build a whole comedy act and even an entire sitcom around it.
There was a guy who went to Just For Laughs in Montreal who farted. That was his whole gig. That's where David got the idea. That may have been a joke in the commentary but I wouldn't put it past those french audiences. Puppetrey of the penis... need i say more?

Does US television run "Just For Laughs" re-runs? We have them everyday....so terrible.
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In the Detroit area, we get the CBC out of Windsor. It bugs me to hear people ask from time to time why Canadians are so funny, Sighting SCTV and The Kids in the Hall and certain comedians. Canada is a BIG fucking place! It's like anyplace else in that they're gonna have a few standouts and a shitload of awful, awful stuff! Seeing shit like "Codco" and "This Hour has 22 Minutes" and those "Just for Laughs" things and those stand-up specials... just some TERRIBLE stuff!!! I remember Bud Friedman used to have this show on the Comedy World radio network, I think it was called "Conversations with Friends" or something like that. I missed the beginning of this conversation, but I think they were talking about some Canadian connection to "An Evening at the Improv" which necessitated them dealing with "Canadian content" laws. So they needed to have, I think, 10% Canadian acts. But the ones they were given were, apparently, AWFUL. So they got around it by filming the acts, then editing them out of the broadcast. Someone please correct me if they know this to be factually inaccurate, or if you can shed more light on it or whatever.

By the way, maybe I'm the only one who noticed this but I was watching the unaired pilot of "Upright Citizens Brigade" which was shot with a live studio audience and it struck me as having a distinctly Canadian vibe. The BAD kind of Canadian vibe, not that cool KitH kind of vibe. They acknowledged in the commentary that it didn't really work for their show. It just felt like people were WAY too enthusiastic about characters that they'd probably never seen before (unless maybe they were UCB Theater regulars). They were cheering for these characters as if they were familiar recurring characters like The Church Lady or something. Cringe inducing!

Hey, what ever happened to The Frantics? I remember laughing my ass off at that when it came out, but I was in eighth grade (or "grade eight" ) at the time. I kind of doubt it would hold up if I were to see it today, but I am curious to see it again. "BOOT TO THE HEAD!"
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They had a show called "Four on the Floor" which was a sketch comedy show. They made famous the character "Mr. Canoehead". It had some really shitty stuff (like Mr. Canoehead) but it had some really smart shit too. It probably didn't air for more than one or two years in the late 80's. (early 90's?)

I was pretty young so I can't remember much. They had the "Boot to the head" skit/song in there.



Back on topic, Mr. Show bad sketch:

Mom and Pop Porno shop... pretty weak on it's own, a few chuckles for dirty jokes. I think the premise was good, the sketch wasn't as good. I bet they laughed their asses of when they came up with the idea.

Bob Odenkirk's lounge singer...what's his name....that was pretty weak.

Ronnie Dobbs was pretty weak too. Especially when they are in the studio...

Ofcourse they are all better than what I've got for my HBO sketch comedy show... except for maybe my sketch about Saddam Hussein and Nicole Richie hiding in a bunker together... that's pretty awesome.
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if you want the skit to be good, and i mean SNL or possibly (if youhave the raw wit) MADTV funny, but bush in there. only hilarity inits purest form can ensue
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Ronnie Dobbs was pretty weak too. Especially when they are in the studio...
Wow, I could not disagree more.
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