The list of the funniest sketches of all time continues today with a snappy selection of the sublime to the ridiculous.Here are the sketches from 70 to 61…
In case you missed it:
70. Schweddy Balls – Saturday Night Live
The Schweddy Balls sketch is essentially a dick joke filtered via a pitch perfect parody of a National Public Radio show. But juvenile humour has its place on a list like this too. Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon (my favourite cast member at the time on SNL) play it so wonderfully straight. There is a lovely moment near the end where Molly Shannon nearly breaks but keeps it together. Juvenile, yes. Silly, yes. Funny, hell yeah.
69. Cute House - The Dress Up Gang
Sometimes great comedy is about unexpected contrasts. This sketch does this with a simple conceit and then delivers that one-note gag over and over. The sketch is maybe a bit too long but I’m a total sucker for this kind of humour that gets funnier through repetition. It’s so fuckin’ cute.
68. Sharing a Lyft - Conan O'Brien, Ice Cube & Kevin Hart
Conan O’Brien is a genius and easily my favourite late night host. For whatever reason I adore his particular brand of foolishness, whether it is his writing on The Simpsons & SNL or his many skits & segments on his late night shows. This particular segment from his show is so simple and so funny. Send a camera crew out to follow Conan, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart for the day driving around LA and see what happens. It’s no surprise that they all have fantastic chemistry and banter, but it is Conan, who keeps playing up his idiot persona, that serves up genuine laugh out loud moments. This video truly never fails to make me smile.
67. Falconhoof - Limmy's Show
Limmy’s Show from Kevin Limond is an absolutely bonkers sketch show. Limmy feels truly unique, and his observational eye feels uniquely Scottish. This Falconhoof sketch lampoons a late night tv phone-in game and gets the details beautifully right, as well as adding a ridiculously over the top Scottish twist to it. I properly roared with laughter the first time I saw it. One of a kind, although thankfully there’s actually more than one Falconhoof sketch.
66. Voice Recognition Lift - Burnistoun
Sticking with all things Scottish. This is such a clever sketch about what happens when modern technology meets an impenetrable Scottish accent. Simple and superbly done. Top drawer comedy.
65. Star Trek: The Wrath of Farrakhan - In Living Color
In Living Color was an amazing, influential sketch show with an embarrassment of riches in the cast. This sketch is a great example of the show’s ability to juxtapose popular culture with social commentary, while still being preposterously over the top and silly at the same time. Carrey’s gurning impression of William Shatner is a thing to behold, and Damon Wayans’ Louis Farrakhan is the perfect deadpan complement. It’s the kind of sketch where you imagine they came up with the name and it almost writes itself after that.
64. Going For An English - Goodness Gracious Me
I never saw Goodness Gracious Me when it aired, but I’ve been a fan of the performers on different shows they have done. This is a clever little sketch that manages to lampoon British late night culture with perfect precision. How can you not love a sketch with the line: “What’s the blandest thing on the menu?
63. Who's On First - Abbott & Costello
Old school classic wordplay from Abbott & Costello. Still one of the most well known comedy routines of all time and with good reason. Yet another entry on the list that relies on crisp, clever writing as its foundation. Who’s on first? Indeed.
62. Bradley Cooper: Between Two Ferns - Zach Galifianakis
Between Two Ferns is a thing of slow, gentle, quirky genius. Zach Galifiianakis has expert delivery. Bradley Cooper plays along really well. Deliberately awkward as hell. And the way this escalates is terrific. And that final cut to the credits is comedy timing of the highest order.
61. Night Before Christmas - Drunk History
If you havent watched Drunk History yet, do yourself a favour. The conceit is super simple. Get the host drunk and ask them to tell a story as best they can. Then get super famous actors to re-enact the drunken storytelling verbatim. This Christmas Special featuring some A-list actors, and it really shouldn’t work but it really does because of the po-faced delivery.