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Sketch comedy

Sketch Comedy has its origins in vaudeville and music hall, where a large number of brief but humorous acts were strung together to form a larger program. In England it moved to radio with such shows as ITMA and then television with such shows as Monty Python, Saturday Night Live and Not the Nine O'clock News[?]. Sketch comedy seems a bit out of vogue at the moment but some new sketch shows are still made.

Sketch comedy programs consist of a series of short unrelated 'sketches' rather than anything more sustained, and relatively few sketch comedy programs are successful. However, the ones that become popular often remain on air for a long period of time, and survive the test of time. The sketches are generally performed by a relatively small cast, and reuse 'stock character's in subsequent programs or sketches.

Here is a partial list of sketch comedy shows

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