40 Greatest Sketch-Comedy TV Shows of All Time

From Caesar to Schumer, 65 years of the Land Shark, the Chicken Lady and a bunch of Muppets

34. 'The Andy Dick Show' (2001-2002)

One of the most reckless comics alive, NewsRadio star Andy Dick briefly hit the sweet spot between Andy Kaufman and Borat Sagdiyev with this two-season sketch show on MTV in the early aughts. It's definitely a product of the times, down to its parodies of Christina Aguilera, a reimagined Marilyn Manson (as Marilyn Poppins, singing "The Beautiful Pigeons," naturally), and a Christian-rocker version of Kid Rock. Dick's fans tuned in, however, for the narcissistic reality show-style confessionals and endless meltdowns blurring the lines between documentary and celebrity trainwreck. Still, the host found tons of guest stars game for meta-commentary on the era of pop culture fetishization, including his former castmates on The Ben Stiller Show. "I took everything I learned on that show and, 10 years later, I did my version," he says. "Ben Stiller was on, and Bob Odenkirk was on at least five times. I think my show was just as funny [as Stiller's]."

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