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

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29. 'The Day Today' (1994)

Long before Armando Iannucci gave the world the merciless political satire Veep, he helped co-create (with Chris Morris) this incredible news-program parody that's become a cult hit among comedy nerds in the know. An offshoot of the radio program On the Hour, The Day Today combined fake-film clips, field reports, ridiculous "coverage" of events via contradictory voiceovers and surreal excursions into CNN graphics-uber-alles territory, all tied together by Morris' ridiculously over-the-top host. It wasn't a send-up of current affairs so much as a takedown of the media itself, done one sure-shot skit at a time. "It's just reveling in the sheer pomposity [of] a certain style of BBC news presentation they used to call 'The Voice of God,'" Morris told the Onion A/V Club, referring to the show's bombastic tone. "[And] that sense of authoritarian voice isn't as strong as it was." TDS only ran for a single season, but its legacy looms large: Iannucci went on to do peerless piss-takes on pomposity such as The Thick of It and Veep; Morris' next project, Brass Eye, took the faux-reporting format even further; and the series would introduce Steve Coogan's iconic character Alan Partridge to a generation of TV viewers.

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