I was a longtime fan of MAD TV. Unlike SNL, whose format (celebrity guests reading cue cards) has become very stale (with some exception),  MAD TV always seemed to put funny first. Sure, celebrities might show up, but the real joy was watching a talented cast of very different comics creating actually funny characters and sketches and parodies and improv bits that riffed on pop culture and were just awesome.

I was not a big fan of the early years, but everything after 2000 was a lot of fun. So, naturally I was bummed when the show got canned after fourteen years, especially since the last cast was starting to gel with new folks and veterans. But it’s also great to see the cast members go off and do movies and TV and theater. Nicole Parker was in WICKED. Matt Braunger, Bobby Lee and Arden Myrin are rocking Chelsea Lately. Christa Flanagan was on a few episodes of MAD MEN (though I hope she finds her own show, she was a master of creating those funny-uncomfortable moments in sketches which make you wince and laugh at the same time, and her webshow HOPE IS EMO, brought to you by the nuts behind ASK A NINJA, was awesome).

Now, two of my faves are getting their own show: Jordan Peele and Keegan-Micahel Key!


Looks like it will be sketch comedy, which is terrific. Fingers crossed it gets a chance to fly.



About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at
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