MAD TV is the Summer comedy you should be watching
If you remember “MADtv,” the FOX Network’s Emmy-winning sketch comedy show from the mid-nineties through 2009, you’ll remember the love we shared for great impressions and how great it was that a faltering “SNL” finally had some competition on Saturday Nights.
Now, 7 years and a different network have revived the series, taking up right where it left off. A new cast, consisting of some talented people you’ve probably never heard of. But they’re incredibly talented with backgrounds ranging from “The Groundlings,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Last Comic Standing,” “First Impressions with Dana Carvey” and stand-up comedy across the globe. Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray, along with members of the previous cast along as guest stars each week, offer great impre
ssions and comedy again.
There have been many shows that have attempted to compete with SNL over the years, namely “In Living Color” and “Talk Show with Spike Feresten.” MADtv was different, because it didn’t have a live feel to it, but it won 5 Emmys and in its initial run, had 321 episodes. It also brought us the great Will Sasso, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Nicole Sullivan, among others.
So far, there have been 3 episodes and there’s a repeat on next week, so it’s not getting the publicity needed, but it’s been really funny. Some highlights include the throwback skits from the original series, the Jeff Goldblum commercial for ShopCo that just turns into a rambling foray into an insane lecture derailment about hotdogs. There’s also the opening where Bobby Lee reveals that he never left the show and he’d been living in the building the entire time, feasting on the remains of a former cast member. Oprah returns (Debra Wilson) with her pals to push their Weight Watchers diet plan and the new cast spoofs the “State Farm” insurance commercials with what the agents would really be doing when they’re suddenly transported to the scene of a car accident.
The show airs on Tuesday nights at 9/8c on the CW, but can also be viewed online at cwtv.com.