Which show was funnier: SNL, Mad TV or Chappelle's Show?

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  1. acemachine26

    acemachine26 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I never found SNL funny apart from a skit here and there. They always had the big celebrities hosting the show but I never understood the appeal. Mad TV was always funnier to me with Chappelle's Show being a close second. Another one of my favourites was Key & Peele who used to be part of the Mad TV cast.
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  2. Exile On My Street

    Exile On My Street Forum Resident

    Long Island, NY
    Chappelle was hilarious but Mad TV certainly had plenty of good moments. How does one choose between Rick James and Fireman Bill?
  3. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

    They all had peaks and valleys. :shrug:
  4. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    The early classic years of Saturday Night Live (with John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Lorraine Newman, etc) were incredibly funny.

    They set the template for many contemporary comedy TV ensemble shows.
  5. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    For me...I loved John and Danny immediately, that October 1975 night. Bought the DVDs for the first 5 seasons.
    Chappelle...funny as hell, looking forward to the new Netflix special, Sunday night.
    Mad TV, had it's moments.
  6. acemachine26

    acemachine26 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yes the early years of SNL definitely had quality content but over the years its gone down the drain in my opinion. I haven't laughed even once at any of the more recent episodes.
  7. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Fireman Bill was on "In Living Color". That show, and "House of Buggin'" both had their moments.

    I vote for Chapelle, maybe just because he never wore out his welcome.
  8. Exile On My Street

    Exile On My Street Forum Resident

    Long Island, NY
    Oh crap, you're right! That should have been included in the OP.

    My choice is also Chapelle then.
  9. Damien DiAngelo

    Damien DiAngelo Forum Resident

    Michigan, USA
  10. Dr. Bogenbroom

    Dr. Bogenbroom I'm not a Dr. but I play one on SHTV

    Salt Lake City
    Chapelle's Show.
    SNL has too many misses for me. I don't watch the show...just some highlights.
    I'd rather see Mad TV back on regularly.
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  11. NaturalD

    NaturalD Forum Resident

    Boston, Mass., USA
    SNL filling an hour+ every week (subtracting music and ads) always had a lot of weak material, in whatever "classic" era you prefer. Chappelle's Show, with maybe 6 hours of material for an entire season, crafted over a year or more, is a lot more solid and holds up better. (Can't say a lot about MAD-TV which went under my radar)
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  12. Wingman

    Wingman Bored of the Rings

    Chapelle by a long shot.
  13. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    With it’s constantly changing cast spanning over several decades, Saturday Night Live has evolved and changed throughout the years; with several seasons, shows, casts, skits, and characters that have ranged from amazingly hilarious comedic genius to desperately, predictable pathetic sad dross.
    And everything inbetween.

    Unless your thread intend is to compare complete entire runs of the various shows you mentioned, some responses may evaluate latter day SNL as the show’s benchmark, and basic standard of quality.

    (Let’s see other shows sustain any type of high comedic quality past one decade, let alone several...)

    To me, the first few years of SNL and later incarnations are all different animals, thus more difficult to judge as on entire entity.
  14. Thwacko

    Thwacko Forum Resident

    Fort Mill, SC
    There was a period in the very late 90's to early 2000s where MadTV was much funnier than the same period of SNL. My wife and I stopped watching SNL around that period and watched MadTV instead, and except for some highlights here and there during the Tina Fey era, we haven't returned to it. We got so tired of everyone tripping over each other's lines and mugging for the camera, and the dead audiences.

    Unfortunately the much of the MadTV stuff we enjoyed then hasn't aged well.
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  15. Zep Fan

    Zep Fan Sounds Better with Headphones

    N. Texas
    I've never laughed harder than at some of the things Dave Chappelle did on his show.

    Mad TV had some outstanding bits.

    But that said, overall, through all of the years of SNL, I've had more laughs, than from Chappelle and Mad TV.

    IOW, my Highlight reel would have more on it from SNL, than from Chappelle and Mad TV.
  16. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Mad TV had "Stuart", which negates and offsets anything funny they may have aired. The Stuart sketches were insufferable.
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  17. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    The old ('75 - '80) SNL was funny (imo). Don't watch anymore.
  18. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Kids In The Hall (90's) was funny too.
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  19. costerdock

    costerdock Forum Resident

    Prescott, AZ, USA
    I thought Fridays was better than the SNL at the time.
  20. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Forum Resident

    Bakersfield, CA
    For sketch comedy, there has never been anything funnier than the Chappelle Show... too bad it didn't last long.
  21. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma Forum Resident

    East Bay, Ca
    50 Helens agree.
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  22. KeninDC

    KeninDC Forum Resident

    Virginia, USA
    I am crushing your head.

  23. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Thanks for the laugh. Those guys were great. :righton:
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  24. dmiller458

    dmiller458 Forum Resident

    Midland, Michigan
  25. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Picking nits alert!! It was Fire Marshall Bill. . . It was too funny a skit to warrant a demotion. huuuuuuge fan of "In Living Color" back in the day
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