Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Opinions are Worthless: Why I Like MadTV Part 1

Unless you're fourteen years old, defending MadTV is a losing proposition. But I'm finally going to come out of the closet and just admit that I like the show. Even if it means my opinions are now null and void in the eyes of comedy nerds (While I'm at it, I might as well confess to the fact that I never understood the appeal of Achewood, I find Demetri Martin to be insufferably smug and Wes Anderson's films are comedies for people who find laughter to be dirty and needless. There, now go ahead and invalidate any opinion I have. I fucking deserve it).

Admittedly, the show does beat annoying concepts into the ground and their pop-cultural parodies only reinforce most people's negative views of parody. But more often than not, some funny characters and ideas do materialize in between the endless Stewart sketches. This flailing stand-up comedian - as portrayed by the severely underrated Crista Flanagan - is one of those funny characters. In fact, it's too good for MadTV. It's a character that's probably better suited for the darker and weirder sensibilities of Tim and Eric's Awesome Show: Great Job!


  1. The first couple seasons Patton Oswalt wrote for the show and some of the SCTV people were involved at one point. It was better then. Like SNL and some of the 'Scary Movie's, the actors are better than the material they perform.

  2. Patton Oswalt seems really embarrassed with his association to MadTV which is ironic considering that he wrote Gump Fiction one of the show's best remembered sketches.

    And yes, I completely agree with you about the cast of MadTV (and Scary Movie and SNL).