Magazine article Variety

Comedies for a Sketchy World

Magazine article Variety

Comedies for a Sketchy World

Article excerpt

"THE TRACEY ULLMAN Show" bows Oct. 28 on HBO after airing on the BBC earlier this year. In the half-hour show, the sketch-comedy queen casts her sharp eye on the times, with archetypal characters such as a feminist politician who bares her soul, and then some, to get a bill passed. "Ullman" comes at a time when Peak TV has yielded several sketch shows. Here's a sampling.

Documentary Now!

IFC

"Saturday Night Live" alums Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers mount elaborate parodies of documentary films, complete with high-minded intros from Helen Mirren.

Netflix Presents: The Characters

Netflix

Eight emerging comedians are given a blank slate and asked to create the 30-minute sketch show of their dreams.

Drunk History

Comedy Central

The Gary Sanchez Prods. gang has stretched what could have been a one-offgag into four seasons (and counting), with comics and actors re-enacting history as told by drunk people. …

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