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MADtv is a one hour long sketch comedy series that aired for 14 seasons. The show had a different feel and presentation than any other sketch comedy series and was very successful during its run. The show took its title from the popular magazine. The show often, but not always, had a celebrity guest host or musical performer. Its content included a series of live action sketches, animated shorts, movie parodies and faux television commercials.

Some of the reoccurring characters gained a huge cult following. Frank Calliendo performed several skits impersonating such figures as John Madden. Will Sasso performed a dead on impersonation of Randy Newman that was also very popular. Doreen and Stuart Larkin, played by Mo Collins and Michael McDonald, were two reoccurring characters that returned several times and seemed to get funnier each time out. Doreen has a thick mid-western accent and Stuart is her constantly confused son. In each of these comedy sketches Stuart often creates some type of trouble. When another person is around that bothers Stuart he kicks at them and has to be scolded by Doreen. Each sketch with the Larkin's usually resulted in Stuart ending up pant less. Cabana Chat was a hilarious sketch performed by Mary Scheer. In that sketch, Scheer played the over-tanned and over-sexed talk show host who had her very own pool boy. Phil LaMarr played Jack, a hyperactive delivery driver. Nicole Sullivan created a reoccurring character that was popular for being very unpopular. She played Kathy The Vancome Lady Wajonowski and was the very first character to be repeated. Probably the most popular character in the show was Alex Borstein's Ms. Swan. Ms. Swan was a character that was an over the top Asian stereotype. She worked as a manicurist and had numerous memorable catch phrases.

They also launched the careers of many stand up comedians, comedy writers, show hosts and improvisational comic actors. Some of the other alumnus of MadTV includes, Bobby Lee, Crista Flanigan, Bryan Callen, Artie Lange, Orlando Jones, David Herman, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ike Barinholtz, Debra Wilson, Pat Kilbane and Aries Spears.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on The CW
16 Seasons, 333 Episodes - Currently Airing
October 14, 1995
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  • Showcasing some of the series' best parodies interwoven with new material.

  • Showcasing some of the series' best parodies interwoven with new material.

  • Showcasing some of the series' best parodies interwoven with new material.

  • New performers include: Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.

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