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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
15 Seasons, 333 Episodes
October 14, 1995
Cast: Michael McDonald, Debra Wilson, Aries Spears, Bobby Lee
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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.

  • 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.

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

  • Fred Willard

  • Andy Griffith 2009: The gang from Mayberry has to solve a murder CSI style. Bobby's Last Try: Bobby professes his love for Crista through song and she finally realizes her feelings for him. Anthony King#1: New Hearing Aid: Commercial which appears to be for a hearing aid but which is actually for a divorce attorney. Anthony King #2: New Cereal: Commercial which appears to be for a cereal but is actually for a divorce attorney. Sesame Street: Billy's Story: The gang from Sesame Street deals with the problem of childhood obesity. Anthony King #3: Olive Garden: Commercial which appears to be for the Olive Garden but is actually for a divorce attorney. Fave 5: The Hulk, Jessica Simpson, and Matthew McConaghey share who's in their T-Mobile Fave 5. Coach Hines: Final Straw: Coach Hines is accused of assaulting a student and must appear before the school board. Nacho at the Earth Day Rally: News report from an Earth Day rally featuring Latin joker Nacho Hernandez.

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  • Cheech & Chong

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  • Spectacularly Special Spectacular

  • MADtv 1408: I'm More Wizer, Show Open: Thunder Cloud Gives Thanks, New Action Movie, Financial Tips, Batman, Amazing Race, Coffee Twins: Joke Steal, Power, Show Close

  • Episode #1407: Kitchen Nightmares, New Music, Kitchen Nightmares Tag, Nacho at the Bank, Lap Dancing with the Stars, Serena, Lap Dancing with the Stars 2, Nacho at the Bank Tag, Guitar Hero World Tour, Bae Sung: Half-time Show, A Brittle Brit British, Lap Dancing with the Stars tag, Show Close

  • NEW TNT SHOW: "Rough Patch" is a parody of shows "The Closer" and "Saving Grace." JEFF PROBST OPEN: Special guest, Jeff Probst opens the show with a "Survivor" style presidential vote count. 3-MINUTE TAILGATE: Crista Flanagan hosts a cooking show in the parking lot of a college football game. GEICO: Parodies of "Geico" commercials with Geico customers and celebrities. COACH HINES: CONFESSIONAL: Coach Hines and his students confess to a Catholic priest played by Jeff Probst. COTTAGE LIFE: A television show about cottage life and unrequited lesbian love. NBA CARES: A commercial featuring NBA and WNBA stars Charles Barkley, Yao Ming and Lisa Leslie reading children's books to Kindergarteners. DRUNK REPORTER: Matt Braunger plays a drunk news reporter interview people on the street. JOKE DETECTIVE: Matt Braunger plays a police detective with no sense of humor nicknamed "Laughs." OUTTAKES: Outtakes and bloopers from sketches "NBA Cares," "Geico" and "Coach Hines: Confessional."

  • Episode #1405: I Love Lucy 2008, Johnny's Secret Open, Weight Smashers, Real Talk Condi, Celebrity Wedding Videographer, Farhid, Flirty News, Helga's View, Uncle Ed: Airport, Speech Writer

  • The gang host new sketches and return with some of their favorite presidents, senators and scandals, with Nicole Parker makes a debut as "Sarah Palin," Keegan-Michael Key is "Barack Obama," Erica Ash is "Michelle Obama," while Bobby Lee introduces his "John McCain" and Arden Myrin debuts her "Cindy McCain."

  • A music parody of John Mayer's songs by Matt Braugner, includes "The Jennifer Love Hewitt Song," and "Wading Through the World of Strange." Sketches include "Albania's Got Talent," and Fox News segments concerning Barack Obama.

  • Host Jerry O'Connell opens season 14. Sketches include "So You Think You Can Dance": Presidential Edition.

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