Sketch show formats



  • Sunday 11th July 2010, 3:38pm [Edited]
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 231 posts

What sketch shows do you think have the best format? Theere is the format where there is a bit of stand-up with sketchs in between, sketches runing into each other like Python. The Fast Show type format. Or ones where there is a thread runing through and the skeches fit togeter like The Day Today or Brass Eye. Some have running gags or catchphrases. What do you think works best?



  • Sunday 11th July 2010, 4:50pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,563 posts

I'm not sure that either Brass Eye or The Day Today are sketch shows - they just chop about due to the nature of what they're satirising.

Of late, I have rather enjoyed the stand-up/sketch mix, particularly in The Omid Djalili Show - there's a certain warm tone to them that I like. The themed, high-concept shows (No Signal, The Kevin Bishop Show) tend to be patchier and less engaging because of the way they've limited themselves.

But there's certainly space for all.