MADtv: Perfectly Adequate Sketch Comedy

Fox bought the rights to iconic Mad Magazine in 1995 and decided to use the brand to start a sketch-comedy show, much like National Lampoon had done in the seventies. And, just like that comedy brand, Madtv suffered in comparison to the gorilla in the room: Saturday Night Live. Nonetheless, the show lasted 14 seasons and nurtured comedic talent that has gone on to bigger and better things, such as writer Patton Oswalt (the first writer hired for the show), and Keegan-Michael Key.

An Oral History of MADtv, the Sketch Show That Never Quite Changed Comedy, 5.18.16