10 Best YouTube Sketch Comedy Channels You’re Not Watching

When it comes to funny things to watch online, there is no shortage of content on YouTube.  And of the thousands upon thousands of options on the site, the sketch comedy channels are some of the funniest.

If you’re not going to YouTube for sketch comedy videos, then you are really missing out my friend.  To help you get started, here are some of the best channels for this content that you’re not watching.

1. Funny or Die
Okay, so this one you’ve probably heard of thanks to Will Ferrell.  But the truth is that there is a lot of funny going on here. My favorite is the “Between Two Ferns” recurring sketch.  But there is plenty for everyone to laugh at.

2. College Humor
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this one as a lot of their vids are geared towards men. And often at the expense of women.  However a lot of their vids are funny to watch.

3. Smoosh
If you like your comedy with a large dose of pop culture then this is the perfect place for you.

4. ForSkitsAndGiggles
Like popular music, parodies and a guy making a fool of himself? This channel has all that and more. Expect wackiness like a guy in a Batman costume singing Britney Spears. 

5. The Second City Network
If you enjoy improv comedy skits, then this channel is your new home. It features all kinds of videos from improv groups. Guaranteed to have you in giggles.
6. 5 Second Films
Got a short attention span? Then this is the perfect place for you to check out. See if these super short vids can make you laugh.

7. Barely Political
Remember the wildly popular Obama Girl video? Yeah that came from this channel.  They do a lot of funny sketches that are worth a watch.

8. Nerdist
Thisn one may surprise you but there are a lot of really funny videos on this channel. Their most popular series is All Star Celebrity Bowling.

9. UCB Comedy
Like things like SNL? Then the sketches on this channel are just what you need.

10. Epic Meal Time
If you always wondered how a crazy cooking show would translate, then this is your answer.  It’s all crazy food challenges that will give you a laugh.

Redneck Comedy At It’s Best

It goes without saying that some of the best comedians out there today are more of your general, run of the mill type of performers. You know, the ones who are just your average every day guy or gal. But what is so great about comedy is that there are also these little pockets of comedy that are really niche comedy. You have the comedians who focus on doing political routines, like Lewis Black and Bill Maher. Then you have people who focus on everyday observations like Daniel Tosh and Demetri Martin. You can even find ethnic routines, like those by George Lopez. And another popular niche is redneck comedy.

Personally, I am not really big into this particular type of comedy, even though I originally grew up in the South. Despite growing up in the South, I did not live the kind of life that was spent looking for the best place to catch some catfish or reading over three season sleeping bag reviews for an upcoming camping and hunting trip. And I didn’t do things like go mudding for fun. But, a lot of people identify with this kind of lifestyle, which is why redneck comedy is successful. And that is why the Blue Collar Comedy tour did so well.

Top Redneck Comedian Performers

Probably the most well known and successful of all the comedians in this niche is Jeff Foxworthy. The big routine that made him a household name was the “You Might Be A Redneck” bit. I admit that I even laughed at these jokes as they perfectly described some people that I know from growing up in the South. He has gone on to start in sitcoms and hot game shows. He also still tours and puts out comedy albums.

Another popular performer in this genre of comedy is Bill Engvall. He got really big back in the 1990’s with his “Here’s Your Sign” bit about people saying things that were a bit obvious. And you have to admit, it was a funny bit that he did. Like Foxworthy, Engvall also did some sitcoms and reality TV programs, in addition to comedy albums and tours.

Larry The Cable Guy is probably the most stereotypical looking redneck of the bunch. He does his shows and such wearing camo gear for his regular clothes. I know so many rednecks who do this all year long! The majorly famous bit that he does is his signature Git-R-Done! line. And yes, I know people who have talked like this for their entire lives – it’s not just a stereotype.

Ron White is probably my favorite of the bunch of these guys. As soon as I saw his comedy special “They Call Me Tater Salad.” He is wildy hystericaly and a little bit more of a trouble maker than the rest of these guys. Definitely a funny guy.  He has also done sitcoms on TV in addition to do regular comedy show tours and releasing albums and specials for fans to check out.

Comedians and Their Dogs

Just like there are countless collections of photos of famous writers and their cats, comedians are also partial to some furry four-legged pets. Only, it seems that comedians tend to overwhelmingly prefer to own dogs. So, check out some of the top comedians and their pets in the collection of images below.

Sarah Silverman and dog Duck

Sarah Silverman and dog Duck

Seth Meyers, girlfriend and pup

Seth Meyers, girlfriend and pup

Joan Rivers and her 2 dogs

Joan Rivers and her 2 dogs

Maria Bamford and dogs

Maria Bamford and dogs

Adam Sandler and his dog

Adam Sandler and his dog

Betty White and dog

Betty White and dog

Ellen DeGeneres and lots of dogs!

Ellen DeGeneres and lots of dogs!

Janeane Garofalo and pet

Janeane Garofalo and pet

These are just some of the well known comedians who are regularly photographed with their pets. As you can see, they are just like you and me when it comes to making a lovable little furball part of the family. Granted some of these comedians are likely making enough money that they get to pay someone to clean up all the pet hair in the house instead of having to vacuum it up on their own like me. Either way, one thing is clear – comedians love their pets and they are primarily dogs instead of cats. Maybe cause dogs give you more things to laugh at? I mean, they do sniff other dogs butts!

Starting Your Own Comedy Podcast

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Christopher Michel [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A great way to gain visibility as a new or up and coming comedian is with your very own comedy podcast. If you take a look at the podcasts in the iTunes store, then you will notice that this is a very popular trend.

People enjoy listening to podcasts while driving or commuting to work, doing housework or working out. Sometimes, I even listen to new podcasts while doing mindless work during the day.

Anyone can start their own comedy podcast as the equipment needed in minimal and anyone can upload their audio podcast files to iTunes or another hosting place.

To get started, you first need to get yourself some good gear. This will be a microphone to record the podcast and a computer to edit the audio files. You can get some great gear recommendations on this site to get your home podcast studio up and running.

As for audio file editing software, you can use the free Audacity software as it is easy to use and is perfect for the job. Of course, you can buy other programs but there is really no need.

Now, you will need a quiet place to record the podcast so that you don’t get any reverb or other weird background noises. The cheap way to do this can also be found on the same audio tips site, which is using a blanket over your head in a closet. Sounds silly, but really does result in quality sound on your podcast recording.

Probably the only thing worse than not being funny on your comedy podcast is having terrible sound quality that no one wants to listen to the entire thing.

Once you are ready to record your podcast, just set up a website for yourself (if you don’t already have one) to market it. And make a schedule of how often you will post new episodes. Choose something that you WILL stick to so that people will know when they can find the next installment of it.

Over time, you will build up an audience, which will help you sell tickets at your live shows as well as comedy albums that you can sell on your own website.

And if you haven’t listened to any comedy podcasts before today, Paste Magazine did a list in Dec. 2013 of the best ones out there. Find it here. Give a few of them a listen and see if you can identify what they all have in common that makes them popular, then focus on that for your podcast. Good luck!

Best HBO Comedy Specials of All Time

Many of the best HBO specials aired decades ago, but they are still watched and remembered today. For many great comedians, specials like these represented the turning points in their careers. Many of these specials are helping the comedians in question get new fans, even when some more recent HBO comedy specials have already faded out of the public’s consciousness.

Eddie Murphy’s 1983 HBO special Delirious was what truly turned Eddie Murphy into a household name. The special managed to combine some very raunchy humor with some darkly absurd humor. Eddie Murphy literally swore hundreds of times during the special, and yet his take on children and ice cream trucks is one of the parts that most of his fans remember today.

Dana Carvey scored a big and memorable hit with his 1995 HBO special Critic’s Choice. The comedians of the 1990s were known for their keen observational humor, and in this special, Dana Carvey managed to deliver some of the best observational humor of the decade. Many music fans will also still appreciate his singer-songwriter parodies. Dana Carvey’s skill with impersonations was prominently displayed during hisCritic’s Choice special. It’s quite possible that as a result of this special, many people started referring to the HBO channel as ‘hobo,’ just like Dana Carvey famously did here.

In 1990, comedienne Paula Poundstone gave a hilarious performance in her HBO special Cats, Cops, and Stuff. On stage, Paula Poundstone had a down-to-earth persona that allowed her to connect with audiences very well, easily bridging the gap and making people comfortable enough to laugh. Given Paula Poundstone’s impressive presence on Twitter, neither Paula Poundstone nor any of her best comedy specials will be forgotten any time soon. Since Twitter has made the gap between celebrities and their fans even smaller, Paula Poundstone’s down-to-earth persona should only become more effective.

George Carlin is one of the most famous stand-up comedians of all time, and his 1999 HBO special You Are All Diseased contains some of his most memorable and well-known comedic material. Carlin managed to cover a very wide range of topics in this HBO special, including advertising, religion, family, and cigars. Some of Carlin’s humor here was edgy and political, and some of it was cynical and instructive. You Are All Diseased is highly rated among Carlin’s long-time fans, and it’s a good choice for people that are looking for a good introduction to George Carlin’s comedy.

Best Comedy Movies of All Time

The best American comedic movies of all time are Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Breakfast Club, Dumb and Dumber, and Office Space.

Blazing Saddles (1974) is a western movie that takes place in the little town of Rock Ridge. Rock Ridge is an obstacle in the way of Hedy Lamar, who wants to build a railroad in its place. He is determined to do whatever it takes to force the people of the town to leave. Blazing Saddles is great because it covers a wide spectrum of issues that us as viewers should not be laughing at like racism, the brutality of animals, the KKK, and many other religious/political subjects. Mel Brooks presents these issues in a way that is clever and gives us comedic scenes like the bad guys waiting at a toll to get to Rock Ridge, the heroes’ plan to trap the bad guys in the town to blow them up, showing rag dolls flying in the air with the town of cardboard, and lets not forget the most memorable scene of the film when both sides are fighting outside the picture and into the Warner Brother studios lot.

Young Frankenstein (1974) is a comedic take on Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. Young Frankenstein is trying to move out of the shadows of his family name, but he puts this aside when he finds his grandfather’s notes about reanimation. He creates a monster with the assistance of his friends Igor and Inga. When the monster escapes, it’s up to Frankenstein to find him. During the monster’s adventures, the village people chase him with pitchforks. By the end of the film the monster and Elizabeth live happily together. What makes this film great is Frankenstein’s trip to Transylvania and how short his journey was when in reality the trip was longer than it was portrayed in the film. The relationship between Frankenstein and Igor is another aspect of the film that stands out because of how Frankenstein is insistent in how his name should be pronounced “Fronk-en-steen.”

The Breakfast Club (1985) presents a group of diverse teenagers who have to spend their detention at school only to find that they are more similar than any of them realized. The Breakfast Club is a great because of how all the characters interact with each other as well as the scenes between the assistant principal Richard Vernon and “the criminal,” John Bender. John challenges authority, which pisses off the principal and causes him to yell at John for his attitude.

Dumb and Dumber (1994) shows the journey of two off the wall guys, Harry and Lloyd, who come across a briefcase and have every intention to bring it back to Aspen, CO into the hands of its rightful owner. During their journey from Rhode Island to Aspen, criminals, who want the suitcase full of cash, pursue them. Harry and Lloyd spend the ransom cash. The end of the film shows the best buddies walking home because their ride broke down. No one can forget the classic scene where Harry’s tongue gets stuck to the ski lift poll. The reason this movie is great is because it has no boundaries. Because Harry and Lloyd are stupid, they get away with so much and it’s a joy to watch them from beginning to end.

Office Space (1999) is a comedy about Peter Gibbons, a programmer, who is dissatisfied with his job. When he undergoes hypnosis, he starts to see things in a clearer light. He comes up with this plan to bring the company down with a computer program. By the end of the film the office is burned to the ground, Peter finds a satisfying job in construction, and Milton is relaxing comfortably in a Mexican resort with traveler’s checks. This film’s greatness lies in its simplicity and how people can relate to hating their jobs. The scene where Peter and his friends Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar take a printer from the office and proceed to beat it in a field with bats is a classic scene because one of the friends has to pull the other away from the machine because he gets carried away. It represents the frustration that’s been building up because of the job.

Best Comedy Clubs in Indianapolis

Morty's comedy joint

Morty’s comedy joint

The Indianapolis metro area is starting to draw in many great entertainment venues for people headed in there. Visitors may want to get a rundown of the different types of options that they have at their disposal along the way. They may want to schedule out their trip to get the best idea of the types of venues that are out on the market there. This could be a great resource for new arrivals who need to learn more about the specific options that they may have. These clubs may also make a great after dinner entertainment choice, since they often run late in to the night.

Crackers Comedy Clubs

This has quickly become one of the highest rated nightclubs in the area. This is thanks to the fact that the venue itself features all the support people need to make the most out of their stay when they arrive. Many people will also appreciate the fact that the comedy club does headline major acts on a regular basis. Some of the biggest names will be headed on stage when people arrive here soon. Guests may want to make reservations in advance, but the staff will be recommending showtimes for them. Seats can be booked just 10 minutes before the show starts, making this a flexible choice. Find it at: http://www.crackerscomedy.com/

Comedy Sportz Indianapolis

Many people enjoy this venue, thanks to the fact that it does offer people the opportunity to join in on the show. The club is perhaps most famous for its improve acts, which routinely showcase talent from around the city. This will make for a hilarious night out with friends and family, which has made this a popular choice for nearly everyone who wants to experience something new. The venue also has a fairly unique location, which will undoubtedly appeal to the sensibilities of many people out on the market. The official site is: http://indycomedysportz.com/

Mortys Comedy Joint

This last entry still deserves its reputation for being a marquee option for many people out on the market. Some people will be interested in learning more about the acts that have been slated to appear at this venue. The location still draws in some of the biggest names in the industry, helping to boost up its profile. It will remind many of the 80s era stand up clubs that had become so popular for many years. This has proven to be one of the best overall choices that people have when it comes to setting up these events. Get more info at its official site: http://www.mortyscomedy.com/

Best Stand Up Specials Of All Time

The comedy industry has grown immensely since it started with comedians such as Pete Holmes, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer amongst others gracing the audience’ presence. This has led to the emergence of various sitcoms, comedy TV shows and stand-up comedy shows. Over the years, the industry has seen its fair share of hilarious comedians. Below are some of the best stand-up specials of the all time.

Far From Finished

This is a stand-up comedy show by the famous Bill Cosby. The show had its debut in the year 2013. This is his first special in 30 years. His audiences are assured of two hours of laughter and fun. Bill uses an old fashioned theme to execute his jokes. He takes his time in developing the joke thus a perfect delivery. Seeing him on stage reminds his audience of the sitcom The Bill Cosby show and the good old times. His audience both young and old can relate to his jokes making his show a perfect family show.

We Are Miracles.

We Are Miracles is a comedy show presented by one Sarah Silverman. The show had its debut in the year 2013 showing a different side of the comedian. This show portrayed a more mature version of Sarah Silverman. This comedy show specializes mainly in religion and feminism. A side from this, her most famous characteristic, her vulgar language in the jokes makes her a necessary part of the comedy industry. Her jokes make great entertainment for adults to enjoy.

Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart’s comedy show ‘Let me explain’ had its debut in July 2013. His show was released into theaters during the same month. It was ranked the fourth highest earning comedy film of all time making up to 32 million dollars in the box office. The show was recorded at the well-known Madison Square Garden in front of thirty thousand people. The assurance that the comedy is worth watching is well proved by the amount the comedy made in the box office. This proofs that Kevin Hart truly is one of the best all time comedians. The energy he in which he performs his shows makes them very interesting.

What

The comedy show christened ‘What’ had its debut in 2013. Bo Burnham was the comedian behind this very entertaining show. Bo Burnham is a one man comedian who puts his heart and soul into his performance and jokes. Having said this, he never disappoints his audience. This is well illustrated in his show. In his show ‘What’, he uses pre-taped pieces, poems, dancing as well as music to deliver his jokes effectively.

Here and Now

Ellen DeGeneres out did herself in this show. The show is both entertaining and edgy. The show had hits of well over one million views in YouTube. Ellen has been a force to reckon with in the comedy industry. She has set the pace for women comedians as well as male comedians. Here and now is a show lasting approximately fifty three minutes giving the audience maximum entertainment.

Bring The Pain

This was a comedy show presented by Chris Rock. It had its debut in the year 1996. Chris Rock is a three time Emmy Award winner in different fields including comedy. In this show, Chris Rock does not disappoint his audience. His stage presence cannot be ignored. It enhances the performance of his jokes. His presentation is quite entertaining making his show one of the best comedies.

Comedy is a nice way to relax, enjoy your time and entertain yourself. If one is looking for the perfect place to do so, Comedy Central is one of the the best places and its comedy specials form some of the best and the funniest shows to watch.

Best Comedy Central Roasts of All Time

Comedy Central roasts are often a great time for everyone. There are few professions that are going to be better at running a roast than a comedian, after all. Here are a few of the best roasts in Comedy Central history.

Hugh Heffner

One of the reasons why this was one of the best, is because The Hef falls neatly into the category of someone who’s good to roast for comedy. First, the person has to be a good sport about it. He has to look only slightly uncomfortable here and there, but mostly waving it all off and laughing about it. Secondly, he has to have plenty of things that are good topics for ridicule, and Hefner certainly has that in spades. One of the main roasters for Hugh Hefner was Drew Carey. Other roasters included Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried and the Roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel. This roast took place in 2001.

Bob Saget

Bob Saget’s roast took place in 2008. John Stamos was the Roastmaster. One of the main other roasters was Norm Macdonald. What’s particularly funny about this roast, and Norm MacDonald’s part in particular, is it’s subtlety. Norm MacDonald makes fun of Bob in a seriously roundabout way by simply telling terribly bad jokes from a book he had gotten from his father that was called “Jokes for Retirement Parties.” What’s hilarious is the slow way the audience comes to realize that what Norm Macdonald is actually doing is poking fun of the completely awful jokes Bob told on “American’s Funniest Home Videos” throughout the years.

Donald Trump

The roast of Donald Trump was in 2011. It included roasters including Snoop Dogg. Even though Snoop Dogg isn’t technically a comic, he is capable of being funny when he wants. The main thing is that he was able to sell some of the jokes, even if they were written by someone else. Watching Snoop Dogg deliver a comedic routine is practically worth the watch all by itself. Other comics included Marlee Matlin, and the roastmaster was Seth Macfarlane.

Roseanne

This roast happened in 2012. The roastmaster was Jane Lynch. Other roasters included Jeff Ross, Katey Segal, Carrie Fisher, Amy Schumer, Gilbert Gottfried and even Wayne Brady. Roseanne’s ex-husband Tom Arnold even showed up as a surprise guest right at the end. Even though she was the one being roasted, what made the roast so great was the fact that Roseanne decided to steal the show by singing the last lines to “Star Spangled Banner” at the end of the night. She actually sang the lines for real, instead of the sarcastic bad version she did on purpose famously back in 1990.

Charlie Sheen

One of the most watched roasts of all time was the roast of Charlie Sheen in 2011. The roastmaster was Seth MacFarlane, and it included appearances from roasters like William Shatner, Jon Lovitz, Amy Schumer and even bizarrely, Mike Tyson. The introduction was played by the famous musician Slash. Needless to say, it was a pretty unique show all in all and you’re not likely to watch Mike Tyson doing a comedy routine anywhere else anytime soon.

Best Comedy Albums of 2013

Fans of stand up comedy might be wondering what they need to know when it comes to choosing the best all around albums. There were actually quite a few excellent releases to come out during the course of 2013. Choosing the best comedy albums of 2013 could be a matter of personal preference, but there were some clear winners. Fans will no doubt be interested to pick up some of the releases coming out from their favorite stand up artists. Many people will appreciate the chance to view some of the unique listings that are headed out on the market sometime soon.

3. Louis C.K., “Oh My God”

Louis C.K. is back with another album, which should prove to be popular among both new and old fans. Louis has drawn in a wide viewer base, thanks to the new television show that he has premiered. Many people will appreciate listening to this album, since it will introduce a few new lines from Louis. He will be recording some of the newest bits that he has to offer to many people out there. The album and much of its contents actually made its debut on an HBO special, but fans will want to check out how they can link up with this album soon.

2. Amy Schumer, “Mostly Sex Stuff”

The comedienne has put in a lot of work in to this album, which will undoubtedly appeal to many fans out there. Some people will appreciate that this album will provide a little insight in to her life and help people understand more about what her experiences are. The album will actually cover a surprisingly broad amount of experiences, which will help draw in many new fans. The material is wildly inappropriate, but that has added to its overall appeal in many ways.

3. Kumail Nanjiani, “Beta Male”

Many fans of alt-comedy will be interested in this release, since it will undoubtedly draw in a lot of attention from people. This could be a great way for people to get in to the alt-comedy scene, which will add to the experience people will get. This is a great debut album, which will undoubtedly appeal to the sensibilities of many new fans. The comedian will actually discuss some of the unique experiences he had growing up in a Muslim home and how it shaped his perspective. But the album has plenty to it, which will help people enjoy the experience that they get from it.