4 Reasons Sketch Comedy is Making A Killer Comeback

Take Instagram, a sketch about three friends playfully teasing one another on social media.  What’s more fun that seeing impish Vanessa Bayer spew a profanity-laden ode to brunch. Her two best pals? “If they died tomorrow, no one would shed a tear.”

 No wonder I Think You Should Leave has been renewed for a third season.

One word: Netflix.

Sketch comedy shows that have aired on Netflix in the past two or three years?  In addition to I Think You Should Leave, there’s Documentary Now!, Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun, The Iliza Schlesinger Sketch Show, Middleditch and Schwartz, Astronomy Club, The Who Was? Show, and the NSFW animated madness of Love, Death, and Robots.

So that’s more sketch comedy shows than … any combination of network sketch comedy shows ever?  

Netflix isn’t the only streamer showing us sketch, but they may be the biggest reason behind the renaissance. We’re buying stock, subscriber numbers be damned.

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Matt Solomon