Baby Bitch thinks The Simpsons is the funniest show ever. I can only assume her youth and inexperience caused her to neglect The Kids In The Hall.
Sorry VP, but I’m with BB on this one. KITH was funny and all, but the Simpsons had Homer surviving a nuclear holocaust and fighting mutant skin-eating Moe. KITH had, well, Dave Foley in drag.
Homer reigns supreme…
Oh come on. “Run, Sex Boy, run!” Buddy Cole. Scott Thompson picking up guys at the Leafs game. “My mother’s a pink head!” Forty Helens agree that KITH rocks.
Uh Uh….. Simpsons rule. Barney should probably have his own spinoff by now but then the politics start up and… well you know how these “actors” get. Next thing you know maggie wants her own show. sheesh… Gotta love syndicaton!
The Simpsons produces some of the biggest laughs, but KITH sticks with you for life. I’ll never get the image of the Chicken Lady out of my head. Also, the song “These Are the Daves I Know” is imprinted on my brain forever.
Some of them are Davids
But most of them are Daves
Hey, these are the Daves I know I know
These are the Daves I know
I crush your skull!
Next time you’re at a party, for no particular reason, say in a loud, false falsetto, “…because he was swwwwwwweaty.”
Those who laugh are probably around 30 years old, and undeniably hip.
Or at least we would be hip, if we weren’t still clinging to a long-defunct sketch comedy show.
And I’m not putting down The Simpsons. They just never had a grinning, blood-soaked Dave Foley say, “Hi, I’m an axe murderer.”
The Simpsons are vastly overrated. Matt Groenig is too dark, bitter, cynical, and idiotarian (see, e.g., “Life in Hell” during Gulf War I) to make a funny cartoon. (Or a funny anything.)
Best cartoon ever: “Duck Amok” by Chuck Jones. Honorable mention: “One Froggy Evening,” by same.
Here’s all for another episode of ‘Screw you taxpayer!”. A round of “girl drinks” for all.
Love the Simpsons, Love the kids.
Gotta stick up for Python, here.
No, you don’t!
Yes, I do!
No, you don’t!!
Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position!
Yes, but that isn’t just the automatic gainsaying of what the other says!!
Yes, it IS!!!
(Stop me, before I go off)
This is the kind of debate that I just love to see. Not that it will ever be settled; the partisans minds are made up, and that’s perfectly fine. I just love both shows.
But I do have an announcement:
I’m sorry for causing all that cancer. I just got carried away.
Both are excellent candidates, but any auch conversation as this should at least give token consideration to The Young Ones.
Simpsons crushes the Kids’ under its steel boot of hilarity. End of story.
I really like KITH (if I had Comedy Central I would watch them every day), but even in the sketch comedy realm, in terms of per capita (per episoda?) laughs and sheer brilliance, they fall behind Mr. Show.
But still uproariously funny.
“Well, I have a hacksaw…”
“Oooh, I’m an axe-murder.”
What about Fawlty Towers?
I second Pete S.
Fawlty Towers is the only TV show that can constantly make me laugh so hard and long that I get tears in my eyes and sharp pain in my abdomen. Not that the Simpsons or KITH aren’t funny, they are.
Michael Morley – vastly overrated? Everyone I know loves the show. I think the term you’re looking for is ‘not for me’. An overrated show doesn’t stay popular for a dozen years.
Oh, and Blackadder 2-4. Why on earth Rowan Atkinson thought Mr. Bean was a better idea is still something that eludes me.
I must also respectfully disagree. Much as I love the Kids, the Simpsons are to TV comedy as the Beatles are to music.
“I once shot a man just to watch him die. Then I got distracted, and missed it.”
Well, someone has to say it: Mystery Science Theater 3000. Simply the most hilarious show in the entire history of television.
Simpsons is a close second.
I have fond memories of SCTV but haven’t seen it in decades. The Young Ones is up there as well.
SCTV was the show. My favorite sketches were “Love of Chair” (no I don’t know why — stop looking at me like that!) and Count Floyd’s “Monster Chiller Horror Theater.”
The Young Ones were also one of my favorites. I’ve never been able to look at lentils the same way — and every time I see one of these Concerned Activists pontificating on tv, I flashback to Rik, the People’s Poet.
Simpsons has it for longevity and consistency (screw you guys, the David Mirkin era was brilliant). I’d consider Python, Fawlty Towers, SCTV, Mr. Show, Upright Citizens, and South Park as serious contenders LONG before I’d think of KitH as a challenger.
Fank you People’s Poet!
Yeah, I forgot about Mr. Show. That belongs on the A-list as well.
The only really funny thing I remember from the KitH is the bit about the guy who became a “girly drink” alcoholic. He’d sit at the bar all dispairing like Ray Milland in the Lost Weekend nursing a Pink Lady with umbrellas and cherries and all. . . quite funny.
“I’m on the second step!!”
That skit alone is more funny than the Simpsons, though the Simpsons is starting to make ME feel old. I laught at a reference to Logan’s Run that none of my friends understood. And we’re all the same age
For the record, it was Mark McKinney, in a black cape and vampire fangs, picking up Scott Thompson at the Leafs game.
I could tell you where I stand on this topic, or I could just mention Hecubus, Manservant of Evil / “You may be free like her, but you’re not . . . Laura!” / 30 Helens agree / the man with a cabbage for a head / “Temp!” “Slut!” / AT&Love / the chicken lady’s blind date / Francesca Fiore and Bruno Ponce-Jones / “I’m just thinking about Tony, where he is, who he’s with, is he thinking of me . . . ” / the trappers who catch Armani / Tammy / 30-second stories and y’all would figure it out.
With all due respect to Kids in the Hall, Simpsons is the unstoppable tidal wave of comedy. Kids in the Hall was quality stuff, but it doesn’t have the range of insanity that the Simpsons have.
Some of this is intrinsic to the format–the Simpsons are a cartoon and can do things that sketch comedy can’t. The Simpsons are a single fictional universe, so they can gradually develop characters like Ralph Wiggum, Kent Brockman (“CNN Washington Bureau Chief! But she’s not the boss of ME!”), Groundskeeper Willie, Mr. Van Houton, etc. with a line or two per episode for years before spotlighting them.
VodkaPundit is wrong here.
In regard to KITH:
“Ode to Menstruation”
Maybe it is an age thing (me having just turned 24), but I really never got the KITH appeal. I certainly never thought they were any funnier than Python, of which they seemed dirivative to me. Pythons had the comedy genious ratio of about 10%
Okay, since we all seem fairly like-minded as far as comedy goes (though the Simpsons kick ALL ASS), let me take this opportunity to check on something:
Am I the only one who was addicted to The State during its brief run?
I mean, I’m not exactly saying it reached the heights of Python, or even KITH for that matter, but damned if I’m not still quoting that show and longing for the day when I find it on DVD somewhere. . . .