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Meet the Cast of The CW’s ‘MADtv’ Revival

In April, The CW announced that a MADtv revival was in the works, and today they revealed the full cast. According to TV Line, the revival premieres on Tuesday, July 26th at 9:00pm, and former MADtv cast members will make appearances throughout [...]

By Megh Wright

The CW Orders a Primetime ‘MADtv’ Revival

If you thought MADtv was dead, think again, because today Deadline reports that the CW has revived the former Fox sketch series by ordering eight hourlong episodes that will air as a primetime show. The CW's version will feature an all-new cast [...]

By Megh Wright

The CW Will Air a ‘MADtv’ 20th Anniversary Special Next Month

Now that Saturday Night Live's anniversary special has come and gone, another major network sketch show is set to celebrate its time on the air next month. According to TV Line, The CW has announced that an hourlong special called MADtv 20th [...]

By Megh Wright

Watch Stephnie Weir Do a Live Psychic Reading at Second City in 1998

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their [...]

By Megh Wright

11 Shows That Went Head-to-Head With ‘SNL’ and Lost

Saturday Night Live is an institution that has been considered overrated and underrated since its debut in 1975, always provoking debate, always somewhere on the minds of everyone in the comedy world, and subsequently and most importantly of [...]

By Roger Cormier

8 of MADtv’s Most Memorable Characters

For 14 seasons, Fox's MADtv served as the top sketch comedy show alternative to SNL and helped launch the careers of Artie Lange, Michael McDonald, Alex Borstein, Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and many others, not to mention former writers [...]

By Megh Wright

Looking Back at MADtv

MADtv was created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small, two writers from In Living Color, Fox's first sketch show. It's very easy to see MADtv as Fox's follow up to In Living Color. Both shows were directed (at least initially) towards black and Latino [...]

By Carleton Atwater

‘MADtv’ Canceled

Fox's 'SNL' competitor, 'MADtv,' won't be returning for a fifteenth season next year.

By Lane Brown

Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein: The Set List

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Remember yesterday, when Cindy Adams claimed that Jerry Springer the Opera had defiled the "holy temple" of Carnegie Hall? That the performance was "despicable, debasing, disgusting, degrading, dehumanizing, revolting," etc? Well, we only wish she had been at Carnegie Hall last night. The downtown comedy club Comix set up a musical revue there, with proceeds to benefit the Writers Guild, starring Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and MadTV star Alex Borstein. It was riotous. Janeane Garofalo did some stand-up to introduce the pair (while also introducing the theory that if pristine screen goddess Natalie Portman were to ever defecate, the result would be rushed to Magnolia Bakery to make delightful "confections"), and then MacFarlane and Borstein took the stage to sing a song for every letter of the alphabet. They described the lineup as akin to "listening to a retard's iPod." Below, we have their set list. Remember, MacFarlane and Borstein voice many of the characters on Family Guy, and MacFarlane's actual everyday voice is that of Brian, the alcoholic dog. Anyway, for diehard fans, here's what you missed: A. The theme from Animal House B. "But I'm Yours," from Family Guy C. "Call Me" by Blondie, as sung by Borstein's MadTV character Ms. Swan D. "Don't Stop Believin'" E. "Edelweiss" [Ed: This is where it all began to go downhill.] Borstein interrupted MacFarlane to say that, as a Jew, she didn't like how this song glorified the Austrians' role in WWII. MacFarlane considered this, and then replied, "Carnegie Hall is not the place to bring your fucking Hebrew baggage."