These absurdly funny series are some of the best sketch comedy shows you can find on any streaming platform right now. The ridiculous nature of these five shows is perfect for anyone who loves to watch comedians showcase the strangest parts of their brains!
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun
This Australian-American show from Netflix stars an incredible group of sketch comedians by the names of Broden, Zach, and Mark. The three main cast members play hyperbolized versions of themselves as roommates living in a big house together–Aunty Donna’s house, we presume.
The first episode of this utterly absurd show features Broden, Zach, and Mark trying to find a new roommate after their talking dishwasher starts to question how much rent it’s been paying. Later in the episode, Zach changes the name of the guys’ Wi-Fi network to something so clever, Jerry Seinfeld himself (played by Karan Soni) visits the house to congratulate him on his comedic genius.
Other guest stars who make appearances throughout the show’s first season include Ed Helms, Scott Aukerman, and Paul F. Tompkins. The vibe of the series has been compared to both Monty Python and Tim and Eric.
This show premiered on Netflix in November of 2020, but there has been no word on whether or not they’ll be picked up for another season. I sure hope we’ll get to see more of the wild adventures the boys get into at Aunty Donna’s house!
The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show
Iliza Shlesinger has already made a name for herself as a stand-up comedian, but The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show proves she can switch comedy lanes with ease.
The 38-year-old has been crushing the stage since she won NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2008. She has an impressive five specials on Netflix: War Paint (2013), Freezing Hot (2015), Confirmed Kills (2016), Elder Millennial (2018), and Unveiled (2019).
In April of 2020, Netflix released the first season of Iliza’s sketch show, which features amazing premises including a female version of Jackass, a talk show called The Laydeez, and a board game called “It Me!” If this sounds like your kind of female-centric weirdness, this show is for you.
I Think You Should Leave
Tim Robinson’s comedy career started in Detroit, where he took improv courses with Second City. He landed a few series that never made it to air before making his debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live in 2012. By 2013, he had become a full-time writer on the show and would no longer participate as a cast member.
In 2018, Netflix let Robinson take the reins and create a show that embodies his unique brand of humor, and I Think You Should Leave was born. The Lonely Island was brought in to produce the series, which made it to a second season that aired in July of 2021.
I Think You Should Leave is chock full of insane concepts that Tim and his fellow writers explore so deeply, you’re not really sure what’s happening anymore. Any show that can keep a sketch about wearing pants that have pre-made pee stains on them going for more than five minutes deserves an Emmy in my book.
Inside Amy Schumer
Inside Amy Schumer aired in 2013, long before Schumer became a big name in Hollywood whose every move would be analyzed and dissected. At this point, she was still making a name for herself, and she had nothing to worry about but being herself.
And as herself, Amy Schumer leads some of the funniest sketches I’ve ever seen. Guests include Nikki Glazer, Mike Birbiglia, Patricia Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Zach Braff, Tina Fey, Selena Gomez, Jeff Goldblum, Lisa Lampanelli, Laura Linney, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Ian Black, and Rachel Dratch.
Inside Amy Schumer had a strong first season, but as Amy’s fame grew rapidly after the release of her movie Trainwreck in 2015, it seems her show had to take a backseat. The critical reception of the show’s final season, which aired in 2016, was not as good as it was for the first ones.
Still, seasons 1-3 are 100% worth a watch. Anyone who questions why Amy became as successful as she did need only see the hilarity she was able to bring to this sketch show before anyone knew her name. The show originally aired on Comedy Central, but you can watch it in several places now, including on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV, and Paramount+.
Mr. Show with Bob and David
Is Mr. Show the GOAT?
The sketches on Mr. Show are surreal, absurd, and just plain hilarious. Watch the legendary Bob Odenkirk and David Cross play characters like struggling actors, gas station attendants, former child stars, and much more.
Other cast members include Tom Kenny–the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants–John Ennis, Jill Talley, and Jay Johnston. Other guests include Jack Black, Karen Kilgariff, Scott Aukerman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Paul F. Tompkins.
The series premiered on HBO on November 3, 1995, and remained on the air until December 28, 1998. You can find Mr. Show in all its glory on HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video.