Mad TV wasn't as sharp in its final years but it was amazing its first 8 seasons until maybe Wilson (the last original cast member) departed.
Even so, there were still flashes of brilliance in its final years. Yet people kept talking about Maya Rudolph's Oprah like she was on target.
I'm glad to see many cast members have gone on.
What happened to Ike? He was the only good looking guy on the show.
I never watched Mad TV that much but Darrel is a classic.
Has anyone been watching Key & Peele on Comedy Central? They were on during the last few years of Mad TV and it's not FANTASTIC but it's very likable, they're both kind of cute, and it boggles the mind that Lorne Michaels thought it'd be a better idea to keep buying brown stage makeup for Fred Armisen than to hire Jordan Peele to play Obama. It's on after eldergay lech fave Tosh.0!
Debra Wilson's Whitney was the best. Maya Rudolphs sucks.
My favorite line is when Whitney (Wilson) and Bobby are fighting over who gets to use the phone to call their drug dealer and Whitney says "That's my phone Bobby, I bought that phone with my You Give Good Love money!"
I saw the MADtv Bobby/Whitney/Diane Sawyer thing first. When I actually went back to watch the real deal, I was shocked at how much I thought was too crazy to be anything but part of the joke was actually from the original interview.
Any info on Bryan Callen? He is so beautiful.
Not much info out there at all, but I think he's at least bi or dabbled in some man loving no matter what he claims today - he has kids apparently. He has this fake voice now, gotta love that voice and tries way too hard.
Compare and contrast:
[R19] I would not usually assume that EVERYONE has seen a particular movie, but in this case it is not an exaggeration. Have you not seen The Hangover 1 and 2? Bryan Callen plays Samir who was the wedding chapel owner in 1, and he plays a ladyboy club owner in 2.
For those of you who have seen The Hangover 2,
"Tell him Samir says HE RRRO"
My sincere thanks to OP and all the other You Tube contributors. I haven't had such a good bunch of gut busting laughs in a long time. I always thought MadTV was funnier than SNL, and this thread reminded me of why that was so.
I had completely forgotten about Josh Meyers, Seth's bro, and how good looking he was.
A side question: Since joining DL I have learned a lot, but one of the most interesting phenomenona is the sub culture of "gay bros" and "g0ys". Do the two guys watching the football game, assuming their relationship evolved, fall within the parameters of either?
Debra Wilson was and is a comic genius. Why her talent has not been fully exploited since the Mad days is almost criminal.
I agree wholeheartedly with the poster who gave a recommend to "Key and Peele" on Comedy Channel. It's off season now, but it was such a ratings winner for CC, it's coming back next season. It may not be MadTv great, but it has about 5 sketches per 30 min show, and I can tell you that 4 of them will be winners. And Keegan-Michael Key is very nice to look at!!
I saw Paul Vogt as Edna in two different productions of "Hairspray" last year. I guess that's his bread and butter now.
Stephnie Weir is now a producer and/or writer on "Raising Hope." She should write herself a good recurring role; she'd fit in well in that universe.
The complete second season of MADTV was just released on DVD and season 3 is scheduled for release this summer. I wish some streaming service would offer the entire series.
BTW, as much as I dislike Artie Lange I still laugh at this "That's My White Mama" sketch.
Mo Collins, Weir, Debra Wilson and Paul Vogt are wonderful talents. Where are their big careers?
At least the dwarf woman is making a fortune.
MadTV was always better than SNL during the years it was on.
swf @ R24 yeah I've saw The Hangover and while it was fine I didn't like it enough to watch the sequel.
I think someone wrote a fake bio on Bryan Callen's Imdb page, it's no longer there but it said he suffered from depression and was suicidal at times which just does not compute with those recent videos.
He's a stand up comedian and is in a lot of TV shows, I saw him last week in Death Valley. He was on this teen show as a father who sexually abused his son.
He's not pretty like he was in his MADtv days, but is just as hot in a different way, very rugged and masculine.
I loved it but it did suck at first, an obvious In Living Color rip-off, and a bad one as far as I'm concerned. But it must've found its target audience since it stayed on. Finally it got really good in 1999, and stayed great until maybe '03 or so, when the quality started tapering off. They released the first season on dvd and it flopped, cancelled any plans to release the rest. Well the first season sucked, so I'm not surprised it didn't sell.
The classic turn-of-the-century cast had so many talented women, the women really ruled that show, as talented as many of the men were.
People seem to prefer Debra Wilson's Whitney sketches, but it was her Oprah that got me, especially the one where she transforms into a vampire. I was laughing so hard the first time I saw that I was crying.
Mo Collins Vadge skits were genius, much better than French & Saunders.