The Ben Stiller Show

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The Ben Stiller Show

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The Ben Stiller Show is a sketch comedy show that aired on Fox from 1992 to 1993. Each episode features Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo, and Bob Odenkirk introducing several comedy sketches.

The show was never a hit, usually hitting near last in the ratings, and was cancelled after only 12 episodes, leaving one episode unaired.

Just after being cancelled, The Ben Stiller Show won an Emmy for outstanding writing in a variety program in 1993. In 2002, Comedy Central bought the rights to the show, and started airing all the episodes, including the final episode that was never aired by Fox. The complete series can also be bought on DVD.

The Theme Song was cowritten and performed by: Greg O'Conner and Dweezil Zappa

First Telecast: September 27, 1992 Last Telecast: January 17, 1993

Episodes: 13 Color Episodes (one unaired on Fox, until later on was aired on Comedy Central)

Production: Warner Bros. Entertainment

Distributors: FOX
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  • This brilliant sketch comedy show was a cutting-edge laugh-fest that aired on the wrong network in the wrong decade.

    9.0
    The Ben Stiller Show is a sketch show that feels like a collection of minature movies. Each sketch is a brilliant combination of pop culture references from the 80's and 90's. Unlike most sketch shows that choose one target to parody, Ben Stiller's merry men (and woman) combine unrelated concepts to skewer. For example: throw a popular 60's sitcom into a blender with a 90's thriller and what comes out? Cape Munster.



    The cast and writers of this variety show reads like a who's who of modern comedy--Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick. Add in the numerous guest stars (Roseanne, Garry Shandling, Colin Quinn-just to name a few) and you've got more talent than most people even dream about.



    Unfortunately, the show was before it's time and Fox foolishly cancelled it after only 13 episodes. Luckily for us, all of the principles went on to have successful careers other places.



    Overall: Fox's Mad TV is a poor imitation of this brilliant show. However, some of the references are a bit dated, since it hasn't aired in over 15 years.moreless
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    Comedy

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    observational humor, social commentary, stoners, topical humor, trippy