Top 10 Most Hilarious Sports Sketches Ever
Watching sports is great.
Making fun of sports can be even greater.
It seems that for as long as the laugh has been in existence, which has been a very, very long time, sports have been the subject of jokes in movies, stand-up routines, cartoons and everything in-between. With the emergence of Saturday Night Live and the dawn of the YouTube video, joking about sports finally became more mainstream than ever.
Chris Farley and Will Ferrell used SNL to establish the timeless classics of the sports sketch genre.
Key and Peele put their own spin on things to give us something new to laugh at today.
Dude Perfect used YouTube to take the world by storm and has gained millions of followers completely on its own.
And none of these guys can come close to touching the holder of the No. 1 spot on my list.
Indeed, comedy is a pretty subjective thing, and my top 10 sports sketches of all time may not hold any of the same names as your top 10 sports sketches of all time. There are millions of hilarious videos that probably deserve to be on this list.
However, I was charged with creating the definitive list of all-time hilarious sports sketches, so a definitive list is precisely what I've drawn up. I've tried to combine new and old and include a variety of different performers and types of comedy.
Take a look through the following slides for the 10 sports sketch videos that should keep you laughing for the rest of your life.
10. Lonely Island: We Like Sports
Note: Video contains NSFW language.
If comedy can be found in stupidity, then this has to be one of the funniest videos ever made.
Before "I'm On A Boat," before "I Just Had Sex" (NSFW), before Andy Samberg went on to become one of the most famous funny people alive, this is what The Lonely Island was up to—writing ridiculous raps about sports with such transcendent rhymes as "E to the S to the P to the N is all I watch cause I'm the man" and "Single, double, triple, home run. For the celebration I'll shoot my gun."
These guys went on to be real forces in the world of comedy, but watching this video sets you up perfectly for the classic and coveted "Yeah, I liked these guys before they hit it big...still can't believe they sold themselves out" statement.
This video doesn't quite forge its way into the pantheon of sketch sports classics, but as far as stupid humor goes, The Lonely Island guys are kings.
9. Steve Carell and Paul Rudd Spoof 'The Decision'
The Decision was begging to be spoofed the moment ESPN announced that the special would be aired.
The whole idea was just mind-blowingly preposterous.
Let's get LeBron James to throw on a nice button-down shirt and sit in a chair across from a journalist. Then let's have the journalist ask LeBron where he's going to play, and LeBron—here's the kicker—will answer. Then we'll just have them banter back and forth for an hour or so and call it a wrap!
It was all so awkward, so forced, so profoundly boring and so deeply in need of a spoof.
Fortunately, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd hit it right on the head.
Carell does the "LeBron Face" perfectly. Rudd captures the weirdness of Jim Gray with masterful elegance. And the whole thing ends up being just as memorable as The Decision itself.
Who knows—maybe this year Carell will write a spoof letter to Sports Illustrated, announcing his overly sentamentalized return to Chili's for dinner.
8. Jason Sudeikis: An American Coach in London
Don’t be fooled by the sudden fleeting interest in soccer that overtook the United States during the World Cup.
Don’t be alarmed by your friends who have suddenly started tossing around terms and phrases like “nil-nil,” “footie” and “pitch.”
Once World Cup fever has subsided—and it already pretty much has—Americans will remember that they don’t really care about soccer, and most know virtually nothing about it.
Jason Sudeikis illustrates this perfectly in the recent sketch put out by NBC that portrays him as an American football coach who heads overseas to coach a "different kind of football."
The jokes are spot-on, the differences between the sports are highlighted perfectly and you might actually learn a thing or two about soccer along the way.
7. Key & Peele: East/West College Bowl
Nobody has more consistently produced hilarious sports sketches over the last few years than Key & Peele, who have forged their way toward the top of the comedy world today.
"East/West College Bowl" may be their funniest, but "Futbol Flop" and "McCringleberry's Excessive Celebration" are also must-sees. I guess this spot on the list would be better listed as “Insert Your Favorite Key & Peele Sketch.”
Do yourself a favor and watch all their videos—Jackmerius Tacktheritrix and L'Carpetron Dookmarriot would definitely appreciate it.
6. Stereotypes: Pickup Basketball
The group Dude Perfect is not as well-known as most of the names listed up to this point—but at the rate it's moving, it will be soon.
Dude Perfect earns the No. 6 spot in the ranking partly because of the brilliance of its video—seriously, can you not pinpoint which of your friends fits every single one of the stereotypes listed?—but also because of the sheer volume of hilarious and overwhelming popular videos on its YouTube Channel.
Specializing in trick shots and sketch comedy, Dude Perfect is here to stay, and it's done it without the help of Saturday Night Live to launch it into the limelight.
With nearly 3,000,000 subscribers and over 305,000,000 total YouTube views, Dude Perfect is well on its way to taking over the Internet—and we should all be more than OK with that.
5. Tim Tebow Meets Jesus
Watch the video here.
Love him or hate him, Tim Tebow magically (literally, there had be some sort of magic involved) leading the Denver Broncos to the second round of the 2012 playoffs was a hilarious news story.
Tebow seemed to be trolling us all.
He’d be historically awful for 99.9 percent of the game, but then some way, some how, in that final 0.1 percent he’d orchestrate a miraculous comeback.
Saturday Night Live, which hasn’t exactly been in peak condition for the past several years, hit a home run—or threw a touchdown pass?—with their perfect mockery of the whole situation.
Jesus arrives and addresses Tebow and the team, and the result is one of the best sports sketches in history.
4. Peyton Manning United Way Commercial
Watch the video here.
Like Key & Peele and Dude Perfect earlier on the list, the No. 4 spot on this list is less about this specific sketch and more about Peyton Manning’s entire body of work as a football-player-turned-comic genius.
Bubbling with charisma since the day he was drafted, Manning has always had an unprecedented charm on camera and spotless comedic timing. He’s made countless commercials and outshone the actors on his appearances on Saturday Night Live.
Perhaps the highlight of his comedy career, however, comes in his parody United Way ad. After all, there’s something oddly wonderful about watching a golden boy who can do no wrong curse out innocent little children.
The only reason Manning doesn’t have a spot in the top three is because the three sketches that follow may be the three most iconic and timeless sports sketches that we will ever see.
3. Will Ferrell as Harry Caray
Watch the video here.
Losing Harry Caray was a national tragedy.
Will Ferrell bringing him back was the best thing to happen to America since the dawn of the designated hitter.
This sketch is one part sports, one part science and 75 parts educational—until watching it, I was under the impression that the moon was, truly, made of green cheese. I guess dreams don’t always come true.
2. Bill Swerski's Super Fans
Watch the video here.
If ever you thought you were the No. 1 fan of your team on the face of this small planet, you have clearly never witnessed "Bill Swerski’s Super Fans."
These men live, breathe, eat and burp Chicago. They have unwavering faith in their team and unprecedented adoration for their great leader: Ditka.
The Super Fans, featuring the late great Chris Farley, became a cult hit and made several more videos based on the same characters—and for good reason. Only one sports sketch has ever been better.
1. Abbott and Costello: Who's on First
There is absolutely no competition for the top spot on this list. There's not even the slightest cause for reasonable doubt.
Abbott and Costello’s legendary “Who’s On First” routine is the Babe Ruth of sports sketches—almost supernatural in the way it is revered and remembered and immune to any other sports sketch, present or future, ever being considered funnier.
It’s clever. It’s classy. It’s expertly delivered. And at the end of the day, it’s the only sports sketch that you really, truly, absolutely need to watch at least once.
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