The Best Comedy Duos You Can Watch on TV Right Now
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From Abbott and Costello to Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, comedy double acts make us laugh, cry and cringe. While the golden oldies are fun and all, we think it’s time to shine the spotlight on some more recent pairings. Here’s our picks for the best comedy duos you can watch on TV right now.
1) Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson (Broad City)
Meeting in comedy school way back in 2007, Broad City has its roots as a web series before Comedy Central picked it up in 2014 for a broader (get it) audience. Glazer and Jacobson bring spontaneity to a format that thrives on chemistry and timing.
Based on the pair’s experiences living in New York City, Broad City features standout cameos by Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen and Ilana-look-alike Alia Shawkat (Maeby from Arrested Development). Season 4, which is the first to be set in a New York winter, features guest shouts by Ru Paul, Steve Buscemi and Fran Drescher.
But the real appeal of Broad City is the exhilarating chemistry of the punchy Glazer and hapless Jacobson. It’s a relatable brand of observational comedy that, despite hitting it big, still retains the improvised feel of the original web series.
2) Garfunkel and Oates
Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are the musical masterminds behind Garkfunkel and Oates, a comedy-folk duo that mixes folksy riffs with catchy lyrics about super awkward topics. Smug pregnancies, one night stands and the face you make when you get a crappy gift. It’s all here in toe- tapping sing along glory. Be aware though, while the tunes are zippy, the lyrics aren’t always PG.
You can catch a bunch of their stuff on Youtube and there’s also a TV series that really deserves more attention. Also the Garfunkel and Oates Twitter filled with general musical weirdness.
3) Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele
Creators of the skit TV show of the same name, Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key are a comedy duo that isn’t afraid to go out on a limb.
Their sketch show, which aired from 2012 to 2015, can be found all over the internet. It’s so popular Vulture even has a list of all 298 sketches, ranked by funniness. The pair followed up with the cult comedy flick Keanu, which is your standard guy-adopts-cat-that-gets-stolen-by-drug-kingpin kind of film. Not only are the pair great collaborators, they’re also tight friends.
4) Will & Grace
Surely a show that needs no introduction, the New York sitcom about a gay lawyer and a straight interior designer sharing an apartment features not one but two of the best comedy duos on television. Debra Messing and Eric McCormack play the titular couple, but it’s the side splitting antics of Sean Hayes (Jack) and Megan Mullally (Karen) that often steal the show.
A decade after the eighth season finale, the quartet returns with a new season on Stan.
5) Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim
The inimitable Tim & Eric have always pushed the boundaries of what is considered comedy. Taking cringe humour to its messy, awkward end, the comedic partnership has been a gold mine for production house Abso Lutely with an outstanding level of output that includes TV shows, films and even fake (and real) advertisements.
If you can stomach the duo’s better known shows like Tim and Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job, and Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, then you’ll probably love Tom Goes to the Mayor. The weird animation style and horrible characters are perfect late night television viewing.
6) David Mitchell and Robert Webb
Mitchell and Webb combine satirical sensibilities with awkward, sometimes surreal British comedy. Peepshow, the squeamish 8 season hit that defined their brand of humour while new show Back is a six part series about a family moving on after the death. It’s far funnier than it sounds.
Back’s only just been released in the UK, but expect it to hit Aussie shores soon enough. And for the true Mitchell and Webb fans, the radio show That Mitchell and Webb Sound and its spin-off sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look are well worth checking out.
7) Hamish and Andy
Australia’s beloved comedy duo continues their travels around the world, seeking adventures domestic and abroad. With 9 seasons of Hamish and Andy’s various adventures available through Stan, there’s more than enough TV to sate the fans of the cheeky duo, while the official website also has the latest 30 episodes of their podcast. More than enough for the morning commute.