Mad TV is pretty much a video version of the magazine that inspired the show. The magazine was known for its sarcastic, off the wall treatment of almost every topic imaginable. Politics and entertainment seemed to be major targets for its cutting humor. Mad TV is a zany late night comedy sketch program. The show is somewhat reminiscent of SCTV but with an even more irreverent and bizarre take on the universe. One of its most popular features is the parodies of popular movies, TV shows and music done with their characteristic sarcastic, yet tongue in cheek style. Mad TV is a late night must from many viewers.
Since Mad TV premiered in 1995, it has featured hundreds of guest stars, bands and singers. They not only make fun of them but they will invite the star onto the show to perform as well. Their guests have included some of the biggest name in Hollywood such as Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper, David Alan Grier, Halle Berry, George Carlin, Seth Green, Martin Short, Jackie Chan, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Jon Heder, Ludacris, Nicole Richie, Alanis Morrisette, Avril Lavigne, Nelly, Ryan Reynolds, Don Cheadle, Outkast and Green Day.
During the past 10 years, the highly innovative cast of Mad TV has created a swarm of original characters such as Ms. Swan, Stuart, Lorraine, Dot, Trina, UBS Guy and Bunifa. There are other original characters on the show but these are the most popular. During this 10 year reign, there have been over 30 different cast members. After establishing themselves on Mad TV, many have moved on to star in film, TV and radio,
The current full-time Mad TV cast members include: Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin, Daniele Gaither, Frank Caliendo, Ike Barinholtz, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael McDonald, Nicole Parker and Stephnie Weir.
MAD TV has been nominated for a number of Emmy awards over the past 10 years and has won Emmys for the both its Hair and Wardrobe departments. Mad TV currently airs on FOX every Saturday night. Syndicated reruns of Mad TV can be seen on Comedy Central six days a week.