Seth Meyers’ Staff Creates — and Screws Up — the Greatest Sketch Ever (Video)

But did they actually make the greatest ever sketch by screwing up the greatest ever sketch?!

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:29 AM

Get ready to get dizzy with comedy.

Taking from the grand tradition of shows like “SCTV” and, to a lesser extent, “Mr. Show,” the crew at “Late Night with Seth Meyers” dipped their toes into the meta show-within-a-show world on Wednesday night, devoting over five minutes to “The Greatest Sketch Ever.”

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This works in multiple ways.

First, the show-within-the-show was working to mount an incredibly ambitious sketch — the Greatest Ever, in fact — that included a rich old industrialist-type, a chicken, a hick in a box, an astronaut and an elephant, among other seemingly random elements. Of course, in reality, there was never actually a sketch constructed with those characters… except for the sketch about the failure of a sketch built around the hodgepodge of costumed writers.

Five minutes of well-planned interruptions, non-sequitors and nonsense later, Meyers and his staff delivered what they promised: The Greatest Sketch Ever. Or, at least a pretty fun one, anyway.

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