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Question 1: Stand-up comedians have long been a staple of variety and late-night talk shows; indeed, talk-variety shows such as ________ traditionally open with a comedy monologue performed by the program host.
The Jay Leno ShowThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992 TV series)The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show

Question 2: A few prime-time animated comedies, notably The Flintstones, The Simpsons, ________, successfully mixed attributes of traditional cartoons and sitcoms.
Family Guy (season 1)Family GuyThe Cleveland ShowFamily Guy (season 4)

Question 3: However, it is true to say that certain ________ of comedy transfer to the small screen more successfully than others.

Question 4: Sketch comedy was pioneered by ________, whose Your Show of Shows debuted in 1950 and established many conventions of the genre.
Sid CaesarPhil SilversCarroll O'ConnorAlan Alda

Question 5: Among the earliest ________ programmes in the 1930s was Starlight, which offered a series of guests from the music hall era — singers and comedians amongst them.
Norwegian Broadcasting CorporationTG4Raidió Teilifís ÉireannBBC

Question 6: The range of television comedy is extremely broad to the extent that anything under the heading ________ can be put before an audience through the medium of television.
DramaSatireComedy (drama)Comedy

Question 7: These include the likes of ________, The Simpsons, South Park, Futurama, etc.
The Cleveland ShowFamily Guy (season 1)Family GuyFamily Guy (season 4)

Question 8: In the UK, two of the more successful examples are Monty Python's Flying Circus and ________.
That Mitchell and Webb LookThe Catherine Tate ShowWhose Line Is It Anyway?Little Britain

Question 9: American sketch comedy reached a later peak in the mid-1970s with the debut of ________, originally a variety program but soon devoted mostly to sketches.
Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketchesSaturday Night LiveRecurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed chronologically)Saturday Night Live cast

Question 10: Even in the early 2000s, the cast of the NBC sitcom ________ were among television's highest paid performers.
FriendsFriends (season 1)The Last One (Friends)30 Rock

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