The year was 1995. Saturday Night Live had wrapped up its 20th season with a whimper, with fans and critics alike speculating that the king of late-night sketch comedy was in the middle of a creative slump. There existed a power vacuum in that time slot, and when October came around, so did a vibrant, garish, crass menagerie of sketch comedy misfits, rejects, and hellraisers bearing the name “MAD” and donning a red-haired, grinning, gap-toothed mascot as their symbol.

Some of you may not know, but MADtv was born from MAD magazine. And some of you really might not know that was also born from Cracked magazine, itself a second-banana to MAD magazine. We’ve all come a long way.

Anyway, the original MADtv lasted 14 seasons before cancellation, with a 20th anniversary special and a rebooted 15th season coming years later. Here are some entries from MADtv’s tumultuous history in the shadow of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Family Guy was supposed to be a series of shorts on MADtv CRACKED.COM Similar to how The Simpsons began on The Tracy Ullman Show, Family Guy was originally pitched to Fox as a series of animated shorts for MADtv. Ultimately, MAD didn't have the budget for the animation, so the network decided to give Seth MacFarlane his own time slot. Fitting that the wild little brother of SNL almost launched the wild little brother of The Simpsons.

Source: IGN

MADtv invented the iPad... sort of CRACKED.COM Five years before Apple would launch their tablet, MADtv aimed its sights at the tech giant with their indentically titled sketch iPad, a sketch about a sanitary pad that lets users hook up your Apple to your peach!

Source: MADtv

Key and Peele were pitted against each BE other in their audition GY Av Awards CRACKED.COM As ludicrous as it sounds, MADtv producers were originally only interested in Key or Peele. The Chicago-based comedians were brought in to audition for a single spot, and it was only once producers saw the duo's synchronicity that they decided to make room for both of the show's decorated alumni. Said Keegan-Michael Key, I think that what happened is that they saw that we worked really hard and that we wouldn't stop working until something is perfect.

Source: Onward State

MAD founder William Gaines hated TV GRACKED.COM MAD creator and amateur Alan Moore impersonator Bill Gaines despised television, and he staunchly refused to develop his brainchild into a TV show. But, like print media itself, Bill Gaines eventually passed away, allowing publisher ЕС Comics to sell the TV rights before poor Bill was even cold.

Source: Vulture

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