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Birth Control, Bernie Sanders Provide Comic Fodder for Sketch Series Contenders

On the sketch front, master of self-effacement Amy Schumer (Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer”) continues to shine a spotlight on scenarios and subject matter all too common among American women — clothes shopping when nothing in the store fits even when you’re a normal and healthy size 10, ageism and sexism in the entertainment industry, and lack of access to birth control — while stablemate “Key & Peele” (in its final season) and IFC’s “Portlandia” continue to make fun of everything we like to make fun of: Oregon hipsters, overpriced vegan restaurants, and marital infidelity.

Over at Netflix, sketch icons Bob Odenkirk and David Cross revived their “Mr. Show” magic with an event series and “The Characters” added a new twist to the stories of funny favorites.

The 41st season of “Saturday Night Live” featured some of the most uproarious presidential campaign skits to date, with Larry David playing a better Bernie Sanders than Sanders himself. Bill Hader and Fred Armisen mocked docus in style with “Documentary Now,” Jason Ritter and Greg Kinnear turned up on “Drunk History” poking fun at paleontologists, and “Billy on the Street” showcased Anna Kendrick in a hilarious bit about dating app Tinder.

FRONTRUNNERS
“Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central)
“Billy on the Street” (TruTV)
“Drunk History (Comedy Central)
“Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)
Portlandia” (IFC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“W/Bob & David” (Netflix)

ON THE BUBBLE
“Adam DeVine’s House Party” (Comedy Central)
“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC)
“Documentary Now” (IFC)
“The Half Hour” (Comedy Central)
“The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail” (Comedy Central)
“Nathan for You” (Comedy Central)
“Netflix Presents: The Characters” (Netflix)
“Party Over Here” (Fox)
“This Is Not Happening” (Comedy Central)
“Tosh.0” (Comedy Central)

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