Every I Think You Should Leave Season 2 Sketch, Ranked
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Every ‘I Think You Should Leave’ Season 2 Sketch, Ranked
Like most 30-something comedy-fan dipshit losers, I am a big fan of the show I Think You Should Leave. If you follow me on Twitter, listen to my podcast, or have spent more than ten seconds around me in person, this is not news to you. I was such a big fan of the first season of the show, in fact, that I asked one of my favorite bands, Murder by Death, if they’d cover the “Bones Are Their Money” song and, amazingly, they said yes.
The recently released second season of ITYSL took some getting used to. I think I’d grown so accustomed to the vernacular and characters of the beloved first season that my brain was somewhat hesitant to allow that world to expand. But I’ve now watched Season 2 five times (haha what have YOU been doing with YOUR summer??) and I am finally ready to put all of the Season 2 sketches in order of My Official Ranking. Because, really, there’s no more appropriate way to appreciate any artform, especially comedy, than to confine it to a strict categorical order!
Now, keep in mind that this is just one guy’s opinion. But also keep in mind that this one guy’s opinion also happens to be the correct opinion. So, in case you see any other rankings out there, just know that this is the best one. Maybe bookmark it or print it out or something. OK here we go...
(Disclaimer: I don’t know what any of these sketches are actually called so I named them myself. In other words, I don’t know what any of this shit is and I’m fucking scared.)
27. Buff Boy Commercial
A time-filler follow-up to a sketch that didn’t really need following up. Be honest: You don’t even remember seeing it, do you?
26. Dave, Who Takes Huge Dumps at the Office
Very bland and forgettable. It felt like the setup for a visual gag that never came. Much like you can’t write a gun into a scene if you’re not gonna shoot it, you can’t mention huge turds if you’re not gonna show em!
25. Office Surfing
I don’t know why so many Season 2 sketches take place in an office, but here’s one of many. A lot of setup that never really pays off aside from Tim Robinson saying “Juuulie.”
24. Calico Cut Pants
Another office setting. If I’m not mistaken, this is the longest sketch in the ITYSL catalog (nine minutes!), and maybe it’s my ADHD-addled brain but I get bored halfway through it. The funniest part is actually the recurring throwaway gag where Robinson screams for the woman to HOLD THAT DOOR HOLD THAT DOOR!! and then walks away at a casual pace.
23. The Carber Vacuum System
Although the season-opening hot dog sketch was one of my favorites (see below), I’m not sure it needed a follow-up, though it did give us the line, “You sure about that, that’s why?”
22. Tammy Craps
While I do normally find the humor in forcing absurdist and gross sentences to come out of the mouths of child actors (including the girl from fucking Once Upon a Time in Hollwood!), that’s sort of all there really is to this one.
21. Celebrities Can Hit!
I genuinely believe this sketch was an elaborate excuse to slap Brandon Wardell in the head.
20. The Cosmo Themed Bar
Heidecker returns to play the asshole boyfriend character, just not as funny this time around. He’s no Paul Bufano.
19. The Guy Who Loves His Wife and Hates Jamie Taco
The funniest part of this sketch is the name Jamie Taco.
18. Claire’s Ear Piercing
This sketch has such a strange balance in that there are two separate gags going on at once—the depressed old man among 12-year-old girls in the Claire’s ear-piercing video, and the side bit of the guy WHO KNOWS ALL THIS ALREADY! Gotta give this show props for ending an entire season with a title card that says Thank You for Choosing Claire’s. Fucking bold.
17. Little Buff Boys
It pains me to say this because I think Sam Richardson is one of the funniest working comedic actors around (PLEASE watch Detroiters if you haven’t already), but this sketch seemed like a retread of his Season 1 “Baby of the Year” sketch, which I also wasn’t a huge fan of. (Actually, wait, is this a sequel? Are the Buff Boys the Babies of the Year? Will they be teenagers in Season 3? Are we watching Bart Harley Jarvis grow up before our very eyes??) I do love the phrase Troll Boy though, and the shot of Richardson drinking from a comically huge water bottle. And the way he punctuates the alliterative phrase Buff Boys. Ah shit, maybe I talked myself into this one. Maybe this one deserved to get more goosed up. OK, it’s too late to change it now but pretend I put this one at number uhh…. #12.
16. The Blues Brothers Cabin
I wish Conner O’Malley had gotten more screen time this season. Aside from this and a brief appearance in the Calico Cut Pants sketch, he was a bit underused. He, of all people, was not meant to play the straight-man, which he does here. Again, please see his appearance in Detroiters, in which he was adequately used. The two best screamers in the game going at it:
15. Credit Card Roulette
One thing I love about ITYSL is that, even when Robinson does not appear in a sketch, everyone still tries to mimic his manic, combustible energy.
14. The Professor’s Dinner Order
Some of the S2 sketches just sort of trail off, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I am a firm believer that not everything needs a hard resolution. This sketch, on the other hand, does the opposite and tries to stick a very tough landing with a risky punchline. Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me cringe.
13. Dan Flashes Commercial
Worth it for this shot alone.
12. Sloppy Steaks
The first half of this sketch is tedious and repetitive—making us sit through four full minutes of Robinson saying he used to be a piece of shit for essentially a ten-second payoff of him and his boys slopping up their steaks. But maaaaan, when they slop up those steaks though....
11. The Novice Driver
Nothing too complicated here. Meat and potatoes comedy. This sketch feels like it could’ve been written on the way to filming it and they just shot it without even getting out of their cars. (If any sketch feels most like it was filmed under pandemic restrictions, it’s this one.) But Rage Robinson is possibly the funniest version of Tim Robinson.
10. Detective Crashmore
The real-life actor who plays Santa Claus, who plays Detective Crashmore, is named Biff Wiff. Biff. Wiff. According to this interview Biff Wiff did with my friend Vince, Biff Wiff’s name is apparently not actually Biff Wiff. That’s called a stage name. Anyway, I’m gonna be using the phrase “cosmic gumbo” for the next two years, min-i-mum, so thanks to Biff Wiff and apologies to my friends who have to deal with me.
(P.S. I’m combining the Crashmore trailer and AOL Blast segment into one here.)
9. The Capital Room
Patti Harrison is hands down one of the funniest humans alive. She saved an otherwise meh Season 1 sketch with her brilliant delivery of very simple lines like “Santa brought it early!” and “Are we even gonna get anything now?” And she does more of that here with “And popcorrrrn!” and “I can’t stand bald boys” and… whatever the thing she’s doing in the screenshot is. Netflix needs to give her her own show ASAP as well pleeeease.
8. The Ice Cream Store Lie
This sketch was a grower for me. After you get over the initial delight of realizing you’re getting a cameo from Bob Odenkirk (prayers up!), you start to wrap your head around what the sketch is. It keeps escalating, but never goes anywhere too wild. But we do get a lot of weird, quotable one-liners and offbeat vernacular out of it, ones which I’ve already found myself working into daily use. Triples is best! I will never be able to hear the words Nova, Roadrunner, or Barracuda again without thinking of it. Not that I heard them often, but still. I have also found myself habitually tapping my phone when I’m among people and saying, “Oh good, that Nova deal’s a sure thing now.” Yes, I’m that guy.
7. The Hat’s Day in Court
The hat reveal shot is probably the funniest use of camera focal range as a sight gag... ever.
6. Driver’s Ed
As mentioned, Patti Harrison is a comedic treasure, and she and Robinson (sort of) appear together in this sketch. Two jokesters in their prime, just yelling about tables. Like watching the damn ‘95 Bulls of alt-comedy. Oh, speaking of basketball, I’ve been rewatching this SNL sketch a lot lately. One of the rare appearances by Tim Robinson. (Let. Him. Host.)
5. Dan Flashes - Part 1
There’s a 30 Rock line I think about a lot in which Tracy Morgan says, “I once filmed a whole movie without ever getting out of my car.” Well, Tim Robinson does this whole hilarious sketch without leaving the couch. Truly proof that he could be a torso-less floating head and still make me laugh. This sketch introduced the phrase “Dan Flashes” to the world as shorthand for a shirt with a complicated design… maybe forever? Will we never again be able to see a shirt with a criss-cross pattern and wonder if the guy wearing it bought it at the Creek with his per diem?
4. The Adult Haunted House Tour
If Season 1 was the mudpie season, Season 2 was the Season of Cumshot, firmly solidified with this sketch.
3. Hot Dog Lunch
One thing I really appreciated about Season 2 is that it did not try to give people more of what clearly worked the first time around. No Focus Group guy. No Chunky. Hell, we didn’t even get another song a la the Bones Are Their Money. No, that would’ve all been too easy. So I do wonder if mayyyybe kicking Season 2 off with a sketch about a hot dog was Robinson’s very subtle nod to the show’s S1 fan-fave-turned-meme guy in a hot dog suit. Or maybe he just thinks hot dogs are funny. Either way, this is a perfect ITYSL sketch in that in takes a normal setting, makes it silly, then makes it full-on deranged, then just abruptly ends.
2. Corncob TV
This has got to be the most expensive, most elaborate one-joke sketch in the show, if not sketch comedy history. The cost and preparation that must’ve gone into all these coffin flops… my god. I know there’s a piece about how it all came about but I don’t want to read it because I don’t want it demystified. All I wanna see is body after body busting outta shit wood and hitting pavement.
1. Karl Havoc
The first time I saw this sketch, I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. Just a perfect premise, perfect costuming, perfect timing. How many Karl Havocs do you think we’ll be seeing this Halloween? And how many of those people do you think will get into the costume and realize there’s too much fucking shit on them and they can’t breathe?
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This list is extremely on point. So much of this show is truly singular in its brilliance, but Karl is something extra special.
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