I've spent the entire day watching Almost Live clips. You may think you have no idea what that is, but you know at least a little about it no matter who you are. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almost_Live!
See, in Western Washington there was once a sketch comedy show produced by an NBC affiliate that made very little money.
It gave us a window into the minds of people like John Keister and a bunch of other local comedians and writers.
It gave us Pat Cashman... And while you may not know his name, I guarantee you have heard his voice. Check him out at http://www.patcashman.com/
It gave us Mind Your Manners, With Billy Quan. A skit that has been co-opted by a million other shows.
It gave us Joel McHale who hosts a show on E, and will soon feature in a remake of the BBC show the IT Crowd, which if you haven't seen the original I highly recommend doing so.
It gave us... Bill Nye. You know, the Science guy.
It was a show that was so good (on for 15 years, won more than 100 emmys, highest rated show locally in it's time slot at the time when the network pulled the plug.) that ever since it was canceled in 1999 the local station has shown it every saturday night after SNL for almost an entire decade. Even with dated humor, because it's still a fucking funny show.
And why was it canceled? Because despite it's content, they were bought out by Bela Communications, which refused to accept the idea of paying a crew of full time writers/actors instead of pushing the same old syndicated crap for pennies on the dollar. It was a show cut down in the height of its popularity in my state.
I really miss it.