NBC will premiere its latest stab at a live variety series, Maya & Marty tonight. If the previews are any indication, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are returning to a brand of male-female comedy schtick and banter that used to be a mainstay of, well, the TV variety series. So if you like Maya & Marty, you might want to check out some of the giants (and others) of the genre, namely The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, Donny & Marie, The Captain & Tennille and Tony Orlando & Dawn. Luckily for us, Vulture compiled clips of these shows (and more) last September when NBC was launching its previous try at a live variety show, the ill-fated Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. You can also find full episodes of Sonny & Cher and Donny & Marie on YouTube.
And since we’re talking about male-female comedy teams, we can’t resist plugging a great one that didn’t sing: Nichols & May. Here’s a YouTube playlist with some of their top clips.
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