Almost Live

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Almost Live! was a long-running television sketch-comedy produced in Seattle by the local NBC affiliate, KING TV. Lasted from 1984 to 1999. For most of its run, the half-hour show aired every week just before Saturday Night Live. While much of the humor was aimed at local targets, an edited version of the show aired nationally on cable TV, and more than one other show re-used some of its ideas.

Served as the springboard for Bill Nye the Science Guy's career. Joel McHale also did a stint on the show, but it took a little longer for him to reach the national spotlight. Ditto with David Scully, best known as Halo's Sergeant Johnson.

The Other Wiki has a comprehensive rundown on the show.

Tropes used in Almost Live include:


  1. a well-known mall in the area - and in fact the first such shopping center in the US
  2. (and considering that this is Seattle we are talking about, that is saying a lot)