Though TV sketch comedy feels like an endangered species in 2017 once past the orbit of “Saturday Night Live,” the genre’s history is a goldmine, particularly once you look past standard-bearers such as “Kids in the Hall,” “SCTV,” “The State” and “Monty Python.” Also worth finding on YouTube, this 12-episode gem from mid’90s Comedy Central helped launch future “Strangers With Candy” stars Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and one Stephen Colbert, who revived one of the series’ skits on “Late Night” at the encouragement of fan Matthew McConaughey. “Exit 57” goes to strange places.
Charles Lloyd’s “Passin’ Thru”:
With a track record of distinctive, searching recordings that reaches back to the early ’60s, Charles Lloyd has almost become easy to take for granted. His latest release, a live album celebrating his 10th year with a quartet that includes the restlessly inventive pianist Jason Moran and drummer Eric Harland, offers a rich survey of his career with some of his earliest recordings (“Dream Weaver” and the album’s title track) alongside some equal parts lush and unfettered more recent music. At 79, Lloyd sounds as if he’s just getting started.