Middleditch & Schwartz ★★★★½

Over the course of several years of taking writing and improv classes at Second City, I watched and performed in more terrible improv shows than I care to admit. So I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Middleditch and Schwartz. Thomas and Ben have great chemistry and often break the fourth wall, commenting on their characters and choices while pushing each other to take the scene in weird new directions. If you've never experienced long-form improv, this is a great introduction to it.

I'd also recommend Trust Us This Is All Made Up, which features a performance by TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, two of the best, if unheralded (that's an improv pun), practitioners of the form.