Various characters in sketch comedies

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I came across with a sketch comedy series, where each episode has several sketches and all (most) the characters are played by the same four actors. The actual character names are not listed in the end credits, but some (not all) are named during the sketches. Also some characters are identifiable (police man, store clerk, doctor, etc).

Is it best to add the characters as ”Various characters” - or is it best to list those sketch characters that are named, or easily identifiable?

Option ”C” means that I would list some of the characters, but not all of them (hence ”Various” in the end).

A) Doe, John - - - Various characters
B) Doe, John - - - John/Police man/Doctor/Man in a bus
C) Doe, John - - - John/Police man/Doctor/Man in a bus/Various

Thanks.
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In The Fast Show  which is a similar type of show with a group of performers all playing multiple characters, in most of the episodes they are just shown as playing "Various Roles". but in some episodes, someone has detailed some of the roles like in episode Quart (1996): 
Paul Whitehouse ... Alcoholic Grandad / Poutremos Poutra-Poutremos / Ken / Lyndsay / Cockney Man / Chris the Crafty Cockney / Brilliant Kid / Ted / Various Roles 
Charlie Higson ... Bob Fleming / Simon / Colin Hunt / Newlywed Husband / Ralph / Various Roles 
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    Steve
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Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin), Champion

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I have seen some sketch shows elaborating on the roles on IMDb to an impressive extent (actors with a few dozens roles an episode do happen) and that is what I ideally do in cases like that. 
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Hi all,

I have filed a ticket with our data editors for clarification on the policy in this situation and we will confirm here as soon as we have an update.

Thanks
Meredith
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Joel, Employee

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Hi all,

Thanks for the post.

We believe the most important thing here is to retain as much information as possible for these credits, in this scenatio you can add each character the person played to the listing similar to how Steve mentioned for The Fast Show.

Cheers,

Joel