Key and Peele (2012–2015)
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But the videos kept going viral on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and after clicking on "McFerrin vs. Winslow," "Ultimate Fighting Match Preview," "Yo Mama Has Health Problems," and "Gay Marriage Legalized," I was hooked! Next thing I know, I was ripping through episodes on Hulu, and posting and emailing episodes to my friends I was even pulling co- workers into my office and telling them, "You HAVE to watch this sketch RIGHT NOW it's only 4 minutes long."
This is the closest production I've found to Chappelle's Show, although the comparison isn't exactly fair. Chappelle's Show was outrageous and far beyond the bounds of anything anyone had seen on TV before (not taking away from the fact that it was extremely creative, witty, and funny), leading to ROTFLMAOs. Key and Peele is a bit more subdued, and much of its humor lies in its subtext. You'll still get a few ROTFLMAOs, but a lot of the laughs may just be LOLs, or smirks. Not every skit is a hit, but the producers manage to cut the less-funny skits before they get annoying, unlike Saturday Night Live (again, an unfair comparison because that show is live, while Key and Peele is pre- taped and edited).
Key and Peele are both extremely witty, charismatic, and talented comedians and actors. I enjoy their two-man stand up (I think it's a successful formula, when you have the right team), and watching the entire episodes actually allows you to enjoy the episodes more than simply watching them on YouTube because the setups often give you additional insight. Dave Chappelle used to do the same thing successfully. Peele's imitation of President Obama is impressive, and the "Anger Translator" skits are hilarious. I can't wait until Season 3.
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I think it deserves this because these guys (and their writers, natch!) have stumbled upon a wondrous land of infinite possibility. Not many people attain to this; which restriction is also an indicator of true artistry. From top to bottom, the produced sketches reek of talent and inspiration. From conception to writing to directing to acting... We are treated to comedy on blue-flame fire. It's head humor, it's body humor, it's slapstick, it's transcendent, it's bestial.
It'll be interesting to see how long ComCent lets it run.
And, btw, I PREFER the new format (using road trip bits as ligature).
Highlights: S04E03; Georgina and Esther (*gotta* watch it uncensored!). S04E10; The scat duel (brutally mocking and lovingly homaging the tradition at the very same time!).
I'm looking forward to K&P continuing on an upward trajectory... Forever and Ever, AMEN.
The show is designed exactly the same as a lot of other shows focused around one or two people; quick stand-up bits between skits. This being said, the show is pretty good. Its not all laughs all the time but when they nail a joke they really do NAIL it.
If you like racial humour mixed with truly creative writing (in the skits at least) then you should probably watch the first few episodes. The only bad thing about this show is the over-scripted and frankly very awkward stand up bits in front of the audience. Good show, good guys, bad stand-up. The skits are way to good to stop watching this show just cause of a little bad stand-up (which they might figure out SUCKS later on) i'll keep my digits crossed.
However, I saw a small clip of "Key & Peele" on Conan and found the clip to be very funny. So, I decided to catch it on TV.
To my surprise, I was not disappointed. Not all of it is laugh out loud funny but it does make you smirk and at times you do indeed laugh out loud. The opening sequence was hilarious.
"Key and Peele" do grow on you. That being said, there is still a lot of work needed. For example, cutting out the whole stand-up bit they do in front of a live audience in between sketches.
The show should be purely a sketch show. Much like Portlandia. It is the same concept for Portlandia except for that it is the "black version".
The show is funny to all demographics especially black and white Americans which I believe was the main aim.
I will definitely be watching the next episode.
I definitely recommend to watch it if you have nothing to watch, or even if you do. You will have to get past some of the bad skits to get on the funny ones, but is definitely worth it.
"This show appeals to a wider audience"
By playing the silly Negro all they do is appeal to the WHITER audience looking for a socially acceptable outlet for their racism.
Shame on both of these "actors", and shame on President Obama for being involved with that Stepin Fetchit routine.
The only skit I found remotely funny was the football game, and when you look on YouTube you'll see the more racist the skit the more viewers it had. They loved the Slave sale, really appealed to white America concept of a better, simpler time in our history.
Comedy Central shows some great shows, but sadly I have to change the channel whenever this shows comes on. Not funny at all!
I remain convinced that these guys can do so much better and frustrated that they have yet to do so.
It has an obvious liberal slant. Aries Spears, one of my favorite comedians on MADtv, said it best. Key and Peele are basically white washed blacks trying to do black humor. "They ain't real niggas." as Aries would say.
Also Key and Peele came from a time where MADtv was going downhill and got canceled. Everyone knows the early seasons are best.
If these two where put on earth to do this series and that's it, we've been blessed.
This is top shelf comedic brilliance in every aspect. The quality of the skits is outstanding. I'm shocked how they fit so much entertainment in 30 min. Yet it leaves me smiling all day. Even the extra actors in the skits have better acting skills than most of the hosts on SNL.
Good days or bad days, these guys make me laugh.
My only complaint is that I wish each episode was at least 60 min.
And very sad this legendary series is over.