Plot Summary: Project sees Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele in front of a live studio audience bantering about a topic weaved between filmed shorts and sketches.
Creators: Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele
Stars: Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Rob Delaney
Serious Jest: (Queue It) I saw their “I Said Bitch” skit a few months ago when one of my friends shared it on Facebook. It caught me off guard with how clever, perfectly-timed, well-acted, multi-dimensional, and downright funny it was. I told myself that I would definitely start watching this show…but my hectic schedule caught up with me, and it faded from my memory before I was able to set aside time to watch one episode.
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 skits 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.