Here's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's Key & Peele, sharing a bunch of fun stories and impressions on The Tonight Show last night, and Jay Leno pitches in by getting his band do a rimshot after Peele's Obama impression to punch it up a little bit.
Great news for fans of great comedy today as Comedy Central just announced it's renewed the critically-acclaimed sketch show Key & Peele for a third season consisting of 13 episodes. The first two seasons of Key & Peele only ran 8 and 10 episodes respectively, so the third season is getting a larger order than usual. The sketch show's second season concludes tomorrow night, which will be the last new episode before season three premieres in the fall of 2013. Somebody start a petition to get Liam Neesons to guest star on the new season right away.
"We love Mitchell and Webb and I love Fry and Laurie. We thought it’d be cool if it was called our last names, like a comedy team, and we had bounced around Keegan and Jordan, and Jordan and Keegan. It felt like Keenan and Kel, or felt like Malcolm and Eddie… It felt like, 'Oh, these two guys are going to be oddballs, and one’s probably really fastidious, and the other one’s probably a slacker.' It felt like that instead of a sketch show."
- Keegan-Michael Key shares how the name Key & Peele came to be in an in-depth interview he and comedy partner Jordan Peele gave to [...]
We’re still in the midst of a golden age of television. At least, I think the era of quality programming that began with The Sopranos is still going, right? If you look at the new comedies we’ve seen this past season, the answer to that question is a firm “maybe”; however, the TV season that gave us Work It, Rob, and I Hate My Teenage Daughter also gave us a few good sitcoms, as well. Join me as I dive deep into this past TV season’s most enjoyable comedies – from sitcoms to sketch shows to 11-minute animated thingies. Know that all of the shows on this list, except [...]
Peter Atencio, a director/producer for Comedy Central's sketch show Key & Peele wrote a nice Tumblr post about resisting network executives' attempts to add audience laughter over filmed sketches to the show's second season. The Comedy Central folks were insistent on adding laughs (not a laughtrack, but recorded laughter from an audience watching the sketches), but Atencio and the rest of the creative staff made their case:
We pushed hard for the show to be laugh-free, so that the viewers could watch the sketches and decide for themselves where the funny parts were. Having the laughter mixed in felt old-fashioned, and because I am very particular about [...]
The very funny Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of the titular Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele, did a Reddit AMA yesterday, taking fans' questions. They hit some technical difficulties with Reddit and had to cut things a little short, but here are the best moments from the chat:
On the day they met Barack Obama:
Key: The craziest! It was one of the best days of our life and totally surreal. we had always hoped he'd find out. But that kind of confirmation was amazing.
From July 12th to the 29th, comedians of all sorts will descend upon Montreal for the 30th Just For Laughs festival. Performers include: Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Bob Saget, John Pinette, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt (who will also be the keynote speaker), Wayne Brady, Mario Cantone, and The Muppets. Chelsea Handler will be there accepting and, if her reputation serves her correctly, celebrating, her Comedy Person of the Year award. Also, Key & Peele will be receiving the Breakout Comedy Star award and Hannibal "The Accolade Machine" Buress will be named the Rising Comedy Star. We should all go but we have to make sure [...]
The Writers Guild of America announced its TV nominations yesterday, and unlike a lot of awards shows (say, the Emmys), the WGA actually recognized most of the great comedies on TV. The 2013 WGA Awards are set to go down on February 17th with simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. This year, new and newish series like Girls, Portlandia, Key & Peele, Girls, and Veep all scored their first WGA nominations, while old favorites fared well too. Comedy-wise, Modern Family led the pack with 4 nominations, followed by The Simpsons (3), Parks and Recreation (2), 30 Rock (2), and Girls (2).
Read the full list of comedy nominations below. If you [...]
As you may or may not have heard, President Obama won re-election last night. Here's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's version of Obama's accepatance speech from tonight's episode of their Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele. With help from anger translator Luther, Key & Peele's take on Obama's speech is just as inspiring and eloquent as the real thing and also ends with the MC Hammer Dance.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are sitting down for a Google+ Hangout today at 1 pm EST in advance of tonight’s third and final presidential debate. The LA Times is hosting the Hangout here. Join in, otherwise Obama’s anger translator Luther is gonna lose his shit.
This clip from Comedy Central's new sketch showKey & Peele, starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, is phonetastic (sorry). Who among us doesn't change our telephonic intonation depending on whether we're standing next to friends, strangers, or moms? Not a one of us is immune from this symptom of modern life, which binds us and unites us under the glory of God….And that's how I'd talk on the phone if I were standing next to a rabbi. The show premieres in January.
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