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Here's 'Key and Peele' Director Peter Atencio's Favorite Sketch This Season

In case you missed last night's Key and Peele, Comedy Central uploaded the wonderful, weird, and inevitably disturbing "Aerobics Meltdown" sketch today. Director Peter Atencio wrote a blog post that breaks down all the work that went into it and why it's his favorite Key and Peele sketch this season "and possibly ever." If you're curious what inspired them to produce this sketch, check out our look back at the 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship with host Alan Thicke.

Talking Key and Peele with Series Director Peter Atencio

Comedy Central’s newest sketch series, Key and Peele, premieres tonight. The show is the creation of Mad TV alumni Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. I should acknowledge a bias — a friend of mine, Peter Atencio directed the show’s first season. OK, now on on to the facts: Key and Peele is truly one of the most original, subversive and howl-inducing shows I’ve seen in the last decade. It’s a smart and robust sketch series that that manages to satirize politics, movies, black culture, and white culture, without condescension or pandering to one group. In all truth, it may be that I find the show so sensational because I [...]

How Director Peter Atencio Acts as the Unsung, Essential Third Member of 'Key and Peele'

How Peter Atencio (@Atencio) acts as the unsung, essential third member of 'Key and Peele' #url#

'Key & Peele' Director Recalls Winning a Battle with the Network Over Audience Laughter

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 [...]