Key & Peele on Comedy Central: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's New Sketch Series
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Key & Peele mixes topical humor with timeless pieces and Key notes that they are more inclined to rely on satire than parody. Issues of race figure prominently into the episode I saw, particularly in relation to both actors' biracial backgrounds.
It's a show so adeptly written that you may intend to watch it just for the laughs, but you'll end up thinking a lot about the topics the two explore.
"There are a few pieces in the show that I think are safe to say are caustic politically," Key explains. "There are some social comments we're making in the show as well."
For Key and Peele, it's a careful balancing act on the edge of humor.
"We're making a big effort to be irreverent without being just disgusting or to be irreverent without being mean," Key stresses. Their goal, he adds, is laughs, not gasps.
"Surprise is not humor," he says. "I think that there can be a fine line there."
Together, though, Key and Peele are hitting their comedic stride. And it all happened thanks to one chance nerdfest.