Last night was the premiere of Key And Peele, a sketch comedy show created by none other than Key and Peele. Now before you disregard the show entirely, think of how many shows out there that could follow tosh.0. Ok, bad example.
Keegan-Michael Key (the bald one) and Jordan Peele (the burly one) are incredibly unique comedians. Due to both being half white and half black, they can tap into a plethora of characters that most can’t. Race has no boundaries with these men. If you can remember far back enough, Key and Peele both joined MADtv around the same time. I always felt like Jordan’s strengths were in his celebrity impressions while Keegan’s was in his quirky character work. With Key And Peele, they bring back their character and impression talents full force in their “Digital Shorts”. But can that alone support the entire show?
The premiere had its ups and downs. One great “up” was the originality of the sketches. The Ancestry.com commercial caught me off guard mostly because of how well they pulled it off. Usually when commercial breaks, I fiddle around with my iPad to kill time. It wasn’t until I started hearing every black person say they’re related to Thomas Jefferson that I realized this was no ordinary commercial. Not to mention the parody of those stupid chef challenge shows where you’re not sure if the chef is complementing or insulting the contestant. Needless to say, K&P was refreshing to watch.
Even with the show’s originality, (K&P talks to an audience before each series of sketches pertaining to a topic) they’re more entertaining than funny. Most of the sketches left me waiting for something funny to happen. I hope this isn’t the case for the rest of the season, because these comedians are sitting on a gold mine.