THESE ARE THE TOP 10 KEY & PEELE SKETCHES
Over on vulture.com we ranked all 298 of Key & Peele's sketches. Here, we present the top 10. For the full list visit: http://vult.re/1MlEe4e
- •East/West College Bowl” (Season 2, Episode 2)Davoin Shower Handel. Beezer Twelve Washingbeard. The player formerly known as Mousecop. This sketch never stops being funny, never stops being shared, and at the end of K&P’s run, is still the most repeatable and everlasting of all K&P sketches. Long live the king.
- •“Continental Breakfast” (Season 3, Episode 7)"Aren't you a tiny plum?” This glorious exploration of one man’s ecstatic excitement for a simple hotel continental breakfast leads all the way up to a triumphant Shining button that wraps it all in a crazy bow. From the costumes to Peele’s haircut to the extras, this ridiculous premise kept notching up until it finally reached No. 2 on this very list.
- •“Gremlins 2 Brainstorm” (Season 5, Episode 9)Here, Peele is “Star Magic Jackson Jr.” — which, in a series that gave us countless incredible made-up names, is one of the all-time finest — who has arrived at the film studio to pitch ideas for Gremlins 2. Further proof positive that nobody did movie-related bits better than K&P, whether simply chatting onstage, in the car, or in sketch format. This one is just wonderfully funny and unpredictable, and left us with another classic character just in time for the finale.
- •“Valet Guys: What About Non-Stop,Though?” (Season 2, Episode 3)Welcome to the world, Valet Guys. Two characters K&P clearly loved to play, and another example of how a recurring sketch’s introduction often stays its prime example. Liam Neesons forever. Bruce Willises forever.
- •“Insult Comic” (Season 3, Episode 6)New sections of this sketch make me laugh every single time. Maybe it’s the way Peele says "paaaaain medication,” for instance, or "make fun of the burrrrns,” or his final devastating cry of pain. A look at hecklers through a new lens, and one of the straight-up funniest sketches the show ever gave us.
- •“Negrotown” (Season 5, Episode 11)When Key is arrested by a white cop for doing nothing, he bumps his head and is transported by a magical homeless man to Negrotown, a world where black people can wear hoodies, hail cabs, and get their loans approved. With bright production values and a Music Man–style sing-along, the sketch manages to be both cutting and joyous, a tone that K&P perfected by the end of their run. The final beat is aptly stark and, somehow, exactly the ending required.
- •“Substitute Teacher” (Season 2, Episode 4)A K&P institution that may soon be a feature film, and probably the show’s greatest use of Key’s skill at playing “exasperation,” Mr. Garvey’s introduction of A-A-Ron and De-nice will go down forever in sketch lore.
- •“Video Game Sensors” (Season 2, Episode 7)A Wii-style game with attached sensors becomes the downfall of Key’s character, who keeps retreating to his room to break down over his ex-girlfriend while his emotional state plays out through his video-game avatar. Props to the graphics/animation team for creating hilarious avatar sadness in more ways than one. A novel idea turned into a truly wonderful sketch.
- •“Aerobics Meltdown” (Season 4, Episode 9)Peele is Flash and Key is Lightning, two competitors in an ’80s-style fitness video that quickly turns into a nightmare. This was late-period K&P at their finest, thanks to the sheer bravado in which they tackle this situation, the terrifying smile on Peele’s face as we — and Key — learn the truth, and their commitment to keeping the movement flowing.
- •“Obama’s Anger Translator: Meet Luther” (Season 1, Episode 1)The first, and still the strongest, of the anger translator bits. So young! So new! So exciting! The world was their oyster, and this sketch established K&P as a show and a brand, though subsequent revisits to Luther didn’t elicit as much of an impact, in my opinion. Still, this remains K&P’s signature sketch for many.