Key & Peele Celebrates Teachers in SportsCenter Parody: Watch Now!

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Key & Peele nail ‘SportsCenter’ in spot-on parody comparing teachers to pro athletes.

Their preview for tonight’s new episode is a hilarious SportsCenter-style parody that depicts a world where educators are treated like star athletes—complete with classroom play-by-plays, crazy contract deals, and televised teacher drafts. At least they are in their “Teaching Center” sketch, an almost too-perfect parody of SportsCenter where instead of obsessing over every single detail of the careers of pro athletes, we obsess over a more important profession: Teachers.In the sketch, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele imagine a world in which public school educators are not only extremely well paid but the topic of interest on a “SportsCenter“-like ESPN show called, what else, “TeachingCenter.” On “TeachingCenter,” you’ll meet Ruby Ruhf, who announces via press conference that she’s leaving Ohio to return to New York, having received an offer she “couldn’t refuse”: $80 million over the next six years, along with “an additional $40 million in incentives based on test scores.” There are big-media events like the “teacher draft picks” at Radio City Music Hall, and there’s also a play-by-play analysis of teaching style, examining how these educators successfully increase students’ level of participation (Any “Ghostbusters” fans catch the “Vinz Clortho High” reference in this bit?): There’s even a faux BMW commercial featuring aforementioned teacher Ruby Ruhf (English 11 Honors, AP English Literature) declaring with utmost confidence, “I am the gateway to what is possible. From English teacher Ruby Ruhf’s decision to switch schools, a very LeBron James move, to the news ticker of student test scores, the classroom becomes an exciting, high-stakes world like it’s middle of the NBA playoffs. I am the path to the future.” It’s best if we enjoy these clips while we can, because Key and Peele recently announced that the current season of their titular Comedy Central series will be their last.

We even see a breakdown of what makes a great teacher when one educator calls on a student who didn’t have his hand raised and asks him to answer a question. Skits tonight include a gospel group who must practice without its coach; a prisoner who tries to trick his guard; and a young man who speaks only in catchphrases. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie.” Season Five — which already finished filming — kicked off July 8 and runs through September. “Key & Peele” was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding variety sketch series and won a 2013 Peabody Award. Extant (9 p.m., CBS) – Molly learns Ethan is alive and sets out to get him back, while J.D. looks into Julie’s potential involvement in John’s death. Since the series premiered in 2012, its stars have kept busy with guest-starring work in “Parks and Recreation” (Key), “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (Peele) and “Fargo” (both).

The Jim Gaffigan Show (10 p.m., TV Land) – Jim plans a romantic anniversary that includes a Broadway show and a hotel stay, but the night gets interrupted. Unplugged Nation (10 p.m., FYI) – In the premiere of this new series, a couple and their two children check out three off-the-grid properties in Hawaii and choose one to stay in for three days before making an offer.

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