‘Key & Peele’ to End After Its Fifth Season

26 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Key & Peele’ ending after five seasons.

The Comedy Central show “Key & Peele,” an absurdist sketch comedy that has become known for recurring skits like one in which an “anger translator” expresses emotions on President Obama’s behalf, will end after its current season. Co-creator and star Keegan-Michael Key told The Wrap in an interview published Saturday why he and partner Jordan Peele have decided to end the series. “I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.

The show, which airs on Comedy Central, was nominated for seven Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Key. The show also won a Peabody Award in 2013, and Key performed his popular character of President Obama’s “anger translator” along with the president himself earlier this year.

In an exclusive interview with The Wrap, Key said that the decision wasn’t because of Comedy Central and “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart.” (Video via Comedy Central / “Key & Peele”) LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 25: Actors Keegan-Michael Key (L) and Jordan Peele speak onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. On Saturday afternoon, Peele posted to his Twitter page a link to a story in The Wrap by Steve Pond that said the show would be ending its run at the end of the current fifth season. One fan compared the comedians’ departure to that of Dave Chappelle, another star who abruptly walked away from Comedy Central when his show was one of the network’s most beloved offerings.

While fans might be mourning the loss of the sketch series, Key said he and Peele already have plans to collaborate on new projects – including a reboot of a classic comedy franchise. “There will be Key & Peele productions coming up,” he said. “We’re doing the reboot of ‘Police Academy,’ and there’s a TV show in the works that we might do for Comedy Central. From movie nerds obsessed with Liam Neeson to an embattled Jersey Shore couple to clueless sportscasters, the range of character types that the show includes makes it difficult for viewers to predict what they might see tuning in to any given episode.

As is typical of the show’s humor, the skit quickly escalates, knowingly playing on racial caricatures as the two men challenge each other in increasingly expletive-filled tirades. Key told TheWrap that they plan to continue collaborating. “We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years and then come back and do another movie,” he said. “There’s lots of stuff we have cooking up.”

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