Why the End of Key & Peele Might Be a Great Thing

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Key & Peele’ to End After Current Season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy Central’s irreverent sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” will come to an end after this season, the network confirmed Sunday. Somewhere, we have to assume that President Obama’s anger translator is very upset with this decision: the current fifth season of the influential Comedy Central sketch series “Key & Peele” will be its last, the network said. Co-creator and star Keegan-Michael Key told the online trade publication “The Wrap” that the decision to stop after the fifth season was his and Jordan Peele’s. Peele broke the news to fans by simply linking to a story on The Wrap regarding the series’ fate after these final eight episodes. “This is our final season – and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us,” Key said. “It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart.

The show won a Peabody Award in 2013 and received a handful of Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Key. That’s the plan right now.'” The show, co-written by the two African-American comedians, gained fame for several sketches but particularly for a running gag in which Peele portrayed President Barack Obama and Key as his alter ego “Luther,” the president’s “anger translator.” Key showed up as Luther alongside the president at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April. As that quote makes clear, this isn’t really the end of Key and Peele, comedy duo—just the end of their sketch show, which since 2012 has been subverting stereotypes, lampooning racial tensions, and generally supplying some of the most robust and surreal comedy around. There are eight episodes left in the current season, all of which have been filmed, so it makes sense for the two to leave voluntarily, with a legacy to be proud of, and with plenty of future collaborations in store.

The pair has already written and shot Keanu—a movie in which they play friends attempting to rescue a kitten from the drug underworld—and they’re at work on a Police Academy reboot, a horror film Peele wrote, and an entirely new show that may air on Comedy Central. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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.

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