BY THOMAS FOTI
Comedy duo Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele returned to Comedy Central Wednesday night for the season three premiere of “Key and Peele.”
In the first two seasons, Key and Peele have entertained audiences with sketches such as the East-West Bowl, President Barack Obama’s anger translator and the substitute teacher who cannot pronounce his student’s names.
Season three will feature 13 episodes, but viewers were able to get a couple sneak peeks at the upcoming season. Key and Peele released a trailer that featured a Mr. T impression, and parodies of “Les Miserables” and the “Saw” franchise. The duo also released their second installment of the East-West Bowl with a whole new set of players ready to introduce themselves. Comedians Gabriel Igelesias, Jack McBrayer and New York Knicks’ forward Metta World Peace will all guest star at some point.
Key and Peele’s show mirrors the format of “Chappelle’s Show.” Just like Dave Chappelle, there is a combination of live segments in front of a studio audience that are used to introduce the filmed sketch.
The duo’s on-air chemistry during the live segments makes for many funny moments before and in between sketches. Both Key and Peele’s careers go back to the days of “MADtv” where the two starred in several comedy skits together.
Key and Peele gained their fan base in different ways. Coach Hines, played by Key, made him an Internet sensation. Multiple Coach Hines videos on YouTube have more than 1 million views. Peele made a name for himself through his spot-on impressions of Flavor Flav, Ja Rule and President Obama. During an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” the real Obama praised the anger translator sketch.
According to the Nielson Media Research, “Key and Peele” averaged 1.5 million viewers per episode, which was number one in its timeslot with men 18-34.
The show airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. Beginning Thursday every episode of “Key and Peele” will be available on iTunes, Xbox Video and Amazon Instant video.
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