When the just about perfect sketch series Key and Peele went off the air last year, it left a massive hole in the landscape of television comedy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see what they do in movies, but that was a big blow. One of the most provocative and incisive comedy series on TV, Key and Peele established itself as an all-time sketch comedy giant in short order thanks to the consistently tremendous work from writers and co-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, incredible flexibility from director Peter Atencio, and all-around phenomenal work from every crew department that helped deliver the specificity of vision that set Key and Peele apart from its peers.
With Key and Peele’s first feature film Keanu arriving in theaters this week, I’ve tried to narrow down their best sketches to a list of 25…and then rank them…which is crazy. There are nearly 300 Key and Peele sketches, almost all of them successful, and most of them an outright triumph. Narrowing it down to 25 is a daunting and nearly impossible task, which could only be guided by my own sense of humor. The upside of that is that if you like what you see here, there’s an abundant back catalogue to get more of your Key and Peele fix.
Since 25 out of 300 is a real scarce number, here are a few honorable mentionss: ‘Cute Puppies’, ‘The Batmans’, ‘Inner City Wizarding School’, ‘Ficker’, ‘Backhand Fronthand’, ‘Clear History’, and ‘Magical Negro’.