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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
Above: Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key as President Barack Obama and his anger translator, Luther. Apparently, Obama enjoys the skits.
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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been tag teaming since 2004 on MADtv
and it's been a textbook case of finishing each other's sentences ever since, with Key admitting in a Complex interview
that it was comedy crush at first sight. The biracial duo's sketch comedy show Key & Peele
, much like Dave Chappelle's defunct but outrageously perfect Chappelle's Show
, does anything but skirt controversy. And the public appears to approve. Its January 2012 debut season episode ranked as the most popular Comedy Central premiere since 2009, with a tune-in of over two million viewers. No surprise that Just for Laughs is honoring them with the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year award. No surprise that as little as 60 seconds of these guys leaves me on cloud nine, doublehandedly blowing up every SNL sketch I've seen since the cowbell
Key & Peele perform It's Funnier Live on July 27, 2012 at Place des Arts' Cinquième Salle. Admission $36.05 plus service charge. Buy tickets.