Web Comedy is the New ‘Monty Python’: ‘Key & Peele’ Weigh In


You may know Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele best for their famous sketch: Obama and Luther. The comedy duo often spoofs President Obama on Comedy Central’s appropriately named sketch show Key & Peele, but they’ve certainly got a few other laughs up their sleeves. Including the recent Dubstep skit, which turned the wildly popular musical style into an affliction I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s the perfect way to support their viewpoint on comedy: make it absurd.

“Everything changed because of social media. Everything has to change…” Key tells Hollywood.com. Now that social media is an integral part of comedy, it’s necessary to stay on top of what people are talking about. (And let’s face it, the Internet is practically a playground for Dubstep digs.)

Of course, comedians can’t just take a trending topic, whip up a joke, and immediately be funny. In order for a sketch to catch on, you need to go further, according to Key and Peele. “The stuff that seems to really, really, really take off online is stuff that’s comparable – stylistically – to Monty Python,” says Peele.

And no, that doesn’t mean the best stuff on the Internet is full of British accents, silly walks, and Terry Jones in a dress. Instead, it’s simply absurd. “There’s a deconstruction of comedy that’s happening in this medium. Things that are avant-garde are the things that take off,” adds Key.

And there’s a reason you have to be a bit ridiculous if you’re trying to grab eyes on the Internet: It’s the way we watch that content. Now people get their web videos so many different ways: on their phones, iPads, and iPods. The viewing experience is changing and it takes a lot to fully engross your audience. The competition is steep, but that’s why we’ve got such a wealth of comedy at our fingertips right now.

“Look at it this way: If you’re looking at an 11-inch screen and you’re laughing out loud, someone’s doing something right,” says Key. It’s pretty hard to argue with that. The only question that remains is: Does their Dubstep skit pass the tiny-screen test?

Key & Peele airs Wednesday nights at 10:30 PM ET on Comedy Central.

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[Photo Credit: Danny Felds/Comedy Central]


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Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.