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Key & Peele To Make Big Screen Leap – Teaming w/ Judd Apatow For Universal Comedy Feature

Key & Peele To Make Big Screen Leap - Teaming w/ Judd Apatow For Universal Comedy Feature

And it was just a couple of days ago when I shared on my Facebook page that, despite making several attempts watching their Comedy Central sketch series, their brand of humor just hasn’t quite won me over.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame have partnered up with Judd Apatow to pen an untitled feature comedy for Universal Pictures, which will see both Key and Peele star, with Apatow producing via his Apatow Productions company.

To be executive produced by Key and Peele, the comedy feature’s plot is not yet public info, as the project is being kept underwraps.
Apatow did say, to Deadline, about Key & Peele, “I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can’t stop laughing, funny […] I think Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now.” 
And what kind of movie would that be? Might it “start a conversation about race” as recent dramas have been said to do, but instead using humor to highlight and tackle some hard truths?
Or maybe it has absolutely nothing at all to do with race.
Apatow has certainly raised the bar with that comment!
This news comes a week or two after Comedy Central renewed Key & Peele for a 4th season.

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I actually really enjoy their show! I find it pretty hilarious, especially the President's anger translator skits. As a white girl who has dated many races, I don't think it's all about race on the show. It does have a good amount of racial skits, but in today's world, it's kind of nice to see it being brought to the light in a comedic way. I personally love the cross dressing skits, it shows that they are comfortable with their sexuality and don't care about opinions. I'm excited they will be in a movie!


didn't Apatow direct Funny People..?
not funny at all….


I don't find them funny and I don't know which is which. And do they REALLY have a large white following? I will be interested to see how they play on the big screen in terms of broad interest and box office appeal.

Often funny is funny (i.e. Seinfeld, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Tosh, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Kathy Griffin) and sometimes funny — depending on who is delivering the funny — is subject to only being funny to a specific racial/ethnic audience.

Although, the short one who wears glasses was on last night's episode of "Modern Family," in the B story with Ed O'Neil and he was funny. … But, of course, the writing on "Modern Family," is stellar, so it would be difficult for someone with decent to exemplary comedic skills not to be funny on that show.


So now Apatow has decided to recognize Black people exist? Must be tired of getting hammered, especially since he produces Girls, the most whitewashed TV show to ever hit the airwaves.


Let's congrat these guys on their success! They used to write for Mad TV and now have thier own show and are working with on eof the most successful comedy writers/directors of this generation. Race/color have nothing to do with it…..stop the hate!


I like the show and think these guys are immensely talented. Definitely interested in seeing what comes of this.


these guys are terrible

three separate times channel surfed and watched their show
all three times……… of them was in drag

typical garbage

when david allen grier had the show on that network..he wore drag in almost every episode

how"s that for a "box"?

let flip wilson/ geraldine rest in peace


Sometimes funny is just funny, and race has nothing to do with it. Ever consider that?

other song

I haven't watched these guys since they debuted, but are they still doing fringe Black nerd/appeal to White hipster humor? If so, pass….

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