“Key & Peele” and “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” two recent comedy series that have built a following for their funny, sharp takes on race, politics and other ripe topical subjects, both received renewal notices from their respective networks today.
Comedy Central’s sketch series “Key & Peele,” which stars “MADtv” alums Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, will get a 13-episode third season to air in fall 2013. The show, which wraps its second season on Wednesday, is executive produced by Ian Roberts, Jay Martel and Joel Zadak in addition to Key and Peele, who said in the announcement that “We are so thrilled about the pick-up and want to thank COMEDY CENTRAL for FOUR MORE YEARS! Oh wait, what’s that? One more year? Oh… ok, that will work too.” The series has made a particularly big impact online, with the sketch “Obama Loses His SH*T,” featuring the President (Peele) and his “anger translator” Luther (Key), racking up over 5.2 million views on YouTube.
Executive produced by Chris Rock, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” which wraps up its first season on Thursday with guest John Oliver, features comedian and host Bell in a format reminiscent of “The Daily Show,” with Bell offering observational takes on recent news followed by taped segments and a celebrity interview. After the show’s successful initial run, FX ordered seven additional episodes in September. This just-announced new 13-episode cycle will kick off on Thursday, January 17, with the network’s EVP of Original Programming Nick Grad lauding Bell as “one of the sharpest, smartest and funniest comedians in the business.” FX has also committed to another 13-episode pick-up of “BrandX with Russell Brand.”
Here’s “Movie Hecklers,” still a personal favorite from “Key & Peele”: