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The 15 Funniest Key & Peele Sketches Ever

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    Comedy Central is officially your one-stop shop for irreverent, provocative, social satire sketch shows. If it’s send-ups of the female experience you’re after, watch Inside Amy Schumer. For a take on everything from race to — randomly enough — how all of the characters in musicals seem to sing over one another, you want to check out Key & Peele.

    The show kicks off its fifth season on July 8. You’ve surely caught some of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s work before, though. Their East/West College Bowl player introduction videos always go viral during football season. One recurring character, President Obama’s anger translator Luther, became so popular that he even joined our Commander in Chief at this year’s White House correspondents’ dinner.

    In anticipation of tomorrow’s season premiere, we prepared an essential primer of the funniest Key & Peele sketches. Don’t make us get Luther out here to yell at you to watch them.


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    Aerobics Meltdown
    It's Flash versus Lightning at the 1987 Jazz Fit Championships. Everything looks like it's shaping up to be a typical aerobics competition until Lightning receives some devastating news from the cue card holder.

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    Gay Marriage Legalized
    Long before SCOTUS' marriage equality ruling, Key and Peele used LaShawn and Samuel to offer commentary on gay marriage and relationships. The two characters returned in a sketch about health insurance, and the show has also touched on the subject in "Gay Wedding Advice."

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    Les Mis
    Those group numbers in musicals where the characters all sing about their wants and desires — at the same time — are impressive and even cut down on a show's runtime. Although, if you can't understand what any of them are saying, are they really that effective?

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    Auction Block
    The guys on lots B and C think they have a lot to offer. No one at the auction sees it. "We’re not equipped, physically, emotionally, vanity-wise with any of the fortitude to go through what our ancestors had to go through in that situation," Peele told The Daily Beast about this sketch, which they saw as making a statement about modern life. "Your life in slavery is just about to begin, and you’re concerned about why they picked the skinnier guy? I think it makes a very big 21st-century comment."

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    East / West College Bowl
    This one has taken on a life of its own, spawning East / West College Bowl 2 and East / West College Bowl Rap. There's also an easter egg in "East / West College Bowl" that eagle-eyed fans have noticed as a callout to the duo's "Substitute Teacher" sketch.