The sketch-comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele won over fans — including the President — with their absurd yet brilliant takes on everything from the election to Liam Neeson

By EW Staff
Updated November 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST
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Obviously, I’m always going to be a fan of comedy. Ultimately, I think all of the good sketch comedy that has ever been on TV — The Kids in the Hall, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Mr. Show — has been made by people with a very engaged love (and hatred, and frustration) of things. Key & Peele is another one of that small group of very personal, very present sketch shows. It’s one of the first sketch shows that prove we are moving toward a postracial society or, at least, there’s hope the old racial lines can be blurred by shared pop culture.

I’m friends with the guys on Twitter. I’ve never gotten to know them all that well personally. But in a weird way, from watching the show, I feel like I know them, because the show is such a library of what they love and are frustrated by and are obsessed with. You can sense when you speak in the same language as someone. —Patton Oswalt

Key and Peele on
Meeting President Barack Obama
Peele ”He gave us bro hugs and said to us, ‘I know it’s hard for a brother on TV!’ That was one of our favorite quotes from the meeting. Then he went on to say, ‘Michelle likes the show. And if the First Lady likes it, you know it’s good.”’
Key ”He said, ‘That’s the final word.’ Like, Michelle controls the clicker.”

Their favorite TV show this year
KeyChildrens Hospital. Everything they’re doing is not only groundbreaking in regard to form, it’s also just good. It does the one thing that we all strive to do, which is to make people sit in their living room on their butts and actually laugh out loud at themselves. Childrens Hospital does just that.”

Key & Peele

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