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My Buddy Keegan: Just in ‘Time’

time coverYep, that’s Keegan-Michael Key ’96g, with his Key & Peele co-star Jordan Peele, gracing the cover of Time‘s Ideas Issue, hitting newsstands now.

In the magazine, Key and Peele author a piece on America’s obsession with political correctness and what it means for comedy. It’s brilliant stuff, and like everything Key does, it will probably make you laugh. But it’ll also make you think. When I interviewed Key for our March/April cover story, we had a surprisingly philosophical discussion about comedy. Key blew my mind with his insights into satire, comedic timing, the element of surprise—and why the funniest jokes are almost always the results of intelligent, critical observation. The Time article touches on some of the same ideas, and Key and Peele reveal “the true purpose of humor.” A favorite snippet:

To not make fun of something is, we believe, itself a form of bullying. When a humorist makes the conscious decision to exclude a group from derision, isn’t he or she implying that the members of that group are not capable of self-reflection? Or don’t possess the mental faculties to recognize the nuances of satire? A group that’s excluded never gets the opportunity to join in the greater human conversation.

Check out the full article here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

A Comedy Connection

Keegan-Michael Key '96g and Jordan Peele (as Barack Obama) in a sketch for their Comedy Central show.

It’s not often that scripted television makes me laugh out loud. As a full-fledged reality TV junkie, I’m far more likely to crack up watching the latest Real Housewives blowout or a melodramatic rose ceremony on The Bachelor.

So you can imagine my shock when I found myself in hysterics during Key and Peele, a new sketch comedy show on Comedy Central. The sketches are smart — politically incorrect, but not mean-spirited. And both title stars are very, very funny.

Some of our readers might remember that the “Key” in the title is a Penn Stater: Keegan-Michael Key ’96g earned his MFA at Penn State, and doubly cool, he’s buddies with Ty Burrell ’97g, from ABC’s Modern Family. Both actors have roots in Utah. In this interview from The Salt Lake Tribune, Key mentions their connection, and Burrell made a cameo in a recent Key and Peele sketch.

Key and Peele premiered in January, and it’s been earning rave reviews, like this one from the Los Angeles Times. It airs Tuesdays at 10:30 on Comedy Central.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm 2 comments

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