The 20 Funniest Key & Peele Sketches, Ranked
The 20 Funniest Key & Peele Sketches, Ranked

The 20 Funniest Key & Peele Sketches, Ranked

The 20 Funniest Key & Peele Sketches, Ranked

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  • “Key and Peele” pushed boundaries with its adult-based humor, tackling social awareness, race relations, ethnic stereotypes, and pop culture references.
  • The show introduced memorable characters like Luther, Obama’s anger translator, and Meegan and Andre, the awkward couple.
  • The skits were both funny and thought-provoking, addressing real issues like bullying, child abuse, and homophobia while keeping audiences entertained.



The best Key and Peele skits took a more risqué approach to the news of the day than on shows like Saturday Night Live thanks to its home on cable television. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele created Key and Peele in 2012 after they both worked on Mad TV, bringing a more adult-based humor surrounding social awareness, race relations, ethnic stereotypes, and pop culture references. What resulted was five seasons, 53 episodes, and 298 different sketches before the show ended its run in 2015.

Key and Peele episodes introduced the world to several original characters that became popular enough to warrant repeat appearances. These include Luther, the anger translator for then-President Barack Obama, the awkward couple Meegan and Andre, The Valets who have an insatiable love for movies, and more. They also brought in their versions of real characters, including several sketches involving their interpretation of President Obama. With so many great sketches to choose from, the best Key and Peele skits stand as some of the best on TV.

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20 Gremlins 2 Brainstorm

Season 5, Episode 9

The sequel doctor screaming in Key and Peele for Gremlins 2

In season 5, Jordan Peele took on the role of Star Magic Jackson Jr., who said he was a sequel doctor and made sure that when a studio “dropped a deuce,” he was there to make sure it went right. In his first appearance, he walked into a meeting where the writing team was brainstorming Gremlins 2. He then went around the table and asked people what kind of Gremlins they wanted to see, with each idea more ridiculous than the one before (and all ending with an idea for a Hulk Hogan cameo). The best punchline is that every idea he approved actually ended up in Gremlins 2, no matter how silly they sounded.

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19 Laron Can’t Laugh

Season 4, Episode 5

Jordan Peele as Laron in Key and Peele.

In one of the most bizarre Key and Peele skits, Peele plays Laron, a man who has no idea how to laugh. The sketch has a group of friends in an apartment sharing funny stories. While everyone laughs at the jokes, Laron just starts twitching and convulsing without making a sound. No one has any idea what he is doing, but he admits this is how he laughs. When he starts going over the top, convulsing around the apartment, while trashing things, it just keeps growing to ridiculous levels. The punchline where he reveals why he didn’t want to laugh sells the entire sketch.

18 Video Game Sensors

Season 2, Episode 7

A kid curled up in a video game on Key and Peele

“Video Game Sensors” is a Key and Peele skit that is funny because it is really sad – but then it switches gears and turns into something quite disturbing. A group of friends is playing video games and one of them is breaking down over the loss of his ex-girlfriend. At one point, he goes into his bedroom, and he is still wearing his gaming sensor, so everyone watches him have a breakdown through his avatar on the TV. He has no clue when he returns, but then he sees a photo of his ex and goes back in, and they all watch him pleasure himself, with everyone gathering around the TV to watch his avatar replicate his body motions. The awkwardness was brilliant.

17 Obama’s Anger Translator: Meet Luther

Season 1, Episode 1

Obama and his anger translator Luthor on Key and Peele

Jordan Peele mastered President Barack Obama in his mannerisms and dialect, but the best of the Presidential sketches came when Key began to play his anger translator Luther. The joke was that many people said that Obama was too laid back and didn’t show enough emotion. This caused him to bring in an anger translator, who said what Obama might have really been thinking as he gave his measured politically correct answers to questions. The sketch was so beloved that the real President Obama invited Key to reprise the role at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

16 Manly Tears

Season 2, Episode 9

A tough guy crying manly tears on Key and Peele

“Manly Tears” was a low-key sketch that packed a punch at the end. The success of this was building to that final punchline at the end. Peele was a gangster whose best friend had died. Key was a member of the crew, and he told everyone that they needed to hear what he had to say. When Peele started talking about playing “floor is lava” as a kid with his friend and how they both liked Care Bears, Key seemed to be trying not to laugh the entire time. The punchline at the end showed that the struggle not to laugh was all part of the sketch, which led to the brilliant twist and one-liner that ended the joke.

15 School Bully

Season 2, Episode 7

Jordan Peele bullying a kid in Key and Peele

This is a great sketch because it touches on so many real issues – bullying, child abuse, the education system – in hysterical ways. It gets down to the deep-rooted psychological issues behind so many different mentalities in a high school setting that it makes your head spin from the exploration of the different perspectives involved while also making you laugh. It’s one of the most emotionally-investing and hilarious sketches in Key and Peele history. Plus, the sketch gets bonus points for featuring Andre Royo – a.k.a. Bubbles from The Wire – as the bully’s dad.

14 Insult Comic

Season 3, Episode 6

The Insult Comic on Key and Peele

Season 3 of Key And Peele introduced Keegan-Michael Key as an insult comic at a comedy club who begins his act by tearing into the crowd members, though he quickly meets his match when he comes across Jordan Peele’s character, who has been visibly burned. The comic moves on to the next potential target, though Peele’s character insists that he get roasted just like the rest of the comedy fans. The sketch quickly turns uncomfortable as the jokes fail terribly and Peele’s discomfort, pain, and cries through his electrolarynx were not only darkly hilarious but also touched on the delicate balance of appropriate comedy decisions.

13 Text Message Confusion

Season 4, Episode 3

Key looks confused at a text in Key and Peele

In most of their sketches, Key and Peele either play friends or enemies. Their chemistry is so incredible that they can either play characters who love each other or characters who hate each other. But in this sketch, it’s like Peele is playing one of the friendly characters and Key is playing one of the contentious characters who found themselves in the same sketch due to confusion over the meaning of a text message. This is a hilarious sketch because it’s a situation that people find themselves in every day – minus the baseball bat with nails sticking out of it.

12 Gay Wedding Advice

Season 4, Episode 1

Key and Peele dressed as older men

Key and Peele always know the perfect way to use the “straight man” trope from sketch comedy. In fact, in this case, ironically, the “straight man” is the only gay man in the room. Peele plays a mildly homophobic guy with a gay co-worker and a gay cousin who’s getting married. So, he recruits the gay co-worker – played by Key – to explain the ins and outs of a gay wedding to Peele’s homophobic family. All he’s trying to say is that it’s basically the same as any other wedding, but they keep asking stupid questions like, “When do we get to sing ‘It’s Raining Men’?” It points out the stupidity of homophobia so hilariously.

11 Wendell’s Pizza Order

Season 2, Episode 5

Jordan Peele on the phone

A recurring sketch from Key & Peele starred Jordan Peele as the obese pop-culture fan Wendell, who first appeared in the “Pizza Order” sketch from the second season that saw him attempting to hide the fact that he was ordering a large amount of food just for himself when questioned by Keegan-Michael Key’s order-taker Carlos.

Wendell hilariously runs through his collectible-filled room using the various character names as players in his fabricated story, which takes a dark and sudden twist when Carlos expresses interest in one of the action figures. Wendell would continue to return in hilariously uncomfortable situations that included a fantasy-heavy music video and a sex addicts meeting.

10 The Andre & Meegan Saga

Various Sketches

Andre and Meegan on Key and Peele

It’s impossible to pick just one Andre and Meegan sketch because the characters work so well in every scenario the show puts them in, and their relationship develops over the course of several sketches, so their whole romantic saga gets a mention. From their first date to the whole jacket debacle to all the beatings Andre had to take on account of Meegan’s big mouth, Andre and Meegan comically represent a specific type of couple that we all know – the couples that probably shouldn’t be together, yet couldn’t live without each other. They nail the voices and the mannerisms perfectly.

9 East/West College Bowl

Season 2, Episode 2

Peele as Davoin Shower-Handel

There’s no way to quite describe what makes this sketch work, but it’s pretty clear that it does work. The names of the football players in this Key and Peele skit get more and more outlandish, going from double-barreled to Biblical to bilingual to just sound effects. Even the names of the colleges they’re from become stranger and stranger. The structure of the writing works wonders for the comedy because it’s just one punchline after another. It’s just one setup (East Coast) followed by about 30 punchlines, and then another setup (West Coast) followed by another 30 punchlines. And then there’s the final punchline: a white guy with the hysterically generic name Dan Smith.

8 Obama Meet and Greet

Season 4, Episode 1

Peele as Obama greeting Key

Barack Obama has actually said that Jordan Peele does his favorite celebrity impression of himself. Peele played Obama in a few sketches, taking him from his college years to teaching Malia to drive to hiring an anger translator. But it’s “Obama Meet and Greet” that is arguably the funniest of the bunch, as Peele plays Obama at a meet and greet in which he’s very reserved and professional with white people and very informal and affectionate with black people. When he reaches Key, he’s not sure what to do – until one of his aides informs him he’s one-eighth black, and he says, “Afternoon, my octoroon!”

7 Valet Movie Fans

Various Episodes

Key and Peele talk as the valet movie characters.

Key & Peele’s hardcore action movie fans appeared in a number of sketches as they hyped each other up over their favorite films and actors including “Liam Neesons” and “Bruce Willys” while working as hotel valets that occasionally encountered their celebrity heroes. The sketch touched on typical conversations between friends at the water cooler but amplified to the extreme pure Key & Peele fashion as each subsequent appearance of the Valet Movie Fans escalated further and further like the very films they enjoyed discussing with so much passion.

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6 A Cappella

Season 5, Episode 2

JOrdan Peele crying while wearing a wig

What makes “A Cappella” work so well is that it’s a light, fun examination of a real racial issue. The characters both know that for whatever reason, the group of white guys can only have one black guy in it, so they engage in a Highlander-like “There can only be one!” struggle to be that guy. Everything in the composition of the sketch is considered. As soon as the white guys leave, the bright color palette switches to a darker, bleaker, grittier one. The characters’ voices change to a deeper, more sinister tone. Plus, everything they do to fit in adheres to stereotypes to win over white people.

5 Alien Imposters

Season 4, Episode 1

Key and Peele with guns as Alien Inposters in Key and Peele

“Alien Imposters” expertly uses a premise seen in a million sci-fi action movies – the alien invaders disguise themselves as humans – to point out racism and microaggressions. The set is decorated with post-apocalyptic debris and graffiti that tells us to “Trust no one,” the shots are angled and color-graded like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, and the special effects make it look like a real movie. That helps to sell the satire of racism because it puts us in a real movie and then starts doling out the jokes.

4 Continental Breakfast

Season 3, Episode 7

Jordan Peele eating breakfast in Key and Peele

Jordan Peele shone as an enthusiastic hotel guest enjoying the newfound luxuries of the included complimentary breakfast that truly touched on some of the stranger comedy elements of the series while eliciting gut-wrenching laughter due to Peele’s reactions to the bountiful offerings. Peele’s traveling guest’s incorrect assumptions about pastries and odd methods of consuming fruit, all while exuberantly sharing in his delight with the fellow patrons of the hotel combined with a pitch-perfect reference to The Shining only further cements this sketch as one of the best of the series.

3 “I Said, B**********.”

Season 1, Episode 1

Key and Peele hiding in a tree

Key and Peele played two married friends as they toured a new house together with their wives before the men split away to talk on their own, which soon turned towards typical complaints about their marriage that were geared around a particular phrase. Each complaint began with an increasingly hilarious rendition of “I said, b****” that they went to greater and greater lengths to prevent their wives from hearing as they challenged one another, which felt immediately familiar to a number of fans enjoying guy talk while avoiding trouble.

2 Substitute Teacher

Season 2, Episode 4

Key as an angry teacher in Key and Peele

This sketch proved to be so popular that there was even interest in adapting it into a feature-length movie about Key’s character Mr. Garvey in various other school-based scenarios. On the surface, it just seems like a silly sketch where a substitute teacher mispronounces all the students’ names and gets angry when they try to correct him. However, it’s actually a very clever race-swapping satire, as the no-nonsense black substitute teacher who has taught kids in the inner city for 20 years comes to a school with a predominantly white student body and can’t pronounce any of the white kids’ names.

1 Aerobics Meltdown

Season 4, Episode 9

Key and Peele doing aerobics

The best Key & Peele sketches are the ones that are filmed and edited in a cinematic way, with convincing acting and engaging writing to back up the visual style. “Aerobics Meltdown” is a prime example of that, as it’s a dark take on perhaps the corniest subculture ever popularized. The aerobics video parts look like they were shot on VHS in the ‘80s, from the image quality to how the actors seamlessly embody the cheesy dancers from that era, while the behind-the-scenes parts look like a dramatic retelling in an Oscar-baiting Ron Howard-type movie (Ron’s brother Clint Howard even plays the guy holding the signs off-camera).

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    Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele showcase their comedic and improvisation skills in Key & Peele, a sketch show produced for Comedy Central. Airing for 5 seasons from 2012 to 2015, Key & Peele pokes fun at a large number of topical and timeless issues with satirical humor.

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