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Key & Peele To Make Big Screen Leap - Teaming w/ Judd Apatow For Universal Comedy Feature

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 13, 2013 12:49 PM
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Key & Peele
And it was just a couple of days ago when I shared on my Facebook page that, despite making several attempts watching their Comedy Central sketch series, their brand of humor just hasn't quite won me over.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key and Peele fame have partnered up with Judd Apatow to pen an untitled feature comedy for Universal Pictures, which will see both Key and Peele star, with Apatow producing via his Apatow Productions company.

To be executive produced by Key and Peele, the comedy feature's plot is not yet public info, as the project is being kept underwraps.

Apatow did say, to Deadline, about Key & Peele, “I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can’t stop laughing, funny [...] I think Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now.” 

And what kind of movie would that be? Might it "start a conversation about race" as recent dramas have been said to do, but instead using humor to highlight and tackle some hard truths?

Or maybe it has absolutely nothing at all to do with race.

Apatow has certainly raised the bar with that comment!

This news comes a week or two after Comedy Central renewed Key & Peele for a 4th season.

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  • Shelby | November 24, 2013 10:19 PMReply

    I actually really enjoy their show! I find it pretty hilarious, especially the President's anger translator skits. As a white girl who has dated many races, I don't think it's all about race on the show. It does have a good amount of racial skits, but in today's world, it's kind of nice to see it being brought to the light in a comedic way. I personally love the cross dressing skits, it shows that they are comfortable with their sexuality and don't care about opinions. I'm excited they will be in a movie!

  • 90056 | November 17, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    didn't Apatow direct Funny People..?
    not funny at all….

  • Alias | November 14, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    I don't find them funny and I don't know which is which. And do they REALLY have a large white following? I will be interested to see how they play on the big screen in terms of broad interest and box office appeal.

    Often funny is funny (i.e. Seinfeld, George Carlin, Chris Rock, Tosh, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Kathy Griffin) and sometimes funny -- depending on who is delivering the funny -- is subject to only being funny to a specific racial/ethnic audience.

    Although, the short one who wears glasses was on last night's episode of "Modern Family," in the B story with Ed O'Neil and he was funny. ... But, of course, the writing on "Modern Family," is stellar, so it would be difficult for someone with decent to exemplary comedic skills not to be funny on that show.

  • Astralgirl01 | November 14, 2013 11:45 AMReply

    So now Apatow has decided to recognize Black people exist? Must be tired of getting hammered, especially since he produces Girls, the most whitewashed TV show to ever hit the airwaves.

  • Akimbo | November 14, 2013 10:25 PM

    Huh? Just about every film Judd's made has had a black guy in it. Black women, however, are few and far between in his universe.

  • Arthur | November 14, 2013 9:31 AMReply

    Let's congrat these guys on their success! They used to write for Mad TV and now have thier own show and are working with on eof the most successful comedy writers/directors of this generation. Race/color have nothing to do with it.....stop the hate!

  • Akimbo | November 14, 2013 1:46 AMReply

    I like the show and think these guys are immensely talented. Definitely interested in seeing what comes of this.

  • getthesenets | November 14, 2013 12:53 AMReply

    these guys are terrible

    three separate times channel surfed and watched their show
    all three of them was in drag

    typical garbage

    when david allen grier had the show on that network..he wore drag in almost every episode

    how"s that for a "box"?

    let flip wilson/ geraldine rest in peace

  • Cinemapsycho | November 14, 2013 12:33 AMReply

    Sometimes funny is just funny, and race has nothing to do with it. Ever consider that?

  • other song | November 13, 2013 2:25 PMReply

    I haven't watched these guys since they debuted, but are they still doing fringe Black nerd/appeal to White hipster humor? If so, pass....

  • Troy | November 13, 2013 9:06 PM

    I don't think they are funny either. However I'm sure you like somebody that most people find extremely lame. My usage of you was pointed toward them and the type of over-saturated black famous stars that get gigs on black networks. However Kevin Hart is getting Keenan and Chris Rock gigs.

  • other song | November 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    homie, please miss me with the tirade. You're bringing up BET like I give a f*ck. So they're biracial, huh.... must be the light side haha. I kid, I kid. Anyway, different strokes for different folks.

  • Troy | November 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    No they are doing bi-racial nerd appeal to young people humor. Both of these guys identify as bi-racial which is probably why they could never get a show on BET since you must limit yourself to box when being black in order to appeal to blacks. Black entertainment seems to only have space for one on top of their lists. That's why it is only one black successful comedian at a time. Kevin Hart supplanted Katt Williams. Black male television actors will never be able to compete with sports stars so no leading black man will have much success on television when he has to be able to compete with football. Which also why Taraji Henson has had the biggest action sequences on television of any other black person because black women are much more viable on television. If these guys can't get a comedy movie made with only Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Craig Robinson, and the Wayans able to do so recently before them who does. Where is this new star coming from? If you can't sellout a nationwide tour, don't come from a powerhouse family, don't have a major production deal, don't work with white actors who put out 3 movies a year, or don't have your own show getting renewed for a 4th season then you won't be getting a movie produced for you to star in if your are a black man who does comedy. Ensemble movies exempt from this.

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