The Best Joint Key & Peele Appearances That Weren’t in ‘Key & Peele’

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The Best Joint Key & Peele Appearances That Weren’t in ‘Key & Peele’

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peeles friendship transcends genres, mediums and even this mortal realm, considering they play stop-motion demons in their latest collaboration. That said, their collaborations have become more infrequent due to one of them being an acclaimed horror director and the other having the supreme honor of playing Marios talking mushroom friend. So let's look back at joint appearances that werent in Key & Peele and rate them by Key & Peele-ness. Starting with... 

Get Out (2017)

As a psychological horror movie, Get Out is very good. As social commentary on 21st-century race relations in the U.S., it might be even better. But as a Key and Peele product? 0/10, sorry. They arent even in the same scene. Peele voices a dying deer (see above) while Keegan supposedly appears as one of the Black people who show up in Roses laptop when she Bings NCAA prospects, according to IMDb, although this cameo has never been confirmed by either of them. (Side note: the protagonist probably should have realized his girlfriend was a dangerous psychopath when he learned shes the one person on the planet using Bing.)

Wanderlust (2012)

 

Once again, they dont even interact in this movie: Peele plays a member of a hippie commune while Key is an HBO exec who rejects Jennifer Anistons R-rated penguin documentary. (Explicit language aimed at penguins in the clip below.) 

However, I’m ranking this above Get Out because that car pond scene is pretty funny. I honestly wouldnt have minded if Key & Peele had stretched that one joke into a five-minute bit. 

Toy Story 4 (2019)

 

The duo joined the wholesome world of Pixar as adorable stuffed animals who beat up Buzz Lightyear for no reason (its not like they know hes played by Tim Allen), who later reveal their elaborate plan to stalk and terrorize an old woman. So, while theyre finally together on screen at the same time, I’m giving this one a relatively low ranking because its just too nasty.

Wendell & Wild (2022)

 

If Key & Peele was about demon siblings trying to manipulate an orphaned juvenile delinquent into Beetlejuice-ing their way into the land of the living and was done using stop-motion animation by the guy from The Nightmare Before Christmas, it would look a lot like this. Its not, though, so I’m ranking this inventive film at #7. 

Storks (2016)

 

Key is the alpha, while Peele is the beta in a pack of wolves who decide they cant eat a baby because its just too adorable. Instead, they downgrade their intended crime from baby murder to simple kidnapping. Theyre still planning to kill the babys friends, though. Its much funnier than it sounds, and I could see it as a Key & Peele sketch if theyd done it in furry costumes instead of via animation.

Fargo (2014)

 

Key and Peele have some pretty Key & Peele-esque moments when they play FBI Agents Key and Peele in the first season of Fargo. (Okay, those arent really their names in the show, but they might as well be.) For starters, they let Billy Bob Thornton kill like 20 people because they were distracted while arguing about lunch. I have to admit, however, that Key and Peele get shot in the head and die in the snow without a punchline would be a pretty weak idea for a sketch. 

Still, its a huge missed opportunity that this show didnt cast them as different Keys and Peeles from across the decades in each season, let alone go through the effort of deepfaking them into the original Coen Brothers movie. A shame. 

Rick and Mortys A Rickle in Time (2015)

 

The Season Two episode A Rickle in Time (the one with the splitting timelines) features Key and Peele as giant-testicle-shaped time cops from the fourth dimension who try to arrest Rick for messing with time crystals. Rick, of course, evades them, and when they try to get their revenge on him, they end up beating Albert Einsteins ass instead. Honestly, I’m surprised there wasnt a beating Albert Einsteins ass sketch in Key & Peele already. 

MADtv (2003-2008)

 

At its best, MADtv was actually Key & Peele & A Bunch of Other People. At its worst, it was Saturday Night Live with Crappier Production Values. Key and Peeles sketches in MADtv are much more hit-and-miss than in their own show, and some of them have a distinct Hey, the episodes running short, can anyone do whatever for six minutes? feel to them, but as the Good Morning, Miss Bliss to Key & Peeles Saved by the Bell it still deserves a spot in the top three. 

Epic Rap Battles of History (2013)

 

Key & Peele had a number of rap battle-themed sketches, and they helped write their ERB appearances while actively working on the show, so these are pretty much honorary webisodes. They havent appeared in the series since 2013, but it would be cool if they returned one day for the ultimate rap battle: Key (played by Peele) versus Peele (played by Key). 

Keanu (2016)

 

Keanu, the story of two suburban cousins posing as gangsters in order to retrieve their adorable kitty cat, is basically one long Key & Peele sketch with no ad breaks. Being longer means it actually has room for stuff like character development, dramatic stakes, and of course, George Michael appreciation. The three keys to any successful narrative, according to Aristotle.

Keanus greatest achievement is that it makes us wonder about the lives and hidden dramatic potential of some of their sketch characters. Does Star Magic Jackson Jr. from the Gremlins 2 sketch do anything outside of being a sequel doctor? What would their President Obama character be like if he was real? The possibilities are endless. 

Follow Maxwell Yezpiteloks heroic effort to read and comment on every '90s Superman comic at Superman86to99.tumblr.com. 

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