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Trust me, you don’t want to miss Key & Peele this Wednesday at 10:30p / 9:30c on Comedy Central.

Tonight we’re back in our regular 10:30pm/9:30c time slot with a special best-of episode featuring our favorite sketches from seasons 1 & 2 and a sneak preview of next week’s season premiere. Comedy Central was also nice enough to put this episode up free to watch RIGHT NOW on both the CC homepage as well as Hulu, so check it out!

This made my day. (context, if you’re unaware)

This made my day. (context, if you’re unaware)

Tim Cook’s Keynote Meltdown

The first sketch from season 2 of Key & Peele is now online, and presents Keegan as the Apple CEO, desperate to escape the long shadow of Steve Jobs. Just a nod to a few of the many people who worked hard on this one: the practical effect at the end was done by our friends at AllSets (along with our amazing makeup team headed by Scott Wheeler) and the vfx were done by the infamous Fatal Farm. I’m especially proud of the special effects work they both did this season for the show. We’ve got some amazing stuff I can’t wait for people to see, and this is just a nice little appetizer. Just a reminder, you can now watch every episode of season 1 for free at Comedy Central’s website. until the new season premieres on September 26th, right after a new episode of South Park.

Key & Peele - Zombies!

This is the cold open to tonight’s episode, which only gets better from here. There’s also a huge special effects duel, a look inside Jayden Smith’s bedroom, a one-take sketch about gay marriage, and Paul F. Tompkins guest-starring in my favorite Obama sketch of the season. TONIGHT IS A VERY GOOD EPISODE. 10:30ET on Comedy Central, but also available on amazon and itunes for those of you with an aversion to giving your money to cable companies (I feel you, I feel you).

Soul Food →

One of my favorite sketches of the season is up right now as an exclusive at Yahoo. Written by Colton Dunne, directed by me, shot by Charles Papert, and edited by Adam Lichtenstein. I’m contractually obligated to tell you that Key & Peele premieres next Tuesday, January 31st at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

"Key & Peele" Live Taping

As you may know, I’ve spent the last several months directing a new sketch show for Comedy Central called Key & Peele. The show stars MadTV alums Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, with executive producers Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, and was written by them along with Becky Drysdale, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders, Colton Dunn, and Sean Conroy. It’s something I’m very proud of, and I’m excited for people to see it, which is where you come in: 

We’re taping our live audience segments next week, from January 10th - 13th, and I’d love for you to come be a part of it. We will shoot two episodes worth of live material a night, and in addition to the live show you’ll also be the first audience anywhere to see some of the 54 new sketches we shot on location for the series. The shows tape at 6 pm each night, and shouldn’t take more than 3 hours to record, and you have the option of leaving after the first episode of the night if need be. This has been a huge undertaking (I’m directing all 8 episodes of both sketch and live material) and it would mean a lot to me to have my friends come to the show (not to mention it’d be great to stack the deck with friends since we’ll be recording the audience laughs to sketches for playback on air). If you can’t make it, that’s fine too, the show premieres on Tuesday January 31st at 10:30pm, right after the season premiere of Tosh.0.

Space is limited, so let us know as soon as you can, and specify exactly how many seats you’ll need. We’re taping at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, which is located at 4718 West Washington Blvd in central LA (near La Brea & Washington), and again, we’re taping for four nights in a row, January 10th-13th, at 6pm.

If you’d like to reserve tickets, please email me at the address below. Space is limited, and it is first come first serve:

keypeeletickets@gmail.com

It’s official.

I will be the sole director on all 8 episodes of Key & Peele for Comedy Central. I’m very excited to be a part of the show, and even though it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work to do every episode, I think having a single director for the season will give the show an important consistency of voice that most comedy shows don’t get to have. We’re in a unique position to be able to do this because of the flexibility of our schedule that Comedy Central has been good enough to accommodate. This allows us to approach production more like a feature film with lots of advance prep, and I can’t wait to begin production on the 52 new sketches we will be shooting over five weeks in Oct. / Nov. and the new live audience segments that we will tape in December, each of which are going to be hilarious. We approached the sketches on the pilot with the intent to make them more like stand-alone short films than typical tv sketches, and we’ll be using that same approach on the full show. It is our sincere goal to make the show one of the best sketch comedy shows of all time. A lofty ring to reach for, we know, but one that we take seriously. I look forward to showing you what we’ve done when the show begins airing in late January of 2012.

Deadline.com: Comedy Central OKs Two New Sketch Series →

So that thing I directed a while ago got picked up! I am very excited to be working with Keegan & Jordan on their show, because they are two extremely funny and phenomenally talented writers and performers. And Jay and Ian are pretty cool too, I guess. Mostly, it’s weird to know what I’m going to be working on more than two weeks in advance for once. Also, congrats to Nick Kroll and everyone who worked on his show as well (especially Inman Young!).

Production begins this week. Get excited!

Production begins this week. Get excited!

The Sklar Brothers have a new Comedy Central stand-up special that airs tonight. I suggest you watch it, because if it pulls less than a 1.0 rating, Viacom said that one of them has to die.

The Sklar Brothers have a new Comedy Central stand-up special that airs tonight. I suggest you watch it, because if it pulls less than a 1.0 rating, Viacom said that one of them has to die.