As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s also take a moment to remember some of the other people who made sacrifices during the civil right movement, such as the Rev. Robert Jones, the poor sonofabitch who had to follow King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington.
Wandering the wasteland of an abandoned city in the wake of a civilization-ending event, the survivor of humanity’s “undoing” searches for someone…anyone. From tonight’s season 2 finale of Key & Peele, 10:30pm / 9:30pm on Comedy Central.
Our art department, led by Gary Kordan, really knocked it out of the park on this one. We had access to the Universal Studios backlot for our first two weeks of shooting, so I insisted we try and go for as big a scale as possible on the downtown city set. They delivered above and beyond my expectations. It’s fun to watch this one multiple times to see all the little details they crammed into both of the main sets (the abandoned street in the opening and Keegan’s “pleasure depot”). I’d also like to take this time to formally apologize to the extras who didn’t know we were going to blow picture dust all over their vehicle. Hope you guys enjoyed the free auto detailing coupons.
This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever made. It’s got all the right ingredients, a hilarious script / song written by Becky Drysdale, Gary Kordan’s production design, Allison Carroll’s set decoration, costumes by Beth Morgan, hair by Amanda Mofield, makeup by Scott Wheeler, and of course, Charles Papert’s gorgeous (and period-appropriate!) cinematography. Add in choreography by Kathryn Burns, music by Joshua Funk, and orchestral arrangement by Mark Cross, and damn, you got yourself a stew. But of course, the real stars are Keegan and Jordan, who pull this whole thing off fabulously. There’s so many wonderful moments in their performances, both of which are flawless, that it’s really a testament to how good they both really are. I’m incredibly lucky to work with such an amazing group of people, and I’m very thankful to work on this show. Please enjoy this one, we all worked especially hard on it.
I know this video was probably supposed to be funny since its from the Key & Peele show, but I found it very eye-opening instead. Not that it was offensive or anything, just actually addressed real life issues.
It makes me very happy that this little sketch, Honest Bully, which was on the network’s chopping block for quite some time, has really connected with people and is provoking some discussion about bullying. We didn’t put it online on the Comedy Central account, but I hope the network lets this stay up, since it’s getting out there all on its own.
Here’s a sketch that premieres on this week’s episode (WEDNESDAY AT 10:30 / 9:30 ON COMEDY CENTRAL AS IF I NEED TO TELL YOU THAT). I wasn’t emotionally prepared for just how much the guys ended up looking like LMFAO once they had on the wigs & wardrobe. I think some of these background actors might have thought they were in a real LMFAO video.
Here’s a little sneak peek of tomorrow night’s HELLoween episode (we call it HELLoween because the devil lives in hell and demons are scary, GET IT). It’s pretty much been a lifelong dream to make a Halloween episode of a tv show, getting to do it was a lot of fun. It airs Wednesday, Oct. 31st at 10:30 / 9:30c on COMEDY CENTRAL.
This is really cool - someone took our “Bone Thugs & Homeless” sketch and put in the music from Tha Crossroads, which makes it even better (we couldn’t afford to use the original music and Bone Thugs denied our request for the sync rights). Thanks, internet!
This was my favorite script of the season. It’s such a simple idea for a scene, but the escalation between the characters was written perfectly, and it built to a hilarious finish. What made it resonate all the more for me was that I used to do this in high school. I’d go to McDonald’s and want to order a bunch of food because I was super fat, but I’d feel weird asking for three cheeseburgers, so I’d read the order off a little piece of paper and use “we” instead of “I” like I was taking orders for a group of people. A bit of trivia: we shot Keegan’s side of the conversation first, several weeks before we shot Jordan’s side. In Jordan’s original script, all of the people he names were characters on LOST, which is why Keegan becomes obsessed with “Claire.” However, before we could shoot Jordan’s side, we found out that ABC had denied our request to use LOST paraphenalia in Jordan’s character’s apartment, so at the last minute our art department (led by the fearless Gary Kordan) had to scramble to find another movie or show we could reference in the sketch. At the very last minute we managed to get Fox to let us use “Firefly” and Weta to grant us permission to use all the Lord of the Rings characters in the sketch, so we changed the names to be the names of the actors who played characters in those universes. We found a generic action figure to stand in for Claire since we still had to use that name and no one named Claire was in either movies. It worked out for the best, too, because I like LOTR a hell of a lot more than I like Lost.