Returning for Season 3, Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” arrives back on the scene with the knowledge that, in its two prior seasons, the sketch show has engendered itself quite a bit of esteem and goodwill. In its third season premiere, which aired Wednesday (Sept. 18), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele roared back to life, reminding fans why this show holds the distinction as a possible successor to the late, great “Chappelle’s Show.”
A lot’s happened since “Key & Peele” last left the air, and in the premiere episode, the boys wasted no time commenting on the insanity that’s gone on in the world since they’ve been gone. Some of that left certain sketches feeling a little stale (no matter how funny that “Les Miserables” spoof was, it’s safe to say that the movie has long been removed from the public consciousness), but it wasn’t a total loss. That cold open sketch with Peele walking through a white neighborhood in a black hood (a clear reference to Trayvon Martin) grew more and more heightened until the typically pointed, yet goofy, denouement, reminding us why we love this show so.
Other highlights? The rap hypeman gone wrong sketch that devolved in a hysterical “Of Mice and Men” spoof (“Steinbeck, y’all!”) and, of course, the return of President Obama and his anger translator, Luthor. What began as a comment on the NSA revelations from this summer became a typically ridiculous exploration of the American public’s porn obsession. We wouldn’t expect anything less.
But enough about what we loved. What were your favorite moments from the Season 3 premiere of “Key & Peele”? Let us know in the comments below.
“Key & Peele” airs on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.