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''Key & Peele'' is a sketch comedy show starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the FOX sketch show ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. The show premiered on January 31, 2012 on Creator/ComedyCentral. It ended on September 9, 2015. In terms of format, it brings to mind a mix of ''Series/ChappellesShow'' and the last two seasons of ''[=MADtv=]'' (seasons 13 and 14, spanning from 2007 to 2009) when the show was moved to the Henry Ford Music Box Theater and most of the sketches shown were low-budget short films and music videos to compete with the digital shorts on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.

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!!''Key & Peele'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalInnuendo: In-universe example is featured in the end of the "[=McCringleberry=] Excessive Celebration" sketch. During the replay of [=McCringleberry=]'s third excessive celebration penalty, the color commentator inadvertently draws a penis next to the ref's face when he is staring at [=McCringleberry=]'s crotch. The color commentator apologizes to the viewers watching at home.
* AerithAndBob:
** The "East/West College Bowl" skit has names like Ozamataz Buckshank, Beezer Twelve-Washingbeard, Hingle [=McCringleberry=], X-Wing @Aliciousness, Donkey Teeth, and... Dan Smith.
** Vandaveon and Mike are a pretty deliberate version (the former is sometimes shortened to 'Van' in some cases).
** The hosts themselves: ''Keegan-Michael'' Key and ''Jordan'' Peele.
* AlienBlood: The aliens in "Alien Imposters" have green blood.
* AllWomenAreLustful: They still go for "Shot in the Dick" Guy, despite his injury.
* AlterEgoActing: Vandaveon and Mike, wannabe Website/{{YouTube}}rs who critique the actual show and give their own interpretation... which can get ''a little'' [[ClusterFBomb fixated.]]
* AlternateTimeline: Believe it or not, the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5Zdp1RfoyI "Family Matters"]] sketch. Due to Jaleel White being a psychotic murderous psychic, ''Series/FamilyMatters'' wound up lasting for another six seasons. It's worth pointing out that the sketch took place in 1997, one year before it got ''cancelled''.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Key (who is half-black, half-white). [[PlaysGreatEthnics He uses it to his advantage]], just like he did on ''[=MADtv=]''. In fact, both Key and Peele were born from biracial families (half-black, half-white), but generally Peele tends to just play black characters, while Key has a wider range (mostly if he's not playing a black man, he plays Middle Eastern, Indian [both the Native American Indian and the "from India" Indian], and Hispanic).
* AndIMustScream[=/=]IronicHell: [[PlayedForLaughs Played for]] [[BlackComedy dark]] [[PlayedForLaughs laughs]] in one skit about Music/{{LMFAO}} singing about partying nonstop. After partying for more than a week they try to leave the party, only to find that every way out only leads back to the party and they're unable to escape. Eventually [[spoiler:[[DrivenToSuicide they kill themselves to escape]]... only to be revived with the party starting all over again]].
* AngryBlackMan:
** Luther, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama's]] anger translator.
** The substitute teacher Mr. Garvey, also played by Key.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Inner-City Wizard School sketch; the school in question suffers from supposedly stereotypical problems found in typical inner-city public schools (only that they all have to do with magic a la the Franchise/HarryPotter universe.) It also apparently has rats.
* AscendedMeme: Luther finally gets to translate for the ''real'' [[http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/obama-just-skewered-republican-climate-deniers-epic-anger-translator-rant President Obama.]]
* AsHimself: The fanboy valets get to meet Creator/LiamNeeson!
* AttractiveBentGender: In a meta-example, a ''suspiciously'' high amount of comments on the YouTube video of the "Meegan, Your Jacket" sketch are about how well Peele plays a woman.
* AwesomeMccoolname: The entire point of both "East/West College Bowl" skits.
* AxCrazy: The fighter in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-eJSHoH9Fs this skit]], who crosses over with SoftSpokenSadist.
* BaitAndSwitch: The beginning sketch of "Parole Officer Puppet" has a news anchor talking about two men who were arrested for domestic violence. It's revealed at end of it that the anchor is actually the sportscaster.
* BaldOfAwesome: Key. Justified with all the wigs and headwear they need in this show.
* BigBudgetBeefUp: Sketches like the Obama and Luther ones or "Roommate Meeting" only need one set, compared to the zombie one and "Alien Impostors" which not only use outdoor sets but have practical and special effects to boot. Some others like the LesMiserables parody and "Pirate Chantey" may use just one set, but the costumes and makeup are extensive to say the least.
* BigNo: From "Pizza Order": "[[TheLostLenore CLAIRE!]] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
* BitingTheHandHumor: One sketch had a hypothetical meeting between Peele and his father who refuses to believe that the former is his son until Peele reveals that he has his own TV show. The man then tries to get Peele to stay until the latter reveals the show is on Comedy Central. The man yells at Peele to get out.
* BlackAndNerdy: ''Both'' of them. And Wendell.
* BlackBestFriend: Discussed in one of the standup bits. Key and Peele apparently try out for this role a lot because neither of them make a convincing ScaryBlackMan, and thus end up with a set of oft-rehashed lines like "[[WillSmith Aw HELL naw!]]" and "[[ShipperOnDeck Y'all two clearly like each other!]]"
* BlackComedy: All over the place. For example, in "Rap Battle Hype Man", [[spoiler:the hype man is so out of control that he has to be put down.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Inverted in the "Suburban Zombies" sketch - the duo are introduced as the "sidekicks" to a gun-toting white hero played by Kevin Sorbo. He promises to get them out safely and is immediately chomped. It turns out [[spoiler:the zombies are still more afraid of black people than vice versa, to Key and Peele's indignation. "What was that? They ''seriously'' wouldn't let her eat us?"]]
* BlessedWithSuck: The world is being attacked by a ZombieApocalypse in "Suburban Zombies" [[spoiler:but the zombies are racist and shun black people. Key and Peele are miffed at first, but then get invited to a party where everyone is happy that they're not being attacked.]]
* BoomHeadshot: The end of "Alien Impostors".
* BorrowedCatchphrase:
-->'''Key and Peele''': "LIAM NEESONS IN [[Film/NonStop NON-STOP]] IS..."\\
'''Creator/LiamNeeson''': '''"MYY SHIIIIIIII~"''' (Key and Peele ''explode'')
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: One sketch is about Key ending up boarding a plane ''last'', as Peele as the flight announcer delays him by going through every possible combination of old folks, folks in wheelchairs, small children, religious people, military personnel...
--> "Old religious folks with small military children." [[RefugeInAudacity (an Asian lama with an infant in a navy dress uniform step up)]]
* BrickJoke: Throughout Seasons 4 and 5, Key and Peele drive through the Mojave Desert having random conversations that lead into the next sketch. In the final scene of the final episode, they stop the car and turn to each other:
--> '''Jordan:''' "Is this the place?"
--> '''Keegan:''' "This is the place."
--> '''Together:''' (Beat) "I said biiitch."
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: One skit had a drug deal where the party receiving the money had a lot of trouble deciding how to count it on-site. One of them [[InsaneTrollLogic reasons]] that if they look up Google Images for a briefcase with that much money, they can compare it to the one they received, but the resulting picture was one taken by them minutes ago and posted online to ask if it looked right.
* BringMyBrownPants: One sketch has Peele as a gangster claiming he'd soiled himself before they could make their move, and Key as the other gangster claiming that's not normal for an adult. [[OhCrap Until the other gang finds them and point guns in their faces.]]
* BrokenAesop: Mr. T doesn't actually teach kids anything about making good life choices, just to not bother him about his own rather strange ones.
* TheBully: Peele plays one that openly voices all of his problems to his victim (as does his father), with Key's character asking why he's so open with his issues and yet still a bully.[[note]]To hear him tell it, he's afraid that introspection might make him dredge up even more morbid, deep-seated emotional problems.[[/note]]
* CallBack:
** Obama and Luther have Negraph.
** In the 2013 college bowl lineup, there a guy named A. A. Ron Balakey.
** The soccer sketch in Season 3 has a team called the Power Falcons, a nod to the show's {{Sentai}} / {{Tokusatsu}} parody of the same name.
** In the ''Film/IAmLegend'' parody, Key is jamming to the party song from the LMFAO sketch.
** The bros in "Roomate Meeting" have an Omega Pi Omega banner. Peele also has a Power Falcons T-shirt.
** The "Excessive Celebration" sketch reuses names from the East West Bowl sketch, both being conveniently about football.
** The "Ultimate Cockblock" sketch has a blink and you'll miss it one: the news item being read by the newscaster Peele's character is hitting on is about the Pegasus riot.
** One sketch has Key and Peele crossdressing as "D-Nice" and "J-Quellin" (both names unwillingly given to unrelated characters in the substitute teacher sketch).
* TheCameo:
** [[Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Kevin Sorbo]] in 'Suburban Zombies', [[DeathByCameo VERY briefly.]]
** Wayne Brady in the "Reunion of the Human Centipede".
** Ty Burrell of ''Series/ModernFamily'' as a Nazi officer in "Das Negros".
** Paul F. Tompkins of ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' as one of many Republican politicians in a roundtable discussion with U.S. President Barack Obama.
** Billy Dee Williams of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fame in the laundromat sketch.
** Creator/BrendaSong is the [[CaptainErsatz Purple Falcon!]]
** Cedric Yarbrough of ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' in "Pegasus Sighting".
** [[Series/TheCosbyShow Malcolm Jamal-Warner]] as a royally pissed Black Republican.
** Creator/KekePalmer as Malia Obama's anger translator.
** [[http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83722347/ Say]] the [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Bard]] [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 is looking]] [[Literature/BridgetJones very]] [[Film/{{Austenland}} familiar]]....
** Natasha Leggero and [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Janet Varney]] as the two white women in "Sex With Black Guys".
** [[Creator/RocketJump Freddie Wong]] in "Roommate Meeting", not long after Key and Peele themselves appeared in Wong's "Mexican Standoff".
** [[WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOFHistory EpicLloyd]] as a referee in the "Rap Battle Hype Man" while Key and Peele appeared two time on Epic Rap Battles of History.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun High on Potenuse]] featured [[Series/DrewCareysImprovaganza Heather Anne]] [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Campbell]] as the teacher and a cameo in the end by [[Creator/GabrielIglesias Fluffy]].
** [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina James]] [[Film/KungFuPanda Hong]] in the sketch with Peele as the OlderAndWiser wannabe.
** [[Series/EverybodyHatesChris Tyler James Williams]] as an evil psychic version of Jaleel White in the "Family Matters" sketch.
** [[Series/BrooklynNineNine Chelsea Peretti]] as the narrator of "Dicknanigans".
** About a third of the people in the third East/West bowl sketch were actual NFL players.
** Creator/BoBurnham in "A Capella".
** Creator/ErnieHudson as the father in the Clive sketch.
* CampGay and StraightGay:
** PlayedForLaughs (and {{deconstructed}}) in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jitocz4kB3k "Gay Marriage Legalized Sketch"]] with Lashawn and Samuel, showing why a pairing of the two really should not be expected.
-->"We gonna rent the moon and fill it with ROSES!"
** "Office Homophobe" also does this, with the CampGay thinking he's being discriminated against by someone he brands as the titular homophobe - who turns out to be StraightGay.
* CaptainEthnic: Deliberately played with in "Power Falcons" - as Peele playing Green Falcon notes, despite Key's character being an extremely stereotypical MagicalNativeAmerican, he's still referred to "Yellow Falcon", and the Asian woman in the group is "Purple Falcon"; only Peele himself is condescendingly referred to as "Black Falcon" by the others.
* TheChewToy: Key as the TV reporter, who's either on a disastrous helicopter flight, or getting attacked by a dog that's learned how to get around his protective gear.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: In the "Racist Zombies" sketch, the only zombie who actually tries to attack Key and Peele is a little girl, but her parents pull her away.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Samuel to Lashawn.
* TheComicallySerious: Legataux in Les Mis.
* ContinuityNod:
** The College Bowl Rap Videos (and pretty much all the football-based sketches after that) bring back as many names from the 2013 College Bowl sketch as they can. For that matter, the name "Donkey Teeth" calls back to the "Soul Food" sketch.
** The "Sexy Vampires" sketch ends with the gothic vampire den remodeled into something more normal, including a TV with the regular "Metta World News" segment playing.
** The "Tackle and Grapple" coach looks like your regular sex maniac, but is later seen giving actual lessons in another sketch.
** [[Series/ModernFamily Ty Burrell]] returns as [[Film/IngloriousBasterds "Jew Hunter"]] Muller in season 4!
** Season 5 takes this up to ContinuityCavalcade levels, from the followup to the RetiredBadass Wannabe to the return of the Continental Breakfast guy.
* CrazyAwesome / HotBlooded: Deconstructed and parodied in-universe in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDzpzYzp9HE "Loco Gangsters"]] -- when Carlito feels snubbed by the possible induction of Eduardo, an inhumanly fearsome and intense maniac, into the gang, he tries to prove he's the most ''loco'' instead; not only are most of his attempts (such as pretending to be a duck or wastefully collecting multiple punch cards for frozen yogurt) acknowledged as [[CringeComedy outright pathetic]], but his efforts make Eduardo seem even more ''loco'' in comparison.
* CreepyChild / EnfantTerrible:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxwMTAy1gP0 "Baby Forest Whitaker"]] sketch pretty much hits the nail on the head.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5uyq0aMRw0 Liam]]. Oh, ''Liam''.
-->''"I wish... to take all the prosthetic legs in the hospital... and '''bind''' them together... with the dried flesh of the dead... to create a webbed, '''massive''' creature..."''
* DemonicDummy: Although [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSDTmJtE-Bc "Little Homie"]] is technically a PerversePuppet, he fits many of the criteria: a propensity for violence and manipulative behaviour, appealing to the darker side of others, and autonomy over his master.
* DenserAndWackier:
** Parodied in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02cSc5a49LA "OutKast Reunion"]], where André 3000's increasingly over-the-top eccentricity is beginning to drive the quiet, average Big Boi up the wall.
** How exactly did ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' turn from silly and outlandish to an outright live-action cartoon? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x01l_jMhjVM Star Magic Jackson, Jr.]], that's how.
* DestinationDefenestration: One sketch has Peele as a husband who finds his wife ReadyForLovemaking, asking him to request his 'deepest desires'. He starts talking about calling her friend Erica...
* DrugsAreBad: Parodied in one sketch in " Scariest Movie Ever". In it, a creepy man tells a man named Jeff about a drug that is placed under a eyelid and the effects said drug has. When Jeff tries it, he screams in horror and asks when does it start to work. The creepy man's responds that he doesn't know since he doesn't do drugs. He then turns to the camera and says that drugs are for losers. This followed by a banner that says "Don't even try it. You'll poop your mouth."
* [[invoked]]DudeNotFunny: The comedian in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlTbJZ64sVM "Insult Comic"]] bases his act around making fun of people in the audience. Unfortunately for him, one of them turns out to be a gay paraplegic burn victim with an electrolarynx. The comedian tries to avoid making fun of him. However, when he finally relents after being pressured to do so, the audience turns on him.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Parodied in "Rap Confessions", where Gun Rack has recorded an entire cassette tape's worth of BoastfulRap detailing how he killed Darnell Simmons with [[HandCannon "a long-ass gun"]], the exact time and location of the murder, how his alibi is demonstrably false, and the tics he shows when he's lying. Gun Rack claims it's all just a massive coincidence. [[spoiler:The "bonus track" even reveals that his side girl is willing to take the fall for him, and predicts his quick re-capture.]]
* EveryoneGetsTheirTurn: Hilariously averted and conversed with the "Les Mis" sketch where Legataux is frustrated at the inability to get his lines in while everyone else drowns him out.
* [[EverythingIsRacist Everything is Homophobic]]: The CampGay man in the "Office Homophobe" sketch assumes that any problem someone has with him is because they hate gay people, and not because of his obnoxious behavior. [[spoiler:When he sees that the titular "homophobe" he had been berating for the entire sketch is actually StraightGay, he realizes "I'm not persecuted, I'm just an asshole."]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/95gxxc/key-and-peele-soul-food The Soul Food sketch.]]
* ForcedMeme: Discussed in, and ultimately fueling, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7TnoCM7fo "Pussy on the Chainwax".]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Carlito the proud gangsta. His gang can't ever get rid of him because, really, how do you get rid of someone who God allows to go to heaven but outright refuses it because he thinks heaven is for pussies?
* {{Gangbangers}}: One sketch is about a Hispanic gang in a secret meeting - which comes after a bit where Key claims that one such individual ''intimidated'' him into making more material about Hispanics.
* GangOfHats[=/=]PlanetOfSteves:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2tLyqfJd54 The Tallahassee Black Republicans]], who continue to insist (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary) that they're a diverse group.
** One sketch is about a CargoCult with every member in bowl cuts and the same yellow t-shirt with a big eye on it. Key and Peele play two members who chickened out of the ritual suicide, and try to disguise themselves with jackets over said t-shirts. [[PaperThinDisguise It works, of course.]]
* GhettoName: All the names in their "College Bowl" sketches vary from this to outright being TheUnpronouncable. And then there's the craziest one of all. [[spoiler:Dan Smith, BYU.]]
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: In one sketch, "Congressman Peele" begs the other Founding Fathers not to sign the Second Amendment because of the potential for future massacres. When they laugh at his warnings, he announces he's actually from the future, [[GunsAkimbo draws a pair of MAC-10s]], and [[ThisIsMyBoomstick blows away the Amendment and the table it's laying on]] to make his case. The MAC-10s disappear from Peele's hands in a flash of blue light, but when one of the Founding Fathers audibly expresses his amazement at the destruction wielded by the "muskets" and a second one pulls out a piece of paper to make a sketch of them before he forgets, [[AlternateTechline a pair of nasty high-tech looking weapons appear in place of the MAC-10s]].
* GloveSnap: At the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc_F0zP9usU this one.]]
* GotMeDoingIt: At the end of "Power Falcons":
--> "That's it! Black Falcon out - GREEN FALCON! GREEN FALCON! DAMMIT!"
* GroinAttack:
** The "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I got shot in the dick]]" music video.
** The sketch where a news reporter (Key) gets attacked by a dog.
** "Dicknanigans". That is all.
** The "African Warlord" gets a potful of boiling water poured on his crotch.
* HalloweenEpisode: Season 3.
* HardboiledDetective: The "Jimenez" sketch.
* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: One sketch has Wendell attending ''a sex addicts support group.''
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: One Lashawn and Samuel sketch ends with Sam resorting to this to drown out Shawn's lunacy.
* HeelRealization: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3h6es6zh1c "Oooooooh, I get it... I'm not persecuted, I'm just a asshole."]]
* HighSchoolAU: [[http://www.vimeo.com/channels/keypeele/54162829 Vincent Clortho Public Wizard school]]. It is essentially a poorer, inner city version of Hogwarts.
* HilariousOuttakes: The end of season 5 has a compilation of these.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/89gnsm/key-and-peele-speaking-after-mlk-jr- What happened to the guy who had to speak after Martin Luther King.]]
** [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/2nmzjn/key-and-peele-ancestry-website Thomas Jefferson!]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: The PrisonRape sketch has a gangster visiting the victim in prison, having no idea about it and unknowingly leading to a hurricane of double entendres.
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Inverted in the sketch where an InnerCitySchool teacher is substituting at a predominately white suburban HighSchool. He mispronounces ''all'' his students' names when calling attendance, and when they correct him he angrily scolds them for trying to mess with him. Standouts include "Blake" as "Bah-Lak-Kay" and "Aaron" as "Ay-Ay-Ron".
* ImaHumanitarian: The soul food sketch ends with one of them ordering a human foot.
* InnocentBigot: The new neighbor in [[http://www.vimeo.com/channels/493367/53749150 this sketch.]] He plays country songs that he does not believe to be racist despite their blatantly racist lyrics which his friend keeps pointing out.
* IntercourseWithYou: Discussed in one of the road trip bits:
-->'''Peele:''' Modern R&B nowadays is ''literally'' a description of sexual intercourse...
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine:
** Some ''[=MADtv=]'' cast members have appeared on this show. Nicole Parker[[note]]known for her Disney Girl character and her celebrity impressions of Music/BritneySpears, Celine Dion, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, and Christine Amanpour[[/note]] appeared on the ''Les Miserables'' parody and Nicole Randall Johnson[[note]]known for her character Ka-Son and her celebrity impressions of Creator/ChrisRock, Creator/EddieMurphy, and Condolezza Rice[[/note]] played Michelle Obama's anger translator.
** Gary Anthony Williams appeared in the gay marriage planning sketch after both he and Key were on the new ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''.
* {{Jerkass}}: ''Meegan''. PassiveAggressiveKombat is her at her ''nicest''.
* KarmaHoudini: Jimmy the disruptive kid. Not only he manages to get his teacher fired and driven insane, he also succeeds at everything he does in his life.
* KentBrockmanNews: Metta World News, which apparently can't afford a second newsreader. Or a working teleprompter.
* LargeHam:
** A prerequisite for this kind of show, of course. Ty Burrell gets special points for his Nazi act.
** '''Luther''', who was hired by President Obama as critics felt that Obama was too stoic and aloof.
** The two valets who are always fanboying over media topics such as '[[Creator/LiamNeeson Liam Neesons]]'.
* LatexPerfection: One sketch is about two women [[spoiler:impersonating Key and Peele this way to lecture men on proper cunnilingus.]]
* LiteralMetaphor: Levi owns lightning in a bottle, the goose that laid the golden egg, and a pair of the cat's pyjamas; being baked out of his skull, none of them seem quite as important to him as the idea he suddenly has for a smartphone app. [[spoiler:He also owns a "high horse" that's just as much of a stoner as himself.]]
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: "Shady Landlord" has the apartment manager Devon hunting for a crack-smoking, apparently murderous dwarf on the premises, using a sword cane:
-->'''Devon:''' Okay, y' know what, I'm gon' level wit' y'all -- there is a 4'3" nigga with a purple beard named "Gerald" somewhere in this buildin'.\\
'''Tenant:''' ''Why'' does he keep getting smaller every time you mention him?\\
'''Devon:''' Seriously? Because I didn't want to ''alarm'' y'all. H-he is ''disturbin'ly'' small.
* MagicalNegro:
** One sketch focuses on two of these using magic to [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne fight for the right to help a white man with his marriage problems]]. At the end, they actually drop both trope names - "There can be only one Magical Negro!" - and have a BeamOWar. [[spoiler: They ''both'' die.]] Then a black woman shows up and the white man mistakes her for a third one. "Who you callin' negro, bitch?"
** Another sketch focuses on a old-timey slave auction to buy one slave who claims he knows magic.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The ''{{Franchise/Saw}}'' parody. They even explain it as ''going into shock!''
* MeaningfulName: [[MartinLutherKingJr Luther again.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Black Ice".
* MoodWhiplash: The punchline of "Negrotown."
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** "Flicker" and "Dueling Hats".
** One opening bit had Key lining up an epic high five. "I had my plant foot, I got some torque in my hips, and I went straight Tiger Woods on it..."
--> '''Peele''': "It hit so hard my sh*t became a pink mist!"
** One season 5 sketch is about a ESPN-like program about ''teaching''. Then it leads up to a common perpetrator of this trope, a car commercial.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: About telling off someone at a dance circle, no less.
* NeckSnap: Parodied ''mercilessly'' in the sketch "Strike Force Eagle 3".
* NoIndoorVoice: Luther and the two valet fanboys again.
* NoTrueScotsman: The CampGay confronting a "office homophobe" who turns out to be StraightGay contains elements of this.
* NotSoAboveItAll: How several of the Obama/Luther routines end, with Obama joining in.
* NWordPrivileges:
** The Negraph app, which tells you when and where it's appropriate to use the N-word. [[DontExplainTheJoke It'll always be rendered invalid if you're white.]]
** It's on the list of the things that Obama's Anger Translator is allowed to say (and by extension one of the things Obama is allowed to say).
* OhCrap: [[CampGay Latrelle]] when he sees the co-worker he had been bullying and calling a homophobe [[StraightGay kiss his boyfriend]] and realizes:
-->'''Latrelle''': I'm not persecuted...I'm just an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole.]]
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Parodied in "Judge Jessie", where his myriad and varied careers (master surgeon, skilled carpenter, deadly black belt) are all touted as having contributed to his legal expertise. He's also a crackhead, which mean he's openly fiending in court.
* OnceAnEpisode There is at least one Obama sketch (some of which include his anger translator, Luther).
* TheOner: The Tea Party "Chosen One" sketch.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They were racist.
* OverlyLongGag:
** The parody of reality shows where Key as not! Creator/GordonRamsay keeps getting Peele's hopes up, then trashing them back down, over and over and over.
** The East/West Bowl ventures into this territory.
* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: The "browser history" sketch. Taken UpToEleven of course.
* PirateGirl: There is a sketch featuring a (male) pirate crew singing a song that sounds like they're bragging of conquests, but the last line of each verse reveals them to be unusually enlightened in their attitudes towards women (for example, a verse about a woman who gets so drunk she passes out ends "so we took her to bed, and rested her head, and we left 'cause that's what gentlemen do"). The last pirate to sing starts in on something that's clearly ''not'' going that direction, and he gets out about two lines before being shot dead by the (unseen before this point) female captain, of whom the other pirates are all visibly terrified.
* PoliceAreUseless: One sketch is about a policeman who pulls a gun on a perp and only keeps telling him to freeze, up until the perp pulls a gun on the cop and gets away pretty much unscathed.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad:
** Mocked in "Offensive Boss", where a boss calls a gay man, a woman, and a black man working for him into his office to help with a speech he is giving later. He asks them to raise their hands and say something if they find anything in his speech to be offensive. He can't even get a word in edgewise before they start jumping on him for interpreting everything he says as a personal attack ("I don't need a ''man's'' permission to raise my hand!", etc). Mind you, this is all before he even gets to ''start'' his speech. When he finally does:
--->'''Boss:''' A Chinaman, a Polak, and an Arab walk into a bar...\\
'''Gay Man:''' I ''love'' Arab jokes!\\
'''Woman:''' Ching-chong, bring it on!\\
'''Black Man:''' You had me at "Polak"!
** The Pirate sketch plays with this a bit towards the end. The third verse on the song has one pirate talking about how his girlfriend was pregnant, making it clear that he wanted a child and using words like "child" and "heir" that suggest he considered the fetus a living person, and yet he still supported her decision to get an abortion. Though this trope becomes most egregious in the forth verse of the song; another pirate sings a song about a woman getting sick with a terminal illness and donating all her money to charity in an attempt to save herself, and ends the song with "But the scariest part of the story from the start is I bet you assumed the doctor was a man."
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: The Pirate sketch, as it shows a crew of pirates holding some rather enlightened ideas. Though the introduction of [[PirateGirl The Captain]] at the end might justify/subvert this; her entire (male) crew is so terrified of her that it makes you wonder whether they really held their feminist views or simply pretended to out of fear.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naleynXS7yo Text Message Confusion]] sketch shows a text message exchange that is interpreted as insulting by one side and casual on the other, which culminates in the former interpreting a meet-up at a bar as a challenge to a fight.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Touched on time and again:
** One sketch has Key and Peele in a bar, where some folks get so inebriated that they approach the duo and start apologizing for the last 200 years and stuff like that.
** "Sex with Black Men" [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] [[OverlyLongGag this one with a vengeance.]]
** Done with Asians in "Roommate Meeting".
* PrisonRape:
** One sketch is about Peele as an inmate who's apparently gone through so much prison rape that he's pretty much catatonic:
-->You do not want to have [[UnusualEuphemism animal relations]] with the other inmates... You are not earning anyone's undying respect when you fart and it sounds like a bottle...
** An early sketch is about Peele as Music/LilWayne followed by a camera in prison. He's in the showers when he drops the soap; the camera pans down to show that indeed happened; by the time the camera pans back up, everyone else in the showers is already surrounding him.
* RageBreakingPoint: The substitute teacher (Mr. Williams, not Mr. Garvey) in the fourth "Substitute Teacher" sketch. He starts out acting calm and laid-back. However, when one of his students, Jimmy, keeps misbehaving, Mr. Williams tries to humble him by putting him in front of the class. Jimmy just responds by imitating the sub, upon which Mr. Williams ''loses it'' in a furious imitation of Jimmy so over the top that Jimmy and the rest of the class are completely shocked and silent.
-->'''Mr. Williams''': Oh yeah?! ''OH YEAH?!?'' '''''OH YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!??!?!!! OH YEEEEAAAAAAA-LA-LA-LA-LA-AAAH!!!!!''''' ''WELL, THIS IS YOU, JIMMY!!!''
* RealityEnsues: The "Negrotown" sketch. It's actually PlayedForDrama.
* ReallyGetsAround: Peele tells a story about his estranged father supposedly fathering several children ''in several states''. [[CrossesTheLineTwice "He just sticks his penis out the window as the bus keeps moving..."]]
* RealMenWearPink: The buccaneers in "Pirate Chantey" might be typical hard-drinking, hard-living scalliwags of the era, but they also sing of anachronistically progressive feminist causes, decoratively whittle, and show genuine concern when members of their crew are injured. [[spoiler:As Peele noted on Twitter, even if some of them do it only out of obedience to their fearsome lady captain, it's still a very nice gesture.]]
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme tune for Season 4 has been overhauled completely, from the Reggie Watts jingle to something sounding like the ''Series/TrueDetective'' themes.
* RedOniBlueOni: A majority of sketches will have Key playing the Red while Peele does the Blue. This is most evident in ones with Obama and his anger translator, Luther. Possibly lampshaded in that in the opening that they wear a red shirt and blue hoodie, respectively. Throughout the series it's done straight, exaggerated, inverted and subverted, totally played with in every way.
* RefugeInAudacity:
** The whole show runs on this (mostly of the "Let's see how far we can ramp up the insanity" variety, but they do dabble in the "Let's make light of something serious" variety of RefugeInAudacity), but nowhere more than the [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/5fndtz/key-and-peele-key---peele--east-west-bowl East/West Bowl sketch]]. And it's just a list of names. It starts with comparatively reasonable names like "D'Marcus Williumz", "T.J. Juckson", and "Ibrahim Moizoos", and gets to unbridled insanity like "[[PunctuationShaker X-Wing @Aliciousness]]", "[[OverlyLongName T.J. A.J. R.J. Backslashinfourth V]]", "[[HellIsThatNoise EEEEE EEEEEEEEE]]", "[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Torque [Construction Noise] Lewith]]", "[[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX [The Player Formerly Known as Mousecop]]]", and "[[TokenWhite Dan Smith]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} from BYU]]". [[http://youtu.be/rT1nGjGM2p8 The 2013 season is even more ridiculous.]] There's names like ''[[EveryoneKnowsMorse Morse Code spoken in Morse Code]]'', ''[[NonIndicativeName Harvard University]]''[[note]]...[=DeVry=] University[[/note]], ''[[OnlyOneName Fudge]]'', ''[[TheFaceless Firstname Lastname]]'','' BenedictCumberbatch, [[RepetitiveName Jammie Jammie-Jammie]]'', [[CallBack A.A. Ron Balakay]]...
** Racist zombies.
** Just the punchline to [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/fcv5mj/key-and-peele-mixed-wiener this one.]]
** "Slavery ''was'' awful - all I'm saying is, silver lining, it got me out of ''Africa!''"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB7MichlL1k "Auction Block"]], wherein Lot B and Lot C eventually [[SeinfeldianConversation get somewhat offended]] that they ''aren't'' getting sold. Eventually, ''the slave auctioneer himself'' calls them "superficial" and "bigoted".
--->''[They look at a tall, muscular slave trudging off the block]''\\
'''Lot C:''' Okay, well, you ''have'' to buy that dude.\\
'''Lot B:''' It's a no-brainer.\\
'''Lot C:''' I mean, that guy's HUGE.\\
'''Lot B:''' Massive individual.\\
'''Lot C:''' That's ''two'' of me.\\
'''Lot B:''' Anybody would buy him.\\
'''Lot C:''' ''I'd'' buy ''that'' dude.\\
'''Lot B:''' ''My'' question is, how'd they ''catch'' him?
* RetiredBadass: One sketch starts out like an '80s / '90s action flick, with a soldier tracking down a retired super-badass living in isolation. It turns out they ''don't'' want him for this mission, they just need him to recommend someone - at which point he claims to have been "talked into it" and starts trying to prove he's still got it.
* ReTool: Mild case in Season 4, which replaced the studio audience in favor of short dialogues on a long road trip, and a redone title theme. However, the rest is exactly the same barring the odd BigBudgetBeefUp.
* {{Retraux}}:
** The "Aerobics Meltdown" sketch does everything it can to imitate the look and feel of the '80s, specifically the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozoTzkCeO-A Crystal Light National Aerobics Championship]] broadcasts.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-jv7doUI8o Strike Force Eagle 3: The Reckoning]]".
* ReversePsychology: How Obama (played by Jordan) deals with Republicans that always disagreed with his proposals.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: From the Obama skits to a Chris Brown and {{Rihanna}} one, a lot of their humor runs on this.
* RuleOfThree:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJb2iLvOKE You can get flagged for three pumps. Referee calls excessive celebration.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The gang leader in the Latino gang sketches has a surprisingly adept vocabulary in "Loco Gangsters."
-->"Carlito, that's just being cavalier with your finances instead of collecting your free dessert. I mean, that's not ''loco''. It's just like... financially irresponsible."
* ShamelessSelfPromotion: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBSs4yLd34w This.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Ty Burrell as "Jew Hunter" Muller is most certainly one to ''Film/IngloriousBasterds''.
** At the end of the Hypeman Sketch they blatantly make one to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', even ending the sketch with a black screen that simply said "Steinback, Y'all!"
** "[[{{Film/Looper}} It's like the old Mitt Romney went back in time to try and kill the young Mitt Romney!]]"
** After trolling some Republicans, Obama says "[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Aren't I a stinker?]]"
** [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/89pr17/key-and-peele-post-apocalyptic-hunt This]] may remind some of the opening for the [[{{Music/LMFAO}} Party Rock Anthem music video.]]
** In "Pussy on the Chain Wax":
--> "You been saying some shit that doesn't exist, and you got [[Creator/DrSeuss Thing 1 and Thing 2]] corroborating your story like it does!"
** After they name drop ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the "Sex with Black Guys" sketch starts with Key and Peele discussing "the huge woman" and "the red witch", which are most certainly Brienne and Melisandre. In fact, any skit where they are themselves has them talking about Game of Thrones as casual conversation.
** One of the Wendell sketches has him calling a bust of [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Elrond]] [[HugoWeaving "Hugo"]] and a statue of [[{{Series/Firefly}} River Tam]] [[Creator/SummerGlau "Summer"]].
** Peele's stoner gangster character keeps a rat he keeps calling WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}. Not in a rat trap, but a [[{{Franchise/Ghostbusters}} ghost trap!]].
*** Speaking of which, the Vincent Clortho magic school takes its name from the Gatekeeper in the first movie.
** [[Series/MiamiVice LA Vice]] anybody?
** The HalloweenEpisode in season 3 has a pile of 'em.
*** "Roommate Meeting" pulls the round-table gimmick straight from ''Series/That70sShow'' [[spoiler:with ''Film/TheGrudge'' thrown in.]]
*** The zombie show that's filmed for over 3 years is most certainly ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
*** "Continental Breakfast" [[TheEndingChangesEverything is revealed at the end to be]] a reference to ''[[spoiler:Film/TheShining]].''
*** And of course, the final sketch is this to ''{{Franchise/Saw}}.''
** In "Laron Can't Laugh", the titular character wanders off while [[Franchise/MassEffect Leaving Earth]] plays.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQM2joP4fsQ "Slap-Ass: In Recovery"]] gives one to, of all things, the very special "pill addiction" episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
** "Cat Poster" is one to Verbal Kint's interrogation in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', right down to Peele's clothes, hair and speech mannerisms.
** In the "Family Matters" sketch, "Steve Urkel" at one point says: "[[Film/GhostBusters1984 There is no Jaleel... only STEVE!]]". Later, when the actor playing Carl tries to shoot him, he says: "[[Film/DieHard Hippie-ki-yay, motherfucker!]]". It gets even better when you remember that Reginald [=VelJohnson=] used to play [[TypeCasting a policeman]] not only on ''Series/FamilyMatters'', but in ''Film/DieHard'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' too.
* ShownTheirWork: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g-s-pghtYQ Mr. T PSA]], an AffectionateParody of ''Be Somebody... Or Be Somebody's Fool!'', is almost indistinguishable from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmQGxzIUVbk the real thing]], right down to the incredibly awkward music numbers.
* SmugSnake: Carter Finley of "Cat Poster" thinks he is a criminal mastermind who can trick the detective interrogating him by making up names based on things in the room. He's ''really'' not very good at it, exacerbated by the fact that he doesn't stop even when it makes no sense.
* SnowballLie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uG9PGqaWeo "Pegasus Sighting"]], based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8 the leprechaun of Mobile, Alabama]].
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Obama & Luther skits. Especially when the dance was involved for the election celebration.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntfProwNYkE Movie Hecklers]]", where two guys begin loudly criticizing a horror film in the theater for its "inconsistent visual language", among other sins. Even the other patrons silently concede that they have a point.
-->"I mean, this nigga tryin' to do some ''homage'' to the German Expressionists or ''some'' shit!"
** Key's inner school substitute teacher often goes through this into SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
--> "Take yo' ass to Mr O-Shag-Hennessy's office RIGHT NOW before I bust a "club" UP IN YO' BUTT!! Mischievous and deceitful! Chicanerous and deplorable!"
** "Rap Battle Hype Man" ends with a simple black frame that says "Steinbeck, y'all!"
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' (which was promised a cable revival, but got it in the form of Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' and this show) and ''Series/ChappellesShow''.
* StraightGay: Peele's character in contrast to Key's CampGay character in "Office Homophobe." The realization of this for the latter has this last line:
--> "I'm not persecuted, I'm just an asshole."
* StupidSacrifice: One sketch is about a CargoCult that commits mass suicide in order to be taken away by the mothership. In the end it turns out that not only is the mothership real, it takes the two living members who'd chickened out earlier!
* StylisticSuck:
** The "Mr. T PSA" skit, complete with [[SpoofAesop Spoof Aesops]], [[BadBadActing deliberately bad acting from both Key and Kate Micucci]], being shot on VHS tapes and an incredibly awkward PissTakeRap from Mr. T. Seeing how it's based off the memetic "Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool" tape, [[ShownTheirWork this is surprisingly accurate.]]
** Done with the College Bowl Rap Videos, after a bit where Key and Peele point out how football players can't really be rappers. [[spoiler:Until Dan Smith starts ''[[MotorMouth tearing it up.]]'']]
* SubvertedPunchline: From the sketch "Continental Breakfast":
-->"And who are you, my little friend? Not a spoon, not a fork, but something in between...a fpoon!"
* SurpriseCreepy:
** The end of [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/wfjmn7/key-and-peele-damn--check-that-s---t-out this one.]]
** Similarly, [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/zrcleg/key-and-peele-ultimate-c--k-blocker this one.]]
* TakeThat: To [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/c3iii4/key-and-peele-dubstep dubstep]].
** "Loco Gangsters" has a jab to the British version of ''Series/TheOffice'', where the gang leader mentions that the show is funny, but "awkward and sad at the same time."
* TheEndingChangesEverything: Can sometimes lead to SurpriseCreepy.
* ThisLoserIsYou: The Wendell sketches.
* ToiletHumor: "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Where My Dookie Go]]".
--> "[[FauxSymbolism If my dookie can get out of the hood... maybe we can too.]]"
** VulgarHumor: ''Desperately'' lacking, according to Vandaveon and Mike -- ''not a single sketch'' has ever had enough penis jokes to satisfy them.
* {{Troll}}: One opening bit has Key and Peele bringing up "one of our writers, James, he's a white guy, and sometimes we put the N-word in the script 20 times just to mess with him."
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:
** [[invoked]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMQ2qGmJOVM This sketch]] about Key uncovering Peele's audio journal, which sounds like some angsty social commentary with a heaping helping of ''weird-ass shit''.
** "Dicknanigans", in which men in zentais [[GroinAttack pummel each others' balls]] while words like "SOCIETY", "CONSUMERISM", and "LOVE" flash on-screen, ending with the declaration that love can conquer all. The audience is enthralled.
* UncleTomfoolery: Before becoming a civil rights crusader and a beloved community figure, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh7xwI_0huM Otis Carmichael made a Hollywood film career out of playing racist stereotypes]].[[note]]The sketch also serves as an AffectionateParody of the era's black comedians and performers - noting that, while they ''did'' pave the way for mainstream acceptance of actors of color and were revolutionary in their field, the roles they played were often very offensive nonetheless.[[/note]]
* UnfortunateNames: The popular "football names" video parodies increasingly complex African-American names.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Creator/FreddieWong's appearance in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_1781107781&feature=iv&src_vid=IHQr0HCIN2w&v=bxHEZU0AFcQ "Roommate Meeting"]]. Warning: NightmareFuel involved.
* WagTheDirector: In-universe, parodied in the "Family Matters" sketch, where it turns out that the reason why the show had increasingly bizarre and Urkel-centric plotlines was because Jaleel White was an evil psychic who kills anyone who goes against what he wants.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: In-universe, Parodied in the Stan Lee skit, where Lee creates a bunch of characters based on the trials and experiences he faces as an old man. When the writers at Marvel tell him that his ideas are unusable, he comes up with a new idea: a team of people cursed to be forever unemployable due to biting the hand that fed them, which is met with thunderous applause.
* TheWhitestBlackGuy: Both leads being biracial (one white parent, one black parent), this winds up being a central element of much of their comedy:
** In one early sketch, Key plays a biracial man whose (white) date expects him to be able to present as white (which she defines as polite and friendly) and black (which she defines as an AngryBlackMan) on cue depending on the situation. He obviously feels more comfortable in the quote-unquote "white" persona and ends the sketch very confused about which situations call for which. He does not, however, [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey ever question her right to demand this of him]].
** In another sketch, the duo has returned to the neighborhood in which they grew up and is ordering dinner from a diner. They are drawn into a game of oneupsmanship to see who can make the "blackest" dinner order, culminating in their eating such "[[ForeignQueasine soul food]]" as possum spines, stork ankles, [[UpToEleven an old cellar door]] and [[ImAHumanitarian a human foot]]. Neither will admit to disliking the fare for fear of losing racial cred.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Peele will commonly play a woman in some sketches, though Key has dressed as a woman too.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: In the East/West Bowl skit, one of the players is named T.J. A.J. R.J. Backslashinfourth V (that is, "T.J. A.J. R.J. Backslashinfourth ''the fifth''"). Four generations decided to name their kid T.J. A.J. R.J.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Exploited by a character in one sketch. After finding that someone else won't fight him because he's carrying a baby, he takes other babies and wears them as armor.
* YouJustToldMe: In "Rap Album Confessions", Gun Rack denies murdering Darnell Simmons when his mixtape states otherwise.
* YourMom: A kid played by Peele won't stop making these jokes when the Indian doctor played by Key is trying to tell her that her medical condition is terrible. The doctor himself throws one in at the end, giving an "oh, snap" after seeing the boy's shock.
* ZombieApocalypse: Subverted in that the zombies [[spoiler:turn out to be racist and leave all the black people alone.]]
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