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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 ComedyCentral and is in its third season. In terms of format, it brings to mind a mix of ''Series/ChappellesShow'' and the last two seasons of ''Series/{{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.
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!!The following Tropes are featured in this Live Action TV Show:

* AllWomenAreLustful: They still go for "Shot in the Dick" Guy, despite his injury.
* AlterEgoActing: Vandaveon and Mike, wannabe Youtubers who critique the actual show and give their own interpretation... which can get ''a little'' [[ClusterFBomb fixated.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Keegan (who is half-black, half-white). [[PlaysGreatEthnics He uses it to his advantage]], just like he did on ''MADtv''.
** 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, [[BarackObama Obama's]] anger translator.
** The substitute teacher, 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.
* AxCrazy: The fighter in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-eJSHoH9Fs this skit]], who crosses over with SoftSpokenSadist.
* BaldOfAwesome: Key. Justified with all the wigs and headwear they need in this show.
* BitingTheHandHumor: One sketch had a hypothetical meeting between Jordan and his father who refuses to believe Jordan is his son until Jordan reveals that he has his own TV show. The man then tries to get Jordan to stay until Jordan reveals the show is on Comedy Central, then he yells at Jordan to get out.
* 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 Yall two clearly like each other!]]"
* 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?"]]
* 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 back when they assumed it contained the correct amount.
* 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 is a bully.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: One of the players in the East/West Bowl is Sequester Grundleplith M.D. How he was able to obtain a medical doctorate is baffling.
* 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.
** The "Excessive Celebration" sketch reuses names from the East West Bowl sketch, both being conveniently about football.
* TheCameo: [[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".
** Billy Dee Williams of ''Film/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".
** [[TheCosbyShow Malcolm Jamal-Warner]] as a royally pissed Black Republican.
** KekePalmer as Malia Obama's anger translator.
** Natasha Leggero as the more overtly racist woman in "Sex With Black Guys".
** FreddieWong in "Roommate Meeting", not long after Key and Peele themselves appeared in Freddie's "MexicanStandoff".
* TheComicallySerious: Legataux in Les Mis.
* 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.
* 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.
* DangerDeadpan: The pilot in ''Black Hawk Up''
* 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...
* 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.
* ExtremeOmnivore: [[http://www.comedycentral.com/video-clips/95gxxc/key-and-peele-soul-food The Soul Food sketch.]]
* FailOSuckyname: The popular "football names" video parodies increasingly complex African-American names.
* FakeNationality: Key is half-black and half-white, but has played a lot of other nationalities, including Pacific Islander, American Indian, Indian (from India), Middle Eastern, and Hispanic (very much like when he was on ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. Key on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' was praised for being versatile in playing all races and both genders).
* ForcedMeme: Discussed in, and ultimately fueling, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7TnoCM7fo "Pussy on the Chainwax"]]
* 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]]
* 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! DAMMIT!"
* GroinAttack: The "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I got shot in the dick]]" music video.
** The sketch where a news reporter (Key) gets attacked by a dog.
* 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.
* 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!]]
* ItIsPronouncedTropay: Played with in the sketch where an InnerCitySchool teacher is [[SubstituteTeacher substituting]] at a predominately white suburban HighSchool.
** This sketch is extremely popular among teachers, for the obvious reason.
* 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]] short. He plays country songs that he does not believe to be racist despite their blatantly racist lyrics (and despite how often the old neighbor tells him it is racist).
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Some ''MADtv'' cast members have appeared on this show. Nicole Parker[[note]]known for her Disney Girl character and her celebrity impressions of 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 ChrisRock, EddieMurphy, and Condolezza Rice[[/note]] played Michelle Obama's anger translator.
* 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.
** Also those two valets who are always fanboying over media topics such as '[[Creator/LiamNeeson Liam Neesons]]'.
* 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.
* MeaningfulName: [[MartinLutherKingJr Luther again.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Black Ice".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: 'Flicker' and 'Dueling Hats'.
* NoIndoorVoice: Luther and the two valet fanboys again.
* 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).
* 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!GordonRamsay keeps getting Peele's hopes up, then trashing them back down, over and over and over.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Mocked in "Offensive Boss", where a boss attempts to ask a gay man, a feminist, and a black man working for him if his speech is offensive. He can't even get a word in edgewise before they start leaping on him for interpreting simple speech as a personal attack... [[spoiler:and when he FINALLY gets to his speech, it's an offensive joke against Chinese people, Arabs, and the Polish. The three ''love'' offensive Chines, Arab, and Polish jokes.]]
* 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.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: A majority of sketches will have Keegan playing the Red while Jordan 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.]]
* ShamelessSelfPromotion: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBSs4yLd34w This.]]
* ShoutOut:
** At the end of the Hypeman Sketch they blatantly make one to "{{Literature/Of Mice and Men}} 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 "[[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.]]
** "Roommate Meeting" pulls the round-table gimmick straight from ''Series/That70sShow'' [[spoiler:with ''Film/TheGrudge'' thrown in.]]
** In "Pussy on the Chain Wax":
--> "You been saying some shit that doesn't exist, and you got [[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.
** One of the Wendell sketches has him calling a bust of [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Elrond]] [[HugoWeaving "Hugo"]] and a statue of [[{{Series/Firefly}} River Tam]] [[SummerGlau "Summer"]].
* 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.
* 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!"
* 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.''
* 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.]]
* 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]].
* 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.]]"
* 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]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: 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.
* 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. Five generations must have 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.
* 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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