Key and Peele

Key and Peele is fantastic.  Both Portlandia and Key and Peele are more consistently funny than SNL is or MadTV was. It may be a “cooks in the kitchen thing,” where you get more quality sketches out of a comedy duo (Fry and Laurie, Armisen and Brownstein, Key and Peele) because of the closer rapport. Idk, just a guess.

Show description:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the stars of “Key & Peele,” an original new sketch-comedy show that examines life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.

Anyway, Key and Peele, both former MadTV cast members, are great.  You can watch full-length episodes on Hulu Plus, clips on Hulu, and clips on Comedy Central. And of course there’s the Comedy Central channel on youtube.

Here are some of my favorite sketches. IT WAS TOO HARD TO CHOSE SO I JUST KEPT ADDING MORE AND MORE:

 

The show airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 c on Comedy Central and it has already been renewed for a second season that will air in the fall.

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duder.

Writing dialogue has got to be the hardest part of writing a script.  People are silly and strange and I think it is really hard to capture that in a realistic way. At its worst, dialogue can turn out like Juno, where people sound like the tweets of a pop culture nightmare.  At its best, dialogue turns out like duder.

duder. is a comedy web series.  It is funny and interesting and weird in all the right ways. Some deets:

– duder. is an award-winning web series about a bunch of duders who just, you know, duder around a bit.

– duder. is written and produced by Matt Kirsch, New York-based writer and web producer for the Onion. Matt plays Glen.

– duder. stars the handsome Alden Ford, who plays Ricky in the series and also edits a bunch of the series.

Here is a trailer for the series:

The season 1 episodes are kind of low quality because they are like 5 years old.  Don’t let that stop you!

The most recent episode for season 3 was posted 9 months ago, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen. But that’s ok because seasons 1 and 2 are so good that I’ll just rewatch them over again.

Veep Premieres in April on HBO

OMG.  SO excited.  Not only do I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I love the director of this new series, Armando Iannucci.

From HuffPo:

In “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Her character quickly learns the job isn’t exactly what she thought it would be.

The show also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Iannucci was the co-writer and director of In the Loop, one of my favorite films and a great piece of political satire, and he wrote and directed The Thick of It, a fantastic tv show satirizing British politics.

In the Loop:

 

The Thick of It:

Iannucci is a genius.

Portlandia!

 

Portlandia is a fantastic sketch comedy show on IFC starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.  The second season just started and we are in store for ten episodes as opposed to the first season’s six.  The first season is available on DVD or from itunes or most of the episodes can be pieced together from the clips on Hulu.

Even if you have never been to Portland (I haven’t), you will love this show.  It is like the best sketches from SNL + a dash of familiar weird people + hippie/hipster mocking = HILARIOUS!  Carrie and Fred play versions of themselves and lots of other reoccurring characters.  Each episode has one main story broken up into three or four parts with other sketches throughout.

They are going on a live tour (yay!) and you can check out the dates here.

I recently heard Carrie and Fred on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Did you know Carrie Brownstein used to write a music blog for NPR?

Portlandia is a comedy home run and I look forward to catching up with the mayor, Toni and Candice, and the wonderful city of Portland!