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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Battleground and Veep

Battleground is Hulu’s first original scripted web-series.  It is a mockumentary about a state senate campaign in Wisconsin.  Battleground is a comedy with a few poignant or serious moments here and there.  The show focuses on the campaign manager, a few staff members, and a young volunteer. New episodes on Tuesdays!

I love politics; I’m a huge West Wing nerd.  And I especially love political satire: In the Loop, The Thick of It, Dr. Strangelove, even some aspects of Parks and Rec hit the mark.

Another political show on the horizon is Veep. Coming to HBO in April, it stars Julia Louis Dreyfus as the Vice President (and Anna Chlumsky from My Girl and In the Loop and Tony Hale from Arrested Development). The show is sure to be hilarious, due to Armando Iannucci’s involvement (creator of The Thick of It). Here is the new trailer:

 

PS: Jack De Sena from Dorm Life plays Cole Graner in Battlefield! What a small world!

DORM LIFE!!!!

I hope that my title expresses how much I love the show Dorm Life.  Because I love Dorm Life.  I love it. LOVE it.

It is the most watched web-series on Hulu.

Dorm Life is a mockumentary about the students who live on floor 5 South.  It was created by former students of UCLA. The show is like The Office, with a little Jim-Pam romance, and some crazy characters (omg the RA!).  If you ever feel like you miss college, this will take you right back!

There are only two seasons and the episodes are five to ten minutes long.  Get started today!!!

 

I Love British Comedies

I loooover British comedies.  As a kid I would watch As Time Goes By (Judi Dench!) after school.  I have to recommend Whites, Green Wing, Twenty Twelve (mockumentary about the London 2012 Olympics; bootleg it online), and Spy.  These are all really, really great.  Green Wing is probably my favorite, kind of like Arrested Development.  Spy is less dirty, but just as funny.  Out of all of these shows, only London 2012 and Spy are still on 😦

British shows seem to get cut off right at their prime.  They never go stale and they always leave you wanting more.

Recognize Tamsin Greig or Stephen Mangan?  They are in Episodes, with Matt LeBlanc.  They were nominated for two Golden Globes and won one.

 

Anyway, segue. Black’s Books is another British comedy (with Tamsin Greig), but it didn’t capture my interested as greatly as the others I mentioned. Dylan Moran, the creator and star of Black’s Books, whose doppelganger is Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Darcy from the remake with Keira Knightley), was in this cool short film a few years ago:

Tell It To The Fishes – http://www.laikapictures.com

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!