In this video, comedians Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key imagine a magical musical world where black men are safe from the police.
If this is the first sketch you've ever watched by comedy duo Key & Peele, you might think they talk about race a lot. You're right. They also talk about gender, politics and porn.
Here's a few of my favorite Key and Peele sketches to give more context to their work:
We've all been there. And had a crazy substitute teacher:
Explaining the popularity of Steve Urkel:
Now, I know a lot of people are going to feel a lot of feelings watching Key & Peele's "Negrotown" sketch. I just had some feelings typing the word "Negrotown". There are so many things to feel about racism in America and the constant flood of stories in which minority populations are brutalized by the police. Personally, I feel anger, compassion and discomfort when I reflect on the ways my white privilege protects me from what my friends and neighbors have to face every day.
But that's me. I'm sure plenty of readers will let me know I'm a dumb idiot and the reasons why I should die in a fire! Meanwhile, let's talk about how funny this sketch is.
One of my favorite recurring bits is when Jordan Peele's singing character joyfully expresses his frustration with Key interrupting his song for expositional purposes. Call-outs to hoodies and "slang" are great. Also, love the set and costume design. Mostly, I love that it made me laugh while addressing the racist bullsh*t black people are put through every day. And it all ends on a a painfully real note, when Keegan-Michael Key is taken to the cop's idea of "negrotown." Comedy in mass incarceration?