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P*ssy On The Chainwax: Power Ranking The 15 Best Sketches Of 'Key & Peele' Season 3

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | December 19, 2013 | Comments ()


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Key & Peele wrapped up their third season last night and the Comedy Central sketch show is stronger than ever. Some highlights from the finale that I aren’t on this list (because they’re not available online yet) include “Pussy On The Chainwax” and “Anne Hathaways.” In fact, the “Anne Hathaways” sketch featuring the recurring characters of two valets who get very excited about their favorite actors, is the perfect example of what Key & Peele does so well. In addition to delivering hilarious, energetic character work, the sketch touched on the weird and pervasive Anne Hathaway hate that’s gripping our nation. Why do we hate someone whose biggest crime is caring too much? Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele always manage to work in great social commentary into a show already packed with solid comedy. Of course, as you’ll see from this list, usually the social commentary is a little more sophisticated than “why do we hate this skinny white actress and love this one?” They touch on race, politics, gender and sexuality. They do so skillfully, incisively and sometimes without us even noticing. Between the excellent wig and facial hair work, the astonishingly great accents and dialects and the unmatchable energy of both Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, this somehow became the best sketch comedy show on television. I know they have an advantage over “SNL” in that they’re not recording live or working around stiff or inexperienced guest hosts, but that doesn’t change the fact that sketch for sketch they blow “SNL” and all other comers out of the water. If you’re not watching yet, catch up. They’ll be back for Season 4 in 2014 and, in the meantime, here are the highlights from Season 3.

15. Gangsta Acting Scene: I’m not saying this is directed at Idris Elba, but it’s definitely directed at Idris Elba. Apologies for the quality.

14. Fighting Meegan’s Battles: I’m including this sketch so we can pay homage to how willing and eager the guys are to dress in drag. Makes me nostalgic for The Kids In The Hall.

13. Continental Breakfast: Part of Key & Peele’s Halloween episode, this sketch didn’t really grab me until the movie reference at the end.

12. East West Conference Bowl 2: One of the most popular sketches from the previous seasons is back. This one ranked low because I thought the sketch was so great the first time and there was no way a sequel could live up. But it ranked at all because of Benedict Cumberbatch.

11. Cat Poster: Fun Usual Suspects spoof with an added twist at the end. What would it be without that extra twist?

Key & Peele: Cat Poster from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.

10. Obama Shutdown: One of the best Key & Peele sketches, the one that first got them really noticed, featured Luther, Barack Obama’s anger translator. Here’s a sketch introducing Michelle’s anger translator. If you don’t lose it at the cave/heat seeking missile part, then I don’t want to know you.

9. Les Mis: It’s harder than you’d think to pull off a successful musical spoof. You have to a) be a good singer b) understand the music you’re spoofing and c) have something interesting to say. They nail all three criteria here and achieve extra credit for the Anne Hathaway nod and the excellent Colm Wilkinson impression.

8. Second Amendment: I love this bewigged take on the gun control problem with a Terminator/Skynet twist.

Key & Peele: The Second Amendment from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.

7. Mr. T PSAs: This ranks so high not because it’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen, but because it absolutely nails the doofiness of 80s era PSAs. Who better to teach you valuable life lessons than Mr. T? Besides, Jordan must have had so much fun with his Mr. T experience.

6. Lando Fan: Mr. T is all well and good, but we know who the coolest black dude of the 80s was and Keegan-Michael gets to play him here as a swaggering asshole who’s complicit in keeping other intergalactic black dudes down.

5. Walking Dead Extras This should look familiar to those of us who watch AMC’s zombie show. Bet you never thought of it from the zombie extra’s perspective, did you? DID YOU?

4. Office Homophobe: This show plays with homosexual characters in a way that other shows are either too inept or too afraid to. K & P skate the line of offensive but, as this sketch and the LaShawn and Samuel sketches show, they know what they’re doing and it always comes back around.

3. Othello Is My Shite: Key and Peele are self-professed nerds so the casting of Gaius Baltar (James Callis) as Shakespeare is an extra little geeky delight. The best part, of course, is the literal translation of modern idioms into Elizabethan English. I doth not purchase it, indeed.

Key & Peele: Othello Tis My Shite from Peter Atencio on Vimeo.

2. Sex With Black Guys: When this sketch started I thought it was going to be all about the guys talking Game Of Thrones at the bar. I want that sketch, please. Make that sketch next. But once the real premise reveals itself, Key and Peele accomplish so much with just their facial expressions. Do you think that’s because, as black actors-no I can’t pull that joke off. Africa!

1. Cunnilingus Class: No doubt the best sketch of the season. Is that my female bias talking? Maybe. I’m not sure it needed the reveal at the end, I already had tears streaming down my face. Practice on a peach, boys.



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  • e jerry powell

    Oh, no, my children, it's all about this. And I am not even playin'.

    Also, for reference's sake, the best repository of K&P high-def is Peter Atencio's vimeo channel.

  • NateMan

    Office Homphobe almost broke me. That was frigging hysterical. If I had a quarter for every person I've dealt with who was like that I could probably retire. I love these guys.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    this was wonderful. meegan, sex with black guys and cunnilingus class all just made my late night

  • manting

    Cunniligus class was genius. It was "stroke, stroke, breathe" that got me. Flaps, flaps everywhere.

  • MEEGAN, COME ON.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    BLESS THIS POST. My love for these dudes cannot be contained.

  • Monica

    Can they host the Oscars? I would love them to host the Oscars please.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    They are definitely too awesome for the Oscars. The Emmys, now that would be an amazing platform for some TV spoofing.

  • I came here solely hoping to see the Cunnilingus sketch on the list. It might be one of my favorite sketches of ANY show.

  • Uriah_Creep

    BUT EVERY BITCH’S FLAPS IS DIFFERENT.

    LEARN YOUR BITCH’S PARTICULAR FLAPS.

  • apsutter

    I love these guys so much. One of my favorite things that they do is the discussions they have before they announce their skits. My fav to do this day is when they were talking about their lack of street cred because of their BA's from Sarah Lawrence lol

  • Walt Jr

    Can the Cunnilingus Class sketch be considered required viewing?

  • e jerry powell

    I'm working on that. I have my heterosexual sisters' backs...

  • BlackRabbit

    I now have a host of names for my presently-nonexistent children. For which they should be thankful. Cartoons Plural! However, I'd like these more if they all didn't start up the minute I opened this page. Overload!

  • Repo

    Great stuff. Joke Stealer would have made my top 5 but there's nothing wrong with this list.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    So...guess I'll be catching up on my dvr'd Key & Peele tonight!

  • emmalita

    Hey nonny nonny!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    not asleep yet!

    (I watched 4 of 'em.)

  • TheDeuce

    Have you seen the P*ssy on the Chainwax shirt yet? http://skreened.com/ontheoffen...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    This list was...NOYCE1
    I love Key and Peele, I've yet to see a bad show from them and they've inspired me to name my future progeny A. Aron.

  • alwaysanswerb

    re: Cunnilingus Class --

    http://data1.whicdn.com/images...

  • sainthubbins

    Continental Breakfast is my favorite, because of the line "Like go-gurt, but to stay".

  • Pentadactyl

    Oh hey, it's Oates! And Gaius Baltar!

    Cameos aside, these guys are awesome! I'm nervous any time I click play on a Key and Peele clip because I'm not used to sketch shows being so consistently great and I keep thinking the next ones going to break the streak. But they always deliver.

  • JFD108

    LIAM NEESUMS!!!!!! Too bad they weren't available

  • Nail Polish Color

    BUT WHAT ABOUT BRUCE WILLY

  • Zach Richardson

    NEESUNS AND WILLY!?!?!?!?!?

  • sjfromsj

    Thank you for this amazing time suck of distraction. I really needed it. I love Key and Peele more than I think a middle class suburban white girl should.

  • Barry

    Key & Peele has damn good production values for a "sketch show". The money isn't wasted...the attention to detail in all of their skits is amazing.

    Amusingly, they spoof-critique their own show under the guise of Vandaveon and Mike. Check 'em out on Youtube for a few extra yuks...

  • Belladonna Took

    I loved the Vampire sketch poking fun at them always wearing black and taking things to the nth sexy degree.

  • The Cunnilingus Class is fantastic.

    Substitute Teacher 2 was disappointing. Surprised how poorly that came off the second time. Maybe it's because the first one is such a treasure.

  • Samantha Klein

    The original East West Conference bowl is quite possibly the funniest thing ever created. It will never, ever get old. Not ever.

  • Nail Polish Color

    Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar makes me cry laughing, such a great sketch

  • Samantha Klein

    I think my favorite changes every couple of times I watch it. Right now it's "The Artist Formerly Known as Mousecop."

    NEVER NOT FUNNY.

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. It's all about Dan Smith.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Donkey Teeth.

    I was scrolling through the Reddit AMA Key & Peele did the other day, and it appears the crowd favorite name is L'Carpetron Dookmarriott. Say it out loud. Again. So funny.

  • Monica

    "L'Carpetron Dookmarriott, I love the ball so much I want to marry it."

    The East-West Bowl Rap is almost as funny and it's catchy as hell. I get it stuck in my head at work all the time.

  • Samantha Klein

    Rap? What??

  • Samantha Klein

    ZOMGGGGGGGGGG.

  • Monica

    We're gonna get the most points and they're gonna get the least!

  • Robert

    I was partial to the hype man sketch, myself. You have to watch through to the end. Not the ad/promo end, but the end of the sketch. http://www.comedycentral.com/v...

  • AvaLehra

    Well, I know what I'm watching as soon as I get home from work.

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