Key & Peele
“Killer Concept Album”
Season 5, Episode 5
It’s the classic lightening in the bottle gag.
For the past couple of seasons, the settings of Key & Peele have ranged from wacky to realistic – a normal move for a television sketch show. One parody type has remained consistent, however, in the vein of the police procedural. Such a serious style is bound to be satirized often as the topic opens up the jokes on itself. For instance, John Mulaney’s take on Ice T’s character in one of those Law & Order shows is spot on. Key and Peele seem to also have fun lampooning the show type. The first sketch and last sketch both take on procedurals in separate ways.
Peele’s rapping character Gun Rack is being questioned about a murder by a detective played by Key. Upon denying the accusation, Gun Rack sits back comfortably in his metal chair in the middle of the baron police questioning room. Key plays Gun Rack’s admission song that has lyrics with the rapper saying he did in fact murder that guy. All of the jokes are delivered via this song that has hysterically specific detail as to who, what, where, and when. Even with this implication, Gun Rack denies it. Peele’s calm demeanor is offset by Key’s increasingly angry detective. All remains serious however as opposed to the next sketch.
The guys stretch their legs in the fantastical area with a reveal that Peele’s character has an assortment of magical items. From smoking weed to literal lightening in a bottle, Key & Peele escalates at appropriate moments. These takes on clichés-turned-jokes are distinct much like a run in with a ghost in a later sketch. Peele is visiting a cemetery when the ghost of an old classmate raises from the grave. His mistake that Peele is coming to see him gets evermore awkward as the conversation continues – with Key repeatedly saying Peele is his only friend nice enough to come – until Peele mentions his grandfather is buried two rows down. This misunderstanding has been done before, in the same episode in fact, but it doesn’t get tiring.
Ranch hands Key and Peele discuss the right way to talk to women. Now, with the roles reversed, Key explains to Peele that he can’t outright talk about his genitals or comment on the women’s private parts. What’s amazing is the reliance on delivery as opposed to vulgarity.
Should you watch “Killer Concept Album?”
There were a handful of sketches with several great jokes. Favorite lines were hard to come by as many of the jokes relied on the setup as a whole. What I didn’t mention is how much I enjoyed the between sketch vignettes. The conversations felt crazier this time around. Even the cold open had its moments. And Key’s Playing House costar Jessica St. Clair pops up, which is fun. Give this episode a whirl.