The day none of us were ready for is unfortunately here. Key and Peele, one of the most beloved sketch comedies of the past 10 years has come to an end after 5 hilarious, memorable seasons. Everyone remembers their friend who showed them the East/West college bowl or "I said biiiitch" sketch on YouTube. The brilliant dynamic duo have many great sketches, but the factor that makes their sketches so memorable is the cinematic quality to them. Most of their sketches are obviously intended to be parodies, but the near-perfect cinematic quality makes them appear as homages as well. Let's take a look at some of the best cinematic quality sketches of Key and Peele.
Das Negros (season 1, episode 3)
One of the first cinematic-mimicking sketches and first appearance of Ty Burrell on the show, this sketch isn't my favorite but it is shot brilliantly. One really can feel a movie-like tension as Burrell goes through his tests for "identifying the negro."
Flicker (season 1, episode 6)
One of the first K&P sketches I saw, this one is pretty predictable but the delivery is perfect. The ending is classic K&P.
Obama-The College Years (season 2, episode 1)
It seems like the quality of the sketches has improved with each season and one of the first sketches from season 2 showed the guys' dedication to re-creating the real thing. You feel that this came straight from a worn-out videocassette from the 90's.
I'm Retired (season 2, episode 4)
This sketch perfectly demonstrates Key and Peele's ability to create a parody that also serves as a homage. Peele's delivery is hilarious and so spot-on, you wonder if he could actually play this type of role in a movie. Key plays the straight man with excellence. This sketch perfectly fits in a movie industry where old action stars never die (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Stallone, etc). Could you picture this same scenario happening to an 80-year old Rambo?
Racist Zombies (season 2, episode 6)
We are given the gritty feel of a zombie movie or show (more than likely a Walking Dead parody) in this brilliant sketch.
Manly Tears (season 2, episode 8)
Key and Peele should take their characters from all the "Mexican gangster" sketches and make a movie about a heist gone terribly wrong. It'd be a comedy version of Reservoir Dogs.
Twilight Gangsters (season 2, episode 9)
The thing that tops this sketch off is the "happy couple" montage. Surprise sur-motherfucking-prise.
Les Mis (season 3, episode 1)
Wish I had seen Les Mis so I could fully appreciate this sketch, but it's still brilliant nonetheless!
L.A. Vice (season 3, episode 4)
One of my favorites. PERFECT send-up of cheesy 80's action flicks.
Boxing Press Conference (season 3, episode 4)
I would have felt like I was watching one of the press conference scenes from the Rocky movies if it weren't for Peele's outlandish claims. It's typical over-the-top Key and Peele humor done with excellence.
Futbol Flop (season 3, episode 5)
Probably my favorite instance of Key and Peele going unnecessarily over-the-top to deliver a punchline. The music completes it.
Continental Breakfast (season 3, episode 7)
Here's to hoping that Jordan Peele gets an Oscar someday.
Sexy Vampires (season 3, episode 7)
Hilarious parody of vampire culture (Twilight, Vampire Diaries) that pretty much sums up what vampires in those god-awful Twilight movies are all about.
Alien Impostors (season 4, episode 1)
Pretty similar to the "Racist Zombies" sketch. Typical gritty action feel that K&P are so great at re-creating.
Family Matters (season 4, episode 4)
Classic Key and Peele escalation.
Quarterback Concussion (season 4, episode 5)
It's like any inspirational football movie ever (Remember the Titans, We are Marshall) with a hilarious twist. It's not only the cinematography that makes this seem straight out of a film, but the generic uplifting music in the background. Brilliant!
Make-A-Wish (season 4, episode 6)
Peele might have made this kid a little bit too creepy.
Strike Force Eagle 3: The Reckoning (season 4, episode 7)
Like the L.A. Vice sketch, but even more awesome.
Consequences (season 4, episode 8)
Donny should have been a character on Stand and Deliver. I definitely would have seen that movie multiple times after I watched it in 8th grade English if that was the case.
Pre-Game Pump-Up (season 5, episode 1)
The ending felt like a deleted scene from The Dark Knight.
Severed Head Showcase (season 5, episode 4)
Not their best sketch by far, but a pretty funny visual gag.
Rap Album Confessions (season 5, episode 5)
Jordan Peele seriously deserves an Emmy for his mannerisms alone.
These Nuts (season 5, episode 11)
A perfect cinematic quality sketch to have in the series finale. The only thing keeping this sketch from getting too redundant is the fact that this actually feels like a movie. Watch it on mute and you literally won't be able to tell the difference. Watch it here
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele said they will be pairing up for projects in the future. Their first offering is a movie called Keanu which is expected in April 2016. Hopefully the duo's collaborations are frequent, the world can never get enough Key and Peele.