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(Time)   Key and Peele talk about why it's perfectly okay to make fun of everything, from burn victims to the bizarre names given to children who somehow find their way onto football teams, like Hingle McCringleberry   (time.com) divider line 64
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2014-03-13 08:32:43 AM
The show is hit or miss.
 
2014-03-13 08:33:13 AM
There's no taboo topic for comedy, but whether it comes off well is all about  context. There are some topics where it's  difficult to find the right context for the joke. Like rape. There are not a lot of situations that can make rape funny. Same for racial humor. And  that's why stuff like "All in the Family" and  Blazing Saddles get referenced in the article. They took sensitive topics and put them into a context that makes them funny, and in the case of "All in the Family", they knew when to stop trying to be funny and let things be real.

In the comment above, I said "rape" twice.
 
2014-03-13 08:46:56 AM
--- EAST ---

Coznesster Smiff / Rutgers University
Elipses Corter / University of Alabama
Nyquillus Dillwad / LSU
Bismo Funyuns / Florida State University
Decatholac Mango / Georgia Tech University
Mergatroid Skittle / University of Louisville
Quiznatodd Bidness / University of Tennessee
D'Pez Poopsie / Ol' Miss University
Quackadilly Blip / Auburn University
Goolius Boozler / The U
Bisquiteen Trisket / University of Michigan
Fartrell Cluggins / Arkansas University
Blyrone Blashinton / Syracuse University
Cartoons Plural / Virginia Tech University
Jammie Jammie-Jammie / The Ohio State University
Fudge / (No school given)

--- WEST ---

Equine Ducklings / Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dahistorius Lamystorius / Utah State University
Ewokoniad Sigourneth JuniorStein / Oklahoma State University
Eqqsnuizitine Buble-Schwinslow / University of Nebraska
Huka'lakanaka Hakanakaheekalucka'hukahakafaka / University of Hawaii
King Prince Chambermaid / Baylor University
Ladennifer Jadaniston / University of Colorado
Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada / University of Arizona
Harvard University / DeVry University
Morse Code / Army Navay Surplus Store
Wingdings / Online Classes
Firstname Lastname / College University
God / Home schooled
Squeeeeeeeeeeps / Santa Monica College
Benedict Cumberbatch / Oxford University
A.A. Ron Balakay / Morehouse College


The first time I saw this, I missed chunks of it because I was laughing. You have to respect that they developed a personality for each of these guys that are only on screen for 1-2 seconds topps.

Fudge.
 
2014-03-13 08:57:13 AM
If I catch this show I enjoy it.
 
2014-03-13 09:04:08 AM
*dolphin noises*
 
2014-03-13 09:30:15 AM

Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.


Isn't every comedy show? Most simply benefit from selective, rosy tinted, memory. The only skits we remember from 'show x' are the best ones. We don't remember that everything else from that single episode was a miserable failure, and that the season as a whole was pretty average.
 
2014-03-13 09:37:00 AM

Tricky Chicken: The first time I saw this, I missed chunks of it because I was laughing. You have to respect that they developed a personality for each of these guys that are only on screen for 1-2 seconds topps.


That's what I love most about those skits - the attention they put into the hairstyles and personas of each one.

That being said, the difference between someone making an intelligent/clever/funny observation involving race, gender, rape, etc. and a garden variety racist/sexist/overall moron saying something potato is usually painfully obvious.
 
2014-03-13 09:39:11 AM
Y'all gotta listen to Funshine Bear.

/a'ight, let's go sell some crack
 
2014-03-13 09:41:21 AM
LaRod Showerhandel

/even kids in the hall were hit or miss
//WKYK are more like Ryan Howard, miss a lot but when there's contact they CRUSH it
 
2014-03-13 09:47:18 AM
Squeeeeeeeeeeps
 
2014-03-13 10:10:27 AM
Every comedy show is hit or miss. It's a matter of ratio. Stuff like Inside Amy Schumer or Kroll Show maybe make me laugh once per show. K&P have me watching sketches again and again.

I loves me some Key and Peele.

Fun fact: they're the gangsters in the beginning of Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" video.
 
2014-03-13 10:11:29 AM
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Pictured: proof that comedians DO mock Obama... Both Obamas.
 
2014-03-13 10:15:48 AM

kroonermanblack: Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.

Isn't every comedy show? Most simply benefit from selective, rosy tinted, memory. The only skits we remember from 'show x' are the best ones. We don't remember that everything else from that single episode was a miserable failure, and that the season as a whole was pretty average.


I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

Without getting too nostalgic, I never found that to be true of Chappelle. Yeah, not every sketch was a gut buster, but he had much more consistently at least amusing material. And when he hit they were classics.

I like the show, but I rarely watch a whole episode because there's usually at least one stinker so bad I flip the channel.
 
2014-03-13 10:26:05 AM

Kevin Lomax: kroonermanblack: Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.

Isn't every comedy show? Most simply benefit from selective, rosy tinted, memory. The only skits we remember from 'show x' are the best ones. We don't remember that everything else from that single episode was a miserable failure, and that the season as a whole was pretty average.

I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

Without getting too nostalgic, I never found that to be true of Chappelle. Yeah, not every sketch was a gut buster, but he had much more consistently at least amusing material. And when he hit they were classics.

I like the show, but I rarely watch a whole episode because there's usually at least one stinker so bad I flip the channel.


You took the thoughts from my brain.
 
2014-03-13 10:28:50 AM

Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.


Taking the bad with the good, I like that they don't hold much back.  Like a driver pushing his car to the edge of its performance, they sometimes win spectacularly and sometimes crash in flames.
 
2014-03-13 10:39:07 AM

Kevin Lomax: I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.


This is racist of me (but not the cross burning variety of racism) but I always thought that in general black peopel loved that schtick.
 
2014-03-13 10:41:15 AM

liam76: Kevin Lomax: I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

This is racist of me (but not the cross burning variety of racism) but I always thought that in general black peopel loved that schtick.


Worked for the wayans brothers
 
2014-03-13 10:42:38 AM
The office homophobe skit is brilliant.
 
2014-03-13 10:53:01 AM
I do like it when they do the presidents interprater. But the football one I had to watch a few times to get all the names because I was laughing so much.
 
2014-03-13 10:57:00 AM
My favorite is the inner-city substitute teacher placed in the suburban classroom and butchering the names.

"A-A-ron"!!

/Former teacher who had to deal with some odd names.
 
2014-03-13 10:57:18 AM

Kevin Lomax: kroonermanblack: Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.

Isn't every comedy show? Most simply benefit from selective, rosy tinted, memory. The only skits we remember from 'show x' are the best ones. We don't remember that everything else from that single episode was a miserable failure, and that the season as a whole was pretty average.

I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

Without getting too nostalgic, I never found that to be true of Chappelle. Yeah, not every sketch was a gut buster, but he had much more consistently at least amusing material. And when he hit they were classics.

I like the show, but I rarely watch a whole episode because there's usually at least one stinker so bad I flip the channel.


Everyone's a critic a-hole.
 
2014-03-13 11:16:12 AM
Slap-ASS!!
 
2014-03-13 11:18:58 AM

indy_kid: My favorite is the inner-city substitute teacher placed in the suburban classroom and butchering the names.

"A-A-ron"!!

/Former teacher who had to deal with some odd names.


LOVE that one.

My wife & I constantly call each other 'A-A-Ron' (Aaron) and 'D-Nice (Denise)
 
2014-03-13 11:30:12 AM

thecpt: liam76: Kevin Lomax: I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

This is racist of me (but not the cross burning variety of racism) but I always thought that in general black peopel loved that schtick.

Worked for the wayans brothers


The Valley Girl thing is the closest thing to white people minstrels for what its worth, but given the lack of actual oppression of white people by blacks in history I'm happy to give them a pass.

Now what I do find offensive is Tyler Perry putting out such boring saccharine crap and always showing up in drag.
 
2014-03-13 11:37:15 AM
If you guys haven't seen it, the bit they did with Liam Neeson was golden, even if it was a blatant movie plug.
 
2014-03-13 11:42:13 AM
-Listen to me, OK? Your mother needs to manage her weight or there can be some real problems.
-Oh, okay. All right, yeah, yeah. Yo momma is so fat she need a latitude and longitude number to find her own asshole.

// snap, Mr Lewis
// snap
 
2014-03-13 11:47:15 AM
i57.tinypic.com
 
2014-03-13 12:00:44 PM

Tricky Chicken: --- EAST ---

Coznesster Smiff / Rutgers University
Elipses Corter / University of Alabama
Nyquillus Dillwad / LSU
Bismo Funyuns / Florida State University
Decatholac Mango / Georgia Tech University
Mergatroid Skittle / University of Louisville
Quiznatodd Bidness / University of Tennessee
D'Pez Poopsie / Ol' Miss University
Quackadilly Blip / Auburn University
Goolius Boozler / The U Thuh Yuuu
Bisquiteen Trisket / University of Michigan
Fartrell Cluggins / Arkansas University
Blyrone Blashinton / Syracuse University
Cartoons Plural / Virginia Tech University
Jammie Jammie-Jammie / The Ohio State University
Fudge / (No school given)

--- WEST ---

Equine Ducklings / Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dahistorius Lamystorius / Utah State University
Ewokoniad Sigourneth JuniorStein / Oklahoma State University
Eqqsnuizitine Buble-Schwinslow / University of Nebraska
Huka'lakanaka Hakanakaheekalucka'hukahakafaka / University of Hawaii
King Prince Chambermaid / Baylor University
Ladennifer Jadaniston / University of Colorado
Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada / University of Arizona
Harvard University / DeVry University
Morse Code / Army Navay Surplus Store
Wingdings / Online Classes
Firstname Lastname / College University
God / Home schooled
Squeeeeeeeeeeps / Santa Monica College
Benedict Cumberbatch / Oxford University
A.A. Ron Balakay / Morehouse College


The first time I saw this, I missed chunks of it because I was laughing. You have to respect that they developed a personality for each of these guys that are only on screen for 1-2 seconds topps.

Fudge.


/FTFY
//I can't hear it spelled any other way
///I want to name my next dog Xmus Jaxon Flaxon Waxon, but I don't think the wife will like it
 
2014-03-13 12:09:09 PM
Love K&P

Also like Kroll Show


Usually Comedy Central sketch shows are pretty meh but these two I like
 
2014-03-13 12:13:32 PM
Jammie Jammie-Jammie - I think its funnier if all pronounced like bedtime Jammies.

Harvard University DeVry University is a close #2
 
2014-03-13 12:14:34 PM
Where are my manners

Cartoons Plural in this biatch
 
2014-03-13 12:15:10 PM

Tricky Chicken: --- EAST ---

Coznesster Smiff / Rutgers University
Elipses Corter / University of Alabama
Nyquillus Dillwad / LSU
Bismo Funyuns / Florida State University
Decatholac Mango / Georgia Tech University
Mergatroid Skittle / University of Louisville
Quiznatodd Bidness / University of Tennessee
D'Pez Poopsie / Ol' Miss University
Quackadilly Blip / Auburn University
Goolius Boozler / The U
Bisquiteen Trisket / University of Michigan
Fartrell Cluggins / Arkansas University
Blyrone Blashinton / Syracuse University
Cartoons Plural / Virginia Tech University
Jammie Jammie-Jammie / The Ohio State University
Fudge / (No school given)

--- WEST ---

Equine Ducklings / Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Dahistorius Lamystorius / Utah State University
Ewokoniad Sigourneth JuniorStein / Oklahoma State University
Eqqsnuizitine Buble-Schwinslow / University of Nebraska
Huka'lakanaka Hakanakaheekalucka'hukahakafaka / University of Hawaii
King Prince Chambermaid / Baylor University
Ladennifer Jadaniston / University of Colorado
Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada / University of Arizona
Harvard University / DeVry University
Morse Code / Army Navay Surplus Store
Wingdings / Online Classes
Firstname Lastname / College University
God / Home schooled
Squeeeeeeeeeeps / Santa Monica College
Benedict Cumberbatch / Oxford University
A.A. Ron Balakay / Morehouse College


The first time I saw this, I missed chunks of it because I was laughing. You have to respect that they developed a personality for each of these guys that are only on screen for 1-2 seconds topps.

Fudge.


You forgot:
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-13 12:16:41 PM

AntonChigger: A.A. Ron Balakay / Morehouse College


Nice call back
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw
 
2014-03-13 12:21:43 PM
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2014-03-13 12:27:00 PM
If they ever reboot "Babylon 5", I want K&P as Rebo and Zooty.
 
2014-03-13 12:27:08 PM

Kevin Lomax: kroonermanblack: Gunny Highway: The show is hit or miss.

Isn't every comedy show? Most simply benefit from selective, rosy tinted, memory. The only skits we remember from 'show x' are the best ones. We don't remember that everything else from that single episode was a miserable failure, and that the season as a whole was pretty average.

I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

Without getting too nostalgic, I never found that to be true of Chappelle. Yeah, not every sketch was a gut buster, but he had much more consistently at least amusing material. And when he hit they were classics.

I like the show, but I rarely watch a whole episode because there's usually at least one stinker so bad I flip the channel.


Well said.
 
2014-03-13 12:30:56 PM
My favorite is still 'Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch'

/You said that tho?
//Well yeah, you know.
 
2014-03-13 12:30:59 PM
I fully expect to see someone named Completrius play in the NFL as a reciever someday
 
2014-03-13 12:36:34 PM
I want a platter of stork ankles, a possum spine, and old cellar door, and a human foot.

I still laugh my ass off every time I watch that sketch.
 
2014-03-13 12:41:30 PM

VoodooTaco: My favorite is still 'Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch'

/You said that tho?
//Well yeah, you know.


i26.photobucket.com
Bumper sticker from a Detroit radio station
 
2014-03-13 12:48:36 PM
I've watched a couple.  A few decent premises, but they often suffer from the same disease as other sketch shows which is extending the joke 2 minutes too long.
 
2014-03-13 01:04:08 PM
i57.tinypic.com

"Play date?  We gonna have a f**k date.."
 
2014-03-13 01:05:39 PM

Crotchrocket Slim: thecpt: liam76: Kevin Lomax: I agree with your point, but the only thing I'll say about K&P is that when they miss, it's a complete whiff, not even amusing like turn the channel bad (e.g. any sketch where the pretend to be valley girls). They have high points that are as funny as anything on TV now but they have low points that are as bad as anything on TV.

This is racist of me (but not the cross burning variety of racism) but I always thought that in general black peopel loved that schtick.

Worked for the wayans brothers

The Valley Girl thing is the closest thing to white people minstrels for what its worth, but given the lack of actual oppression of white people by blacks in history I'm happy to give them a pass.

Now what I do find offensive is Tyler Perry putting out such boring saccharine crap and always showing up in drag.


have no idea whatsoever how Tyler Perry ever made it onto tv or movies.  That guy is the most unfunny comedian I have ever seen.
 
2014-03-13 01:16:19 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: have no idea whatsoever how Tyler Perry ever made it onto tv or movies. That guy is the most unfunny comedian I have ever seen.

Wait, what?
Since when?
 
2014-03-13 01:34:25 PM
I don't want to sound like "that guy," but a couple things:

It's one thing for a comedian to write a comedy make fun of the Holocaust, but I dare that comedian to actually visit to Auschwitz and think there's material there for laughs.  The world has countless other topics available - there's no great unmined comedic gold waiting for jokes about that.  If they want to help people cope with the fears of the world, just try to do a Pearl Harbor bit at a VA home to get them to "cope."  The only people they want to help cope are people who have no direct connection with these events.

Comedy world best when there is some sort of boundary, even a self-imposed one.  You establish your universe, and see how far you can push things.  Mel Brooks had tons of crude and suggestive humor in his films, but never had completely naked boobs on screen.  If you have no boundary, you just become scattershot and your humor becomes diluted.
 
2014-03-13 01:42:21 PM

Thelyphthoric: Dr Jack Badofsky: have no idea whatsoever how Tyler Perry ever made it onto tv or movies. That guy is the most unfunny comedian I have ever seen.
Wait, what?
Since when?


Not sure if serious, but if you're splitting hairs, fine.  Tyler Perry is the most unfunny writer/actor/director I have ever seen.  It's like he tries to not be funny....and succeeds beyond imagine.
 
2014-03-13 01:47:34 PM

Lodger: I don't want to sound like "that guy," but a couple things:

It's one thing for a comedian to write a comedy make fun of the Holocaust, but I dare that comedian to actually visit to Auschwitz and think there's material there for laughs.  The world has countless other topics available - there's no great unmined comedic gold waiting for jokes about that.  If they want to help people cope with the fears of the world, just try to do a Pearl Harbor bit at a VA home to get them to "cope."  The only people they want to help cope are people who have no direct connection with these events.

Comedy world best when there is some sort of boundary, even a self-imposed one.  You establish your universe, and see how far you can push things.  Mel Brooks had tons of crude and suggestive humor in his films, but never had completely naked boobs on screen.  If you have no boundary, you just become scattershot and your humor becomes diluted.


my memory is a little foggy about how it came up and everything else.  May years ago...back when Al Franken still had a radio show, he talked about Steven Speilberg interviewing Holocaust survivors, and mentioned the following exchange.

A woman was who was in Auschiwtz said to Spielberg: "I was there when they liberated the camp.  I weighed 82 pounds, and I still had a fat ass."

Even survivors of the most terrible things in history can make jokes about it.
 
2014-03-13 01:59:39 PM

Lodger: Mel Brooks had tons of crude and suggestive humor in his films, but never had completely naked boobs on screen.  If you have no boundary, you just become scattershot and your humor becomes diluted.


Makes me think of the difference between American TV and British/European TV.  In America, brutal violence is common, while a flash of breast or nipple can get you a $50K fine from the FCC.  In Britain/Europe, overt violence is uncommon, while nudity is treated as "meh".  Monty Python had sketches with topless women in the 1970s (and my local PBS showed them uncensored - God bless them)!

I'm reminded of the Georger Carlin skit of changing the word "kill" to "f*ck" in all of the Westerns and other violent movies:

"Alright, Sheriff!  We got ya know, and we're gonna f*ck ya!  We're gonna f*ck ya slow!"

CSB:

When my mother took my brother, sister and a grandson to Paris, my sis caught him up late at night watching the boobies on French TV (muted, of course).
 
2014-03-13 02:03:36 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: Thelyphthoric: Dr Jack Badofsky: have no idea whatsoever how Tyler Perry ever made it onto tv or movies. That guy is the most unfunny comedian I have ever seen.
Wait, what?
Since when?

Not sure if serious, but if you're splitting hairs, fine.  Tyler Perry is the most unfunny writer/actor/director I have ever seen.  It's like he tries to not be funny....and succeeds beyond imagine.


Oh, I wasn't saying you were technically incorrect about his status as a comedian, I was just saying in a somewhat vague way that I'd rather scoop the humor center from my brain through my ear with a rusty spoon than watch one of his movies.
 
2014-03-13 02:04:10 PM

Almet: Lodger: I don't want to sound like "that guy," but a couple things:

It's one thing for a comedian to write a comedy make fun of the Holocaust, but I dare that comedian to actually visit to Auschwitz and think there's material there for laughs.  The world has countless other topics available - there's no great unmined comedic gold waiting for jokes about that.  If they want to help people cope with the fears of the world, just try to do a Pearl Harbor bit at a VA home to get them to "cope."  The only people they want to help cope are people who have no direct connection with these events.

Comedy world best when there is some sort of boundary, even a self-imposed one.  You establish your universe, and see how far you can push things.  Mel Brooks had tons of crude and suggestive humor in his films, but never had completely naked boobs on screen.  If you have no boundary, you just become scattershot and your humor becomes diluted.

my memory is a little foggy about how it came up and everything else.  May years ago...back when Al Franken still had a radio show, he talked about Steven Speilberg interviewing Holocaust survivors, and mentioned the following exchange.

A woman was who was in Auschiwtz said to Spielberg: "I was there when they liberated the camp.  I weighed 82 pounds, and I still had a fat ass."

Even survivors of the most terrible things in history can make jokes about it.


Well, she's making fun of herself.  But more importantly, if that's how she's able to cope, then good for her and more power to her.

Now, if Key and Peele decide they want to help Holocaust survivors by making a routine out of it, that's an entirely different scenario.  Get a room full of survivors and "help" them.  Again, comedians have been going to Veteran's hospitals or retirement homes for decades to entertain soldiers and survivors, but there's no way when a comedian is facing those people that he's going to joke about it.  The service in general? Sure, but the specific event?  No way.

If a survivor needs to cope with a situation, it's up to them to find the best way, not for a comedian to arbitrarily  make fun of what they suffered through.
 
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