Actors/Comedians/Filmmakers KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY and JORDAN PEELE are the notoriously popular duo, KEY & PEELE, who host the COMEDY CENTRAL show, KEY & PEELE,, have a brand-spankin' new film KEANU, that opens Friday, April 29, and they cover the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On how the "Mr. GARVEY" sketch addressed BLACK PEOPLE reclaiming their identity via naming their children:
“What’s interesting is if you think about it, it’s the first time something has happened like that in thousands of years where people said, ‘we are going to repurpose our own experience. [A] name such as Dejaquan is not African, it’s not American, it’s African American. In the ’60s and ‘70s, it started to become a creative thing. It’s really a uniquely American experience.”
On how the LUTHER sketch addressed BLACK MEN being perceived as an aggressive threat, how President BARACK OBAMA is not immune to that stereotype:
“The ‘Luther’ sketch was originally our attempt to say what we felt like everybody in the country was observing or thinking about the way Obama was being treated. You had Trump throwing out the birth certificate stuff and questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship. Just like those deep insults. So, for us, it was like Luther bubbled out of us as someone that can say what everybody is thinking. So we know Barack Obama is thinking it as well. If Obama gets too angry or shows too much of his aggression, people are going to think he is just an angry Black man. I think we’re still living in that country.”
On the comedic influences of RICHARD PRYOR, DAVE CHAPELLE, MARTIN LAWRENCE, GEORGE CARLIN, BILL COSBY, and the recent tragedy of Bill Cosby: