Key and Peele on Politics, Comedy, and President Obama's Endorsement

Friday, October 26, 2012

When it comes to presidential politics, the campaign season is often the comedy gift that keeps on giving. From The Daily Show to The Colbert Report to Saturday Night Live, the election season provides no shortage of material. But this year, only one show has actually received a presidential endorsement.

President Barack Obama appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last April. Fallon asked the president about his favorite comedians and television shows, and the president replied, "There is [a video] that my staff showed me recently by these guys Key and Peele on Comedy Central," the president explained with a smile. "They’ve got a guy who imitates me pretty well, and the premise is that I’m sitting in the Oval Office and he’s got an anger translator named Luther. So, I’ll make my little speech and Luther’ll come on and say — well, I can’t actually repeat what he says, but it’s pretty good stuff."

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele  are the comedians behind Key & Peele on Comedy Central. Like the president, both Keegan and Jordan are biracial, which Keegan believes helps him as an actor. "You end up being able to be really varied different characters, because you end up doing that in your life, anyway, for survival, when you're a biracial person… Code switching is part of me and Jordan's life."

Guests:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

Produced by:

Jay Cowit and Jillian Weinberger

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