Praise Touchdown Jesus!
The Key and Peele Super Bowl Special, which debuted Friday night on Comedy Central, had only 11 days to put together topical sketches around the NFL’s title contenders, the defending Seattle Seahawks and the challengers, the New England Patriots. And yet. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and company brought a vitality to their hourlong special that truly sets them apart as the best topical sketch comedy show on TV today.
Let’s start with the extra-special Pro Edition of the duo’s recurring East/West Bowl sketch, which makes fun of and heightens the idea of the odder names and faces playing football. They did that, and threw in some actual pro football players for good measure! “Is Ha-Ha Clinton Dix even real?” Yes. Yes he is. Snarf Mintz-Plasse is not real, but good golly this takes a real last name and the heroic character from “Too Many Cooks” and is cause for celebration. Five million YouTube views and counting already!
Also featured: “Ha-Ha” Clinton Dix, Leger Douzable, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Cornellius “Tank” Carradine for the East! And from the West: Prince Amukamara, Fozzy Whittaker, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Frostee Rucker, and A.A. Ron Rodgers. A.A. Ron. Love the callback to a classic Key character!
Key and Peele did make sure to include a few NFL sketches that didn’t rely on just the Seahawks and Patriots, either. Such as the recurring “Heard That!” premise allowing us to listen in to select football players on the field.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Squeeeeeeeeps is not so good at his job.
Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Donkey Teeth fills us in on what’s really going on when an injured player is down on the field.
Key and Peele even had a halftime show, starring Craig Robinson and his band, Nasty Delicious. Also, like the real Super Bowl, sponsored by Pepsi!
And then there were the multiple press conferences from the very verbose Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and his not-so-talkative teammate, “Beast Mode” running back Marshawn Lynch. Here, they’re offering their opinions on the Academy Award nominations.
A great way to get pumped for the actual Super Bowl without having to endure a lot of talking heads talking about nonsense.