has proved to be rich stomping ground when it comes to feature length projects. Between Saturday Night Live’s many contributions to the big screen and even Kroll Show’s recent foray into off-Broadway, there’s no limit to how comedians can develop these brief narratives into longer, fully realized features. Sketch comedy serves as a key comedic kernel for bigger ideas.
With a particular eye for racial disparities and contemporary issues, Key & Peele contributed more than its fair share of memorable characters and premises over the course of the show’s five seasons. Whether for the particularly nutty characters they imagined, or for their off-the-wall but simultaneously on-point scenarios, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele succeeded in producing lots of delightful nuggets that could fare well as films. Here are 10 sketches we wish were real movies.
10. Obama’s Anger Translator
No one ever captured Obama’s double consciousness quite like Key & Peele. Thanks to his anger translator Luther, the president was able to say what was really on his mind. It’s a partnership that primarily exists through presidential addresses, but one worth expanding upon, including how they first met, and how Luther began assisting Obama in “translating” his white political responses into black reality. Beyond that, Luther provides unique insight into the political arena, especially when other politicians like Hillary Clinton show up with their individual anger translators. It has all the makings of a political satire gone rogue.
9. Levi and Cedric
There have been so many curious characters to appear throughout Key & Peele, but perhaps none so strange as Levi and Cedric. Their friendship is one that seriously raises questions, like “How did they meet?” and “How long have they been friends?” and “Why?” Whether it’s Levi’s laidback approach to almost anything—from owning lightning in a bottle to training a rat to make him sandwiches—to Cedric’s overreaction to those very things, this is a friendship that would make for a crazy ass movie. Perhaps it wouldn’t do overtly well at the box office upon release, but it would be destined to live forever as a cult classic.
8. Alien Imposters
Considering the number of post-apocalyptic flicks that have come out in recent years, this sketch just naturally fits in with the current movie landscape. There’s the alien takeover, the race to reach safety and the attempt to form a band of survivors along the way, for starters. But underneath that core foundation exists sharp and important racial commentary that would set this movie apart. In the way that Dear White People acerbically commented on race within the college landscape, “Alien Imposters” could be the jumping off point for exploring—and exploding—all the racial stereotypes that exist onscreen and in the real world.
7. Dungeons and Dragons and Bitches
If Community could build an entire episode around characters playing Dungeons and Dragons then perhaps there’s room to expand Key and Peele’s “Dungeons and Dragons and Bitches” to the big screen. At the heart of the sketch exists a curious and tension-filled relationship between cousins that seems ripe for a longer comedy turn. Then, of course, building in the pair’s D&D quests could serve as the added cherry on top. Who wouldn’t want to watch “Kanye” (who is “a giant, yo”) on a quest to “get some bitches,” or order Alizé at the local tavern?
6. Valet Guys
Whether discussing Anne Hathaway, Batman or even “racist ass Melly Gibsons,” the Valet Guys were everybody’s favorite pop culture enthusiasts. Their physically large and vocally loud recaps became a staple of the series. It might be hard to draw out these two hyperbolic characters into 90+ minutes, but we think Key and Peele could do it. Between the Valet Guys’ unique way of pluralizing people’s names, and their sheer excitement over things like the Game of Thrones premiere, there are all sorts of ways to flesh out each character and create laugh-worthy backstory.