Comedy Central has a ratings goldmine in comic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of the sketch comedy show Key & Peele, and they’re looking to further capitalize on this with development of an animated series based on two of the team’s popular characters.
In October, it was announced that Season 4 of the highly popular show was ordered to the tune of 22 episodes, the largest since the first season in 2012, and that’s expected to hit the airwaves at some point during the third or fourth quarter of this year. The comedians and Comedy Central will apparently be spending their time before then developing their animated offering with the help of executive producer Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris), Key & Peele collaborator Joel Zadak, Allen Fischer (Wonderland), and Brian Dobbins.
The animated series will focus on the characters Vandaveon and Mike, stars of “Critiquer’s Corner,” the YouTube counterpart to each episode where they break down Key & Peele, offering hilariously awful, generally inappropriate advice on various show improvements. But in this show, Van and Mike will be 12-year-old children working as middle-school hall monitors. Check out a little taste of the characters below to get a basic idea of what to expect. There’s blue language, so put on those headphones if you’re not in the best place to broadcast genital talk.
So yeah, animated dick jokes aplenty. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Season 3 of Key & Peele swung an average of 2 million viewers a week, ranked first amongst men 18-34 during its Wednesday night time slot, and pulls in some of the biggest views for Comedy Central’s YouTube Channel, which also features clips from Kroll Show, Workaholics, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and more. The duo both cut their comedic teeth as members of the Second City improv troupe — Peele with the Chicago chapter, Key a member in Detroit. Prior to their current Comedy Central gig, both comedians were best known for their roles as members of the Fox sketch comedy show MADtv, the tenacious answer to NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which aired from 1995 to 2009 — Peele joined the cast in 2003, with Key coming aboard a year later.
Key and Peele are also due to pair in a four episode arc in FX’s series adaptation of the Coen Brothers film Fargo, which premieres April 15th. They will be portraying FBI partners who have an unpleasant run-in with series focus Lorne Malvo, played by Billy Bob Thornton.