Comedy fans received some bad news last month when Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, the duo behind the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” announced that the current fifth season of the popular sketch show would be their last. Viewers may be losing one of the funniest shows on television, but if it is any consolation, longtime “Key & Peele” director Peter Atencio promises that the big finale, which airs later this year, will pull out all of the stops.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Atencio says the finale will be full of skits the show shied away from attempting earlier in the series.
“Basically every sketch that I said no to for the first four seasons that I was like, ‘This is unproducible,’ or we just didn’t have the resources for; Everything that I had been pushing down, saying, ‘We'll get to that one’ – all those bets were called in,” said Atencio. “It was like, ‘OK, you've said we can only do this when there's no more sketches left to be done so now we got to do it.’”
According to the director, the episode will be a fitting, if strange, end to the series.
“I will be interested to see what people think of that last episode because it has some of our weirdest [content],” said Atencio. “Ultimately, we just really enjoy stuff that we felt like we hadn't seen before and stuff that nobody else is really doing. That episode contains some of our more bizarre, more personal sketches in that realm of, we don't think anybody but ‘Key & Peele’ is doing things like this. And then it also has stuff that we've never done on the show, like we have bloopers for the first time and we have an ending to the ‘Driving through the Desert’ portion of the show. So we tried to make that a wrap-up thematically for the show.”
"Driving through the Desert" refers to the "True Detective"-inspired sketch series "Key & Peele" has been using all season to frame its other weekly sketches. The gag features Key and Peele driving through the desert aimlessly while having seemingly random, intense discussions as they head towards an unknown location. Apparently, the finale will reveal where the pair has been headed all this time.
At the end of this season you will find out where we are driving to.__
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) August 6, 2015
One thing seems certain – “Key & Peele” is going out on top of its game. Recently, the show gained significant attention for a skit mocking a “Sportscenter” broadcast, called “TeachingCenter,” in which educators, not athletes were the subjects of big contracts and fan adoration. The skit, which aired on July 29, featured a calculus teacher being selected first overall in the “Teacher Draft” and earning a multi-million dollar contract.
Watch “TeachingCenter” from “Key & Peele” below:
Luckily, there are still a few more episodes before viewers have to say goodbye during the big finale. “Key & Peele” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central. Fans will not want to miss the show’s final run. Just ask Peele!
Don't miss the last 8 episodes!
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 25, 2015