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Today on Fresh Air Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele talk about a sketch that takes place on a slave auction block. They discuss how they took something unfunny and made it about something else:
Peele: [We had] the desire to use that powerful visual as a jumping off point, as something that is provocative and something that only Keegan and I could do. There was nobody else out there that could tackle this and create a sketch about an auction block. Now, I’m the kind of guy who, if somebody says, “There’s no way to make this funny,” I want to prove that wrong. I believe that with the right nuance, with the right touch, you can emphasize the funniness in anything. That’s just my comedy ideal.
… So how do you make this universally funny? How do you prove people wrong that this is not about laughing at slavery, this is not about laughing at the victims of slavery and what our ancestors had to go through? The answer to me was to make it about humanity, to make it about people, to make it about something universal, and also to point out the fact that Keegan and I, with this cushy life that we’ve grown up with in the late 20th century, we are not equipped for the physical and emotional fortitude to do what our ancestors did. For me, there’s a certain amount of respect that I felt like we were observing by putting ourselves in that situation, by not “slaving it up” with our dialect but just using the way we talk. Really, that was the project, if we were in that situation, our vanity would come into play.