After last night’s brilliant skewering of 12 Angry Men on Inside Amy Schumer (which, seriously, talk about dedicating yourself to a bit!), here’s another piece of evidence that we’re living in the Golden Age of Sketch: “Negrotown,” a musical tribute (of sorts) by Comedy Central’s Key & Peele.
“Negrotown…what, like Atlanta?” asks the suspicious Keegan Michael Key, the Dorothy (of sorts) who finds himself in a miraculous alternate universe–a “utopia for black people”— after a late night arrest goes awry.
“Almost!” responds Jordan Peele. “Now be quiet while I sing!” The song in question describes a world where “you can walk the street without getting stopped, harassed or beat.” Taxis always stop, we are told, and loan applications don’t get turned down. And everything is technicolor and choreographed, obviously.
But everything is not what it seems in Negrotown. Watch this piece of brilliance below.
Sadly, Key & Peele is not actually on TV again until July 8th, but in the interim, how about re-reading Zadie Smith’s brilliant profile of the comedic duo in The New Yorker?