Keegan-Michael Key Breaks Down the Art of Sketch Comedy in New Book

Keegan-Michael Key is a master of sketch comedy. He’s one of the most creative and hilarious performers working today, and his work on shows like “Key & Peele” has helped to change the landscape of television comedy.

Now, Key is sharing his insights on the art of sketch comedy in his new book, “The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey through the Art and Craft of Humor.” In the book, Key traces the history of sketch comedy from its early days on vaudeville stages to its current form on television and online. He also interviews some of the biggest names in sketch comedy, including Lorne Michaels, Carol Burnett, and Mike Myers.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Key said that he wrote the book because he wanted to give people a better understanding of the art form.

“I think people don’t always realize how much work goes into creating a good sketch,” Key said. “It’s not just about being funny. It’s about finding the right characters, the right premise, and the right timing. It’s a real craft.”

Key’s book is a must-read for anyone who loves sketch comedy. It’s a funny, insightful, and informative look at the history and art of this beloved form of comedy.

Key’s Top 10 Tips for Writing Sketch Comedy

  1. Find your voice. What is your unique comedic perspective? What makes your sketches different from everyone else’s?
  2. Keep it short and sweet. Most sketches should be no longer than two minutes long.
  3. Have a strong premise. What is the point of your sketch? What are you trying to say?
  4. Develop your characters. Your characters should be believable and relatable.
  5. Use conflict. Conflict is the engine of comedy.
  6. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try different things and see what works.
  7. Get feedback. Show your sketches to other people and get their feedback.
  8. Be persistent. It takes time to write good sketches. Don’t give up.
  9. Have fun! Sketch comedy should be fun.

Key’s Influences

Key said that he was influenced by a wide range of comedians, including Monty Python, Carol Burnett, and Richard Pryor.

“I grew up watching these comedians,” Key said. “They taught me the power of comedy to make people laugh and think. They also taught me the importance of being fearless and original.”

Key’s Legacy

Key is a true innovator in the world of sketch comedy. He has pushed the boundaries of the form and helped to make it more relevant to a new generation of viewers.

“Keegan-Michael Key is one of the most important sketch comedians of his generation,” said Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live.” “He’s a brilliant writer, performer, and innovator. He’s also a great guy.”

Key’s book is a fitting tribute to his incredible career. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves sketch comedy.

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