History Of Sketch Comedy : A Journey Through The Art And Craft Of Humor by Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key
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Authors Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key take their award-winning podcast to new heights in their book, The History of Sketch Comedy. This insightful journey is a treat for comedy enthusiasts, offering fresh essays from comedy legends. The book appeals to fans of Keegan-Michael Key, whether they know him from his Emmy-winning roles or his work as President Obama’s anger translator.
Diving into the world of sketch comedy, the Keys explore its evolution from the stock characters of commedia dell’arte in the 16th century to the rise of vaudeville and burlesque. They also delve into the golden age of television comedy and the impact of famous comedy schools. From there, they explore the rise of comedy films and TV specials, leading up to the future of sketch on social media platforms. Along the way, readers will be treated to personal stories and reflections from Keegan’s own childhood and career path.
The New York Times describes the book as a blend of memoir and masterclass, with Keegan sharing his comedy journey and the influence of his comedic heroes. The text is complemented by original artwork by Elle Key and exclusive essays from influential performers, sketch writers, and comedy fans. Some notable contributors include Mel Brooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, and Jim Carrey. This engaging book is not only entertaining but also contains valuable insights for aspiring comedians.
Expanding on the success of the podcast, The History of Sketch Comedy features new stories and essays that will captivate both newcomers and dedicated listeners. As a comedic authority, Keegan-Michael Key’s expertise and love for the medium shine through in every chapter. Additionally, the book offers exclusive interviews with over a dozen comedy legends, providing their unique perspectives on various comedy topics.
With its original illustrations and personal photographs, The History of Sketch Comedy makes for a visually engaging read. It’s the perfect gift for comedy lovers of all ages and anyone aspiring to be part of the comedic world. Whether you’re a fan of Key & Peele, SNL, or Monty Python, this book is a must-have addition to your collection.
“The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through Humor”
The non-stop focus on millionaire supporters poses significant challenges for our democracy, and that is why it is necessary to address pressing issues such as climate change. In a recent interview, award-winning director, writer, and producer Elke and her husband Keegan Michael Key discussed their new book, “The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor”. The book explores the influence of sketch comedy on their careers and highlights the sketches and performers that inspired them. Key emphasizes the importance of diversity in sketch comedy and mentions shows like “The Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Astronomy Club” as examples of increased representation in the genre. The authors also discuss their collaborative process and the enduring appeal of well-crafted comedy.