The “Key & Peele” sketch starts small

How to best end a comedy sketch? It’s hard to go wrong with gruesome death – Just two guys complaining about their wives, who are in another room, out of earshot.

One swears he said to his wife — who told him to be in the car by 6:45 when she didn’t even get out of the shower until 20 minutes after that — “I looked this woman in the eye, I said .?.?.”

His voice drops to a whisper as he says a word he never really called her, because no man in his right mind call his wife a — well, you know.

The guys relocate to the basement, as the other friend relates a my-wife-is-infuriating story that ends with: “I looked my woman in the EYE SOCKETS. I told my woman straight out. I said it! I said — ”

But the wives interrupt, so the men seek even more secluded locales: First a tree in the yard, then a field in the middle of nowhere. Finally, ridiculously, they’re in a rocket ship, and Peele’s character ejects himself into space. His voice echoes out into the ether — “I said biiiii .?.?.” — as he floats away to his certain death in the abyss.

“You’ll notice in ‘Key & Peele,’ one of the outs that continuously comes up is somebody either sacrificing their life or getting killed,” Jordan Peele said by phone, reflecting on the five seasons — that’s 298 sketches — he and co-creator Keegan-Michael Key wrote, produced and performed. (All of which are now available to watch for free on Comedy Central’s website.)

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