Key and Peele May Be Gone, But Its GIFs Will Live On
After five seasons, 53 episodes, and umpteen indelible characters, Key & Peele drove off of television and into sketch-comedy history. (And they did it with an immensely satisfying callback joke to boot.) Since the show’s 2012 premiere, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele—along with their director, Peter Atencio, who helped execute the show’s incredibly high-gloss vision—have consistently delivered a show that was at once satirical, poignant, and gleefully absurd. And through it all, it unwaveringly recognzied its characters’ humanity, whether clinically insane or unwittingly racist.
But rather than try to put together the five, or 10, or 25, or 100 (seriously, guys, 100?) sketches, we want to celebrate the show by giving you a small piece of its legacy—in the form of reaction GIFs. The show’s stars might have been genius comics, but they were also gifted actors, and their pitch-perfect moments of character clarity are the stuff of which animated nirvana is made. So whether you’re looking for MRWs, TFWs, or just ZOMG TGIFs, you’ll find what you need here. Save them and cherish them like Wendell’s many figurines.
Dance Like Everyone’s Watching
The Use Case: Making plans to hit the club? Recently vanquish a mortal enemy? Anything fits this slice of glory from the surprisingly dark “Aerobics Meltdown.”
“And I Was Like….”
The Use Case: Telling someone—anyone—about your latest triumph over antagonism. Preferably as far away from them as possible, though, a la the first sketch ever filmed for the show.
Cooler Than Lando in Cloud City
The Use Case: Celebrity impersonations were thick and fast on K&P—from Bobby McFerrin to Reginald VelJohnson to Mr. T to Ray Parker Jr.—but none gave you the 21st-century Fonzie treatment quite like Key’s Billy Dee Williams in the “Lando’s Fan” sketch.
Hold On to Your Butts!
The Use Case: President Obama and his anger translator Luther were one of the series’ iconic recurring bits, but it wasn’t until Luther popped up to help out the real Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year that we got the ideal GIF. Gotta break some big news on Congrats Twitter? Break this out first.
The Use Case: This one from Season Five’s “The Telemarketer” might be the most recent addition to the arsenal, but it transcends its sketch’s premise (a telemarketer who basically negs his way to success) to perfectly embody the feeling of getting any piece of momentous—or terrible—news.
The Use Case: Why overthink it? If something’s nooice, call it nooice!
The Use Case: The 2013 Halloween episode sketch “Continental Breakfast” remains one of the series’ most unexpected joys, but from its utter absurdity rises a moment perfect for reacting something truly impressive. Grab your fpoon and gobble this one up.
The Use Case: Shaboots Michaels and T-Ray Tombstone are the oddest sex instructors imaginable, but their inaugural sketch serves up a moment of complete and utter done-ness. Tired of a comment thread? Frustrated by a polluted timeline? Let ’em know.
The Use Case: It’s not a Key & Peele roundup without the cinephile valets, and while this one might not be about Liam Neesons, it’s still the best expression of unbridled enthusiasm you can find on these here internets.
That’s It, We’re Done Here
The Use Case: Straight Outta “Dubstep,” it’s feeling when your favorite sketch-comedy show goes off the air.