Realistic, semi-realistic and entirely unrealistic candidates to reinvigorate 'SNL'
Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele
Look, no one wants “Key & Peele” to go away. It’s one of the best shows on Comedy Central, and a show that’s culturally important as it is fall-down funny. But these two, who have sketch-comedy roots going back to “MADtv” and beyond, deserve to have their unique sensibilities shared with a wider audience. The way in which these two deal with race and identity politics is miles beyond what “SNL” currently attempts. So what if “SNL” didn’t bring these two into the cast, but rather brought them into this sphere on a branded level? This elevates “SNL” beyond mere sketch sketch show to a curator of comedy. Such an arrangement would open the door for other acts to have a national platform without having to spend eight months of the year rehearsing in Studio 8H. The arrangement described here simply doesn’t exist within the current framework of “SNL”. But maybe it should.
Likelihood of full-time status: 5%
Likelihood of part-time status: 25%