Obama skits have helped duo raise their profile
Comedy Central’s hot sketch duo series “Key & Peele” has been renewed for a third season.Decision was expected as the pair have become viral hits as well as a ratings magnet for the Viacom cabler. The net ordered 13 episodes, with a debut date set for next fall. The pair’s skits that involve President Obama — including one that gives insight to Obama’s inner rage — have become wildly popular and raised the profile of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. “Since Obama won re-election, it only seems fair that we would give ‘Key and Peele’ another season,” said Kent Alterman, Comedy Central head of original programming and production. The second season is currently averaging 1.5 million viewers and is tops in its 10:30 p.m. Wednesday timeslot in the 18-34 men demo. Series launched in January to the biggest Comedy Central debut since 2009. Key, Peele, Ian Roberts, Jay Martel and Joel Zadak are exec producers.