In a world where Saturday Night Live just isn't what it used to be, it's nice to know that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, or Key And Peele for short, are around to generate laughs. Naturally, when a pair like these two become popular, Hollywood will come knocking for some of that fresh comic talent, and so far this partnership has put into play a future Judd Apatow film and a Police Academy reboot that the pair may or may not star in. Much like SNL though, one of their sketches looks like it's about to jump to the big screen.
While discussing the Police Academy project with Entertainment Weekly, Key mentioned that their latest foray into the world of the movies just might focus on Mr. Garvey, everyone's favorite substitute teacher/professional hardass.
"We’re in negotiations at Paramount to make a ‘Substitute Teacher’ movie. Two of our writers are penning it. Well, they’re not penning it as we speak — it’s getting there."
For those of you who are unfamilar with the "Substitute Teacher" sketch, you can watch where it all began in the video below.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are both talented comedians, and their staff of writers only further enrich their talents for satire and plain goofy humor. To see these two at the top of their game, untethered by network restraints and allowed to roam free in an R-rated environment would be terrifically funny. The only problem is, much like Saturday Night Live before them, this has the potential to turn into a monster no one ever expected. If you're doubting this could happen, all you need to do remember what has happened in the past when short bits get adapted into feature films.
Adapting a single sketch from a hit comedy show into a full length motion picture can go either way, and seen with extreme cases during the 1990s at Paramount. While Wayne's World cemented its iconic status as an SNL sketch movie above all other SNL sketch movies, the same couldn't be said for Superstar, Coneheads, A Night At The Roxbury, and The Ladies Man. (The less we say about Stuart Saves His Family and It's Pat: The Movie, the better). As history has shown us, just because it worked for five minutes on television, doesn't mean it needs an hour and a half is going to make it any more interesting. However, if there was anyone that could pull off such a feat, you could do a lot worse than Key And Peele.
Key And Peele: Season Four is currently airing on Comedy Central. Cross your fingers that if "Substitute Teacher" does well enough, we'll see The Adventures Of Luther And Barack in theaters shortly after that.