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The Hollywood Reporter Unveils Comedy Class of 2013

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    Comedy Issue
    "Key & Peele"
    Key & Peele
    Impersonators in Chief

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele struck gold during a tense election cycle with the cathartic "Obama's Anger Translator" -- with Peele as the famously aloof, no-drama president and Key as his angry alter ego, Luther. Peele, 34, whose impersonations range from Flavor Flav to Morgan Freeman, had perfected Obama by the time the duo's Comedy Central show, Key & Peele, debuted in January 2012.

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    "The challenge was, how do we allow the president to maintain who he is and still get the comedy across?" says Detroit native Key, 42. "If you take him out of character, no one buys it. Jordan has been working on his impression for quite some time, so all I had to do was channel my inner Detroit."

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