Jordan Peele on Dodging Certain Network Notes: "We Have This Wonderful Thing Called the Race Card"
"Any time you get a note you don't like you go, 'It's a black thing.' And that's the end of the conversation."
"They're not afraid of going for it,"said Jordan Peele, one half of comedy duo Key & Peele, to The Hollywood Reporter during the comedy actor roundtable, speaking about execs at his network, Comedy Central. The biggest note he gets from the bold network is, "What's relevant?"
"We're targeted at the kids, so we've got to write sketches about Drake. [Comedy Central] has allowed us to go places, they've even pushed us. We're very lucky to have found that home."
He and partner Keegan-Michael Key have found a way of dodging certain notes from the network, however. "We have this wonderful thing called the race card, that we can play at any point. Any time you get a note you don't like you go, 'It's a black thing.' And that's the end of the conversation."
Peele joined fellow comedians Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Ricky Gervais (Derek), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and Don Cheadle (House of Lies) for the roundtable, where they discussed how they developed their humor and how they use it today.
The full Comedy Actor Emmy Roundtable can be seen on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter when it premieres on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. ET/PT on SundanceTV and HollywoodReporter.com.
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