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  • The History of Sketch Comedy

  • A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor With Keegan-Michael Key
  • By: Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key
  • Narrated by: Keegan-Michael Key
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  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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From the beginning of time, there have been many monumental questions that have perplexed the human race such as: Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? And... Who’s on first? 

In The History of Sketch Comedy, Emmy and Peabody-winning actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, The Prom, Jingle Jangle) embarks listeners on an epic, insightful and utterly entertaining voyage through the annals of sketch comedy. Key takes us from the early flatulence jokes of Ancient Greece and the acting troupes of Europe in the 1500s, to the rise of The Second City in Chicago and his own comedy origins on the ball fields near Detroit’s 8 Mile. Equal parts masterclass, personal odyssey and virtuoso performance; Key’s The History of Sketch Comedy dissects the landmark characters, concepts and performers that pushed the boundaries and forged new ground in the comedy pantheon, and along the way reveals his own experiences of discovering and being influenced by them. 

Over the course of ten half-hour chapters, one of the most beloved voices of our time treats listeners to a private, millennia-spanning interpretation of sketch comedy history, from its humble past to its immodest present.

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Love, love, LOVE this book

Mr Key, I truly had a blast laughing along with you. Well told, enthralling story of one of my favourite genres. Thank you for making this book a pleasure to listen to.

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super fun

great listening easy and fun and great look into the history of sketch comedy yes

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this is the best

big fan of keegan-michael key. he made this the best experience you could hope for. even if you don't know who he is give it a try and see what im talking about. enjoy the ride!

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  • Haypressto
  • 30-01-2021

Acquired taste...unfortunately I didn't acquire it

Unimpressed by the trailer, but it does reflect the delivery
There has clearly been some research and thought put into the script of the actual series, but I really think that the delivery (for a UK audience at least) needed subtle understatement rather than the over-excitement of K-M Key

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  • Keithj
  • 07-02-2021

Dreadful

Categorically not worth downloading. I was bored witless by Key's prattling. I didn't last more than ten minutes into the first episode. I tried to give zero stars but was only allowed to give one, which does this garbage a significant favour.

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  • HH
  • 04-02-2021

Annoying narrator

Gave up after 10 mins of idiot squawking unfunny narrator. Might be great content, who knows?

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  • Noel Mullen
  • 31-01-2021

Wonderful

This is brilliant, listen to the first episode and you’ll be hooked. Thank you Keegan-Michael Key and Audible!

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  • Christopher
  • 02-02-2021

Nice to listen to someone who loves the subject

I have enjoyed this because it is well researched and Mr Key clearly enjoys his subject matter. If you are on the fence then the author/narrator's enthusiasm will carry it. It's always good to listen to something done with love of the subject matter. This shines through although I agree that its a bit American (with other reviewers). To my mind however this is a plus as with this hyper level of enthusiasm you could sell me piss as vinegar LOL.

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  • Natalie Burgess
  • 23-06-2021

Interesting history lesson but few laughs

I love comedy and enjoyed the history parts of this, especially the British episode.
However, whenever Key tried to be funny I felt like the only person laughing at his jokes was him. Maybe it's an American sense of humour that I do not get but he was totally over the top and loud. His recreations of some classic sketches made them unfunny and even made my favourite 'fork handles' sketch sound terrible.

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  • BeDeBe
  • 09-06-2021

it begins with E

How do you write about entertainment without entertainment? Here's how. Read on from E then nter ... etc

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  • Ford
  • 02-05-2021

Patchy at best

Some elements of this series were great Keegan-Michael Key is clearly passionate about the subject and I learned a lot. However - and this is a big however - this felt like too little butter spread across too much bread. When Key was really getting into the different kinds of sketch comedy it was great, there was flow and passion and humour, but when he was basically describing sketches it took all the humour straight out. I don't need yet another person repeating a Monty Python sketch to me. I kept on listening because the good bits were good, but I didn't finish because the bad bits were just uncomfortable.

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  • M. Brookes
  • 21-03-2021

Very shouty and not very funny

Occasion funny or interesting insights but overall disappointing didn't finish listened to 3 gave up.

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  • sean burn
  • 08-03-2021

Intersting subject, irritating performance.

The narrator is trying way to hard to be funny but it falls flat most of the time. The style of humour feels like he's trying to entertain a group of four year olds rather than adult readers. It's a shame because he clearly has a lot of passion for the subject matter and there is some genuinly interesting history being told here.

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