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'Key & Peele' writers reflect on exploring uncomfortable social dynamics through comedy




This undated image released by Comedy Central shows Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele from the sketch comedy series
This undated image released by Comedy Central shows Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele from the sketch comedy series "Key & Peele." As guys who both lay claim to biracial status, they share a state of informed in-betweenness that gives their comedy extraordinary insight. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Ian White)
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Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the key players of the Comedy Central sketch show bearing their names. It ends a five-season run, with the final episode airing Wednesday.

The show pokes fun at all sorts of topics, but it often hones in on race. That means Key and Peele doesn't always make for comfortable viewing. Sometimes it's not clear if you should laugh, or cringe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zDHSLDY0Q8

This year, the show is up for six Emmys, including Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Two of those writers, Ian Roberts and Jay Martel, joined host Alex Cohen to discuss how the sketches they write about race are a way to make light of a variety of social dynamics.

Press the play button above to hear the interview.