Keegan-Michael Key returns as Key & Peele educator for Paramount+ commercial

One of the most popular sketches to originate from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s sketch comedy series Key & Peele was the substitute teacher sketch. Key played Mr. Garvey, a badly wounded inner-city teacher who had trouble pronouncing the names of his white, middle-class students, such as Aaron as AA Ron or Jacqueline as Jay-kwellin. Well, Key has reprized his role as the iconic substitute teacher in a new one commercial to the Paramount+ streaming service.

Sitting atop Paramount Mountain, Mr. Garvey goes through a roll call for a group of animated and human characters, such as Dora the Explorer, Bumblebee, Murf and more. The end of the commercial also includes a callback to the very first teacher change skit thanks to an appearance from Los Angeles Rams player Aaron Donald.

While talking to Weekly entertainment for an oral history of the sketch, Keegan-Michael Key said the concept immediately captured the interest of everyone in the writers’ room. “During the pitch meeting when the premise was announced, the entire writers’ room—it was like sharks in a frenzy after a buddy had been dumped in the water,Key said. “Everyone had an example of a name that they thought might work.” The sketch proved so popular that Paramount Pictures even started one substitute teacher filmbut it’s been a while since we last heard about it.

Keegan-Michael Key recently reunited with Jordan Peele for Wendell & Wild, a stop-motion animated film from The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick. The film follows two invading demon brothers (voiced by Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) who enlist the help of 13-year-old Kat Elliot (Lyric Ross) to summon them into the land of the living. Wendell & Wild is now streaming on Netflix and you can see a review from our own Cody Hamman right here.

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