Key and Peele’s 10 Most Physical Performances

Key and Peele turn it up on "Aerobics Meltdown"

We’ll go ahead and say it: Key and Peele changed the comedy game.

Over the past five seasons of their Comedy Central show, Keegan-Michael Key (the tall one) and Jordan Peele (the not-quite-as-tall one) have honed their early style of raucous one-upmanship (see: “Dueling Hats”) into a singular brand of comedy that is socially prescient as it is side-splitting. 

Of course, their contemporary Comedy Central superstars—Amy Schumer, Jon Oliver, and Jon Stewart come to mind—have achieved just as much renown for their cutting satire as for the laughs they get. But whereas the rest of the pack typically stays pretty cerebral, Key and Peele aren’t afraid to toss some old-fashioned slapstick into their routines as well. Brawn and brains, so to speak. Football, jazzercise, actual slapping—they’re the multi-sport athletes of the comedy world.

So as Key & Peele wrap their show for good after the current season, we’re celebrating their most sweat-inducing performances from some of their funniest sketches.

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“Aerobics Meltdown”

Say what you will about jazzercise, it can’t be easy to crank out leg lifts for that long.

“Pre-Game Pump-Up”

Well, that escalates quickly.

(Notable: Jammie Jammie-Jammie, from the second iteration of the East/West College Bowl, makes his reprise before meeting his demise.)

The Valets

The valet skits are always physical—Key skipping across the screen is the best—but this one had to be exhausting. (“What about Non Stop, though?!”)

“Michael Jackson”

We’re wondering if Key rehearsed this, or if it was on the spot. Either way, that vinyl jumpsuit had to get awfully sweaty.

“LMFAO’s Non-Stop Party”

Two straight days of dancing burns a lot of calories.

Fútbol Flop

Now that is professional-grade acting, you guys.

East/West College Bowl

An indisputable classic. (Seriously, just watch the way Key says “Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar.”)

“McCringleberry’s Excessive Celebration”

Remember: Dancing burns calories.

“Fronthand Backhand”

Who says you can’t win?

“Substitute Teacher”

Mr. Garvey never breaks his foot off in anybody’s ass, but that clipboard takes a beating.