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Sketch Comedy Unleashed: Keegan-Michael Key's Success Story 

By: Aayush Sharma

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Keegan-Michael Key's New Book 

Keegan-Michael Key, a well-known figure in comedy, has co-authored a book titled "The History of Sketch Comedy" with his wife, Elle Key. The book explores the evolution of sketch comedy. 

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Elle's Persistent Idea 

Elle Key initially proposed the book idea almost eight years ago, but Keegan-Michael Key was initially hesitant.  

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From Podcast to Book 

The book project was inspired by a successful Audible podcast of the same name that they created in 2021. The podcast won recognition at the 2022 Webby Awards, which led to the idea of turning it into a book. 

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Parallel Structure 

The book closely mirrors the structure of the podcast, with ten chapters dedicated to different eras and aspects of sketch comedy. Keegan-Michael Key's comedic voice is a prominent feature of both formats. 

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Maintaining Podcast's Energy 

Elle Key, an experienced writer, worked hard to ensure that the book retained the energetic and engaging tone of the podcast, even as they adapted podcast scripts into readable chapters. 

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Rich Content and Interviews 

The book features excerpts from various sketch comedy shows, including iconic sketches from "Saturday Night Live" and interviews with sketch comedy legends. 

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Personal Touch 

An interesting aspect of the book is the inclusion of memoir segments that trace Keegan-Michael Key's life, adding a personal connection to the history of sketch comedy. 

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