DCNF: Key & Peele Set Comedy Web Series with Maker Studios
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have sold a show to Maker Studios. The duo, behind the Peabody Award-winning sketch comedy series “Key & Peele,” in partnership with Principato-Young Entertainment, will produce “Ithamar Has Nothing to Say.”
The comedy series stars Ithamar Enriquez (“The League,” “The Office”) as Ithamar, a traveler who explores and examines different aspects of American culture, without saying a word. Each episode will feature the character interacting with a different aspect of American, such as him attempting to fit in at a hipster coffee shop, or using his body to “feel” jazz music.
Key and Peele will also show up during the season, which runs for six, 5-8 minute episodes. The comedy duo will play Hollywood executives that Ithamar pitches a movie to.
“We like to describe it as ‘Mr. Bean meets Louie meets Walter Mitty’,” said Corey Moss, SVP of digital and production at Principato-Young Entertainment. “We actually sold the show by having Ithamar perform part of his show in the room.”
“Ithamar Has Nothing to Say” is produced by Principato-Young, alongside Key, Peele, Enriquez, and Frank Caeti. The show is expected to be showcased during Maker Studios’ first-ever Newfront presentation, which will be held in New York City on May 6.
This isn’t the first collaboration between Key and Peele and Maker Studios. The comedy gurus have twiced appeared in “Epic Rap Battles of History,” one of the biggest channels within the Maker network. Overall, Maker Studios has a YouTube audience of more than 380 million subscribers across 50,000+ channels.
As a matter of fact, Key and Peele’s connection to Maker goes back to their days on the now-defunct sketch comedy series “Mad TV,” which also starred Maker Studios co-founder Lisa Donovan.
Header image: Lorenzo Hodges via IthamarEnriquez.comTags: Corey Moss, DCNF, DCNF 2014, Ithamar Enriquez, Key & Peele, maker studios, newfronts, Principato-Young Entertainment