Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, known as the comedy duo Key & Peele, are about to expand their moment in the sun into theaters. Their hit sketch comedy series on Comedy Central will begin its fifth season later this year, and now one of their biggest sketches, Substitute Teacher, is getting a film adaptation.
The sketches feature an overly intense, inner city teacher and his dealings as a substitute at a predominantly white, suburban high school. Keele will reprise his role as the sub, Mr. Garvey, and Key will play a rival teacher. The film will be written by Alex Rubens (Key & Peele, Community) and veteran comedy writer Rich Talarico, who co-produces the TV show with Rubens but has also written for Saturday Night Live, MADtv, Frank TV, and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.
The producers are hoping to capitalize on the viral buzz surrounding the reoccurring sketch, which has racked up north of 72 million views on YouTube.