Yeah, you forgot about sketch comedy, didn’t you? Because while the format was rinsed dry with the one-two punch of Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show, the US has been quietly getting really good at it. And the exemplars of the format are Key and Peele, returning for their fifth season on Comedy Central.
Key and Peele are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, two of the funniest men on the planet right now. Their sketch show is shot like a movie, slick in production to let the comedy come to the fore.
And what comedy: in the right wig and with a close shave, Peele can play anything from Valley Girl Meegan to President Obama; thin and lithe, Key excels at barely controlled rage, like a dad about to have a heart attack because you keep leaving the lights on.
Together they are a comedy superpower and, crucially, their sketch show is smart: each episode is intersected with the two of them, playing themselves, having a long conversation about random stuff.
Sketches often descend into farce – in one, Text Confusion, Key threatens Peele with a baseball bat for a perceived WhatsApp slight; in Meegan’s first sketch, her and her boyfriend fall dead in the desert after screaming their way out of a club.
And they are legit over in the US, too: their Obama’s Anger Translator character was played out earlier this year behind the real Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
You need to get to it quick too - Comedy Central have announced that they're not renewing the show after its current run, and there's only a liberal handful of episodes left.
Do yourself a favour: turn your phone off, get some pizza in, and jump down the Key and Peele rabbit hole for an hour. And put those Little Britain DVDs in the bin.