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At the risk of sounding highfalutin about a show whose main purpose is to make you laugh, there are repeating themes here that have to do with false fronts, with language as a weapon or a shield, and with the way people are trapped inside behaviors they think the culture demands. Given their mixed background, Key says, “We find ourselves particularly adept at lying, because on a daily basis we have to adjust our blackness.” (“You never want to be the whitest sounding black guy in a room,” adds Peele.)

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