Small world. Just after his time with MADtv; Jordan Peele found himself writing the comedy vision of Kanye West for the unaired series, Alligator Boots in 2007. The series which was intended to use puppets never saw the light of day but if it did would we still have gotten Get Out? Thanks to a new feature from Wired, we are now learning more about the series that almost happened.
Yes—this was a real show. But it never made it past its pilot, as the show, which was produced for Comedy Central, was sadly canceled after the filming of that initial episode. The show, which yielded the first meeting between Kim and Kanye, has become a legend of sorts. Fortunately, Wired has hooked us up with an oral history of Alligator Boots. The oral history features writers, puppeteers, and others who were involved in the show, including writer Jordan Peele of Key & Peele fame. “It came at this very key moment in my career, when MadTV had ended and I had just started to think about what was next for me after sketch comedy,” Peele recalled. “And with the people involved, I really do think it could have been a very cool show.” There are also details of a “surreal” sketch Peele wrote for Alligator Boots that parodied the “I Have a Dream” speech from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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