If you've been watching Key & Peele, you know the show often touches on the subject of race. One of the things that gives Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele a unique viewpoint on race is the fact that they are both biracial.
They talked to CNN.com about growing up and how it affected their comedy.
"For me it was very hard and rough. When you're a child, the most important thing is to be able to live a life of comfort. You want to be sure that the moon goes up at night and the sun comes up in the morning and dad comes home from work. At school it was not comfortable," Key remembers. "My mom would come by my school to bring me lunch – my mom is a cute, ruddy little white woman, and there's no category for that – the kids don't know how to respond, and so they tease: 'That ain't your mama!' 'Why you talk white?' It's not to say that every child in grade school talked to me that way, but that's what I remember.”
Jordan Peele relates with his own issues about race.
"Growing up, until really last year, I don't know that I would have readily brought up my white mother to anyone," Peele said. "It was not something I'm embarrassed by, but to announce that was synonymous to some black people to saying, 'I think I'm better than you.' This whole thing has felt almost like a coming out as biracial – saying this is a thing, we exist, and this is a future."