Key & Peele Lampoon Phish Fans on Finale: 'When Dudes Get Into Phish, They Don't Come Back'

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Trey Anastasio, Jonathan Fishman, and Mike Gordon of Phish perform during their sold-out three-night end to their 2015 Summer Tour at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sept. 4, 2015 in Commerce City, Colorado. 

This week, Key & Peele wrapped their five-year, 53-show run on Comedy Central. The comedy duo went out with a bang, poking fun at legendary jam band Phish saying that when dudes get into the band, "They don't come back."

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During the duo's final episode, the two are riding in a car in the desert discussing Phish. Jordan Peele says, "I have a friend who got into Phish." Keegan-Michael Key quickly responds, "Good band… good jam band." Peele continues, "But when dudes get into Phish, they don't come back." Key retorts, "They don't come back. I've been there. It's a bad drug."

Peele then mocks Phish fans for their set-list geekery, making up fake song names like "Weasel Face," "Bubble Trouble," "Sponge Head" and "Bobble Head." (The latter two are reasonably close to the Phish classic "Fluffhead.")

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Peele jokes, "Finally I was like, 'All right, I'll go, I'll go to this Phish show.' Cut to 20 minutes into the show and my friends [dancing] like, 'Oh, I'm getting my bobblehead!'"

Watch the hilarious Key & Peele sketch below:

While the comedy team is simply lampooning the band's fans, there are some truths to what they say. The lion's share of people who attend Phish shows get bitten by the bug and keep coming back for more. Phish heads will also gladly share their favorite versions of their favorite songs they caught live and go on endless diatribes about the concert. During a Phish concert, when the band plays a song fans have been waiting to hear live, you will likely hear something like: 'This is my first "Harpua" since 1996' or 'I've been chasing "McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters."'"

Meanwhile, Phish recently concluded what fans are calling their best summer tour. The outing wrapped Labor Day weekend in Denver, with the band playing a 30-minute-plus encore on Sept. 6 using the first letter of each song on the list to spell out "Thank You."

The band thanked fans by playing: "Tweezer Reprise," "Harpua," J.J. Cale's "After Midnight," "NO2," "Keyboard Army," "Your Pet Cat," Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime" and debuted a cover of the Brotherhood of Man song "United We Stand."

Phish will play three sold-out shows at the Barceló Maya resort in Mexico on Jan. 15-17, 2016.


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