Where to find Jordan Peele on streaming platforms in South Africa
The world sat up and took notice of the comedian, writer, actor, director and producer when he won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his 2017 directorial debut, Get Out. The movie may have left streaming platforms in South Africa, but there are plenty of other titles featuring Jordan Peele, whether it’s as an actor, voice artist, writer, director or executive producer – or, in some cases, all of the above – for you to stream.
Once you’ve relived some of his funniest moments in the video by WatchMojo, pick a few of these movies and series on streaming platforms in South Africa to add to your watchlist.
Lovecraft Country (Showmax)
Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his hometown of Chicago to look for his missing father. He’s joined by his uncle and his childhood friend, and together they face not only otherworldly horrors, but also the creeping tentacles of racism in the United States of the 1950s. Created by Jordan Peele, this was one of HBO’s most highly anticipated series of 2020. (Lovecraft Country will also be streaming on Showmax in September 2020.)
Us, 2019 (Netflix from 29 May 2021)
Peele voice acted in this critically acclaimed horror movie (see if you can recognise his voice as the Dying Rabbit and the Fun House Narrator), and he also wrote, produced and directed it. It stars Lupita Nyong’o and the Globe and Mail says, “Peele develops a genuinely thrilling, heart-in-the-throat-scary horror picture.”
Hunters (Amazon Prime Video)
As executive prducer, Peele was instrumental in getting this Al Pacino-led series made. It’s set in New York in the 1970s, following a band of Nazi hunters, and has been described as “audacious” and “ambitious”.
Unbelievably based on actual events, Blackkklansman is, as the opening titles tell us, “some fo’ real sh*t.” It tells the story of Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs’ first African-American detective, who attempts to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s … with the help of a Jewish stand-in. Peele produced this absolute gem of a film.
Big Mouth (Netflix)
Tell the truth: did you have any idea that the Ghost of Duke Ellington in this irreverent adult animation was voiced by Peele? (Don’t tell anyone – we didn’t, either.) He also does the voice of Freddie Mercury, and a few additional characters, too.
Of course Peele voices a character known as Second Fourth-Dimensional Being in this fan-favourite animated sci-fi comedy. Keep an ear out for his voice in Season 2, episode 1. All seasons of Rick and Morty are on Showmax.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix)
He plays Alan in three episodes of this star-studded spoof of the 80s classic movie Wet Hot American Summer. (Get more recommendations of shows set in the 80s here.)
This pop-culture send-up is known for the celebrities who have appeared in voice cameos, and Peele voices various characters in two of the series’s hilarious episodes. There are 10 seasons on Showmax, as well as express episodes of the Robot Chicken Specials, featuring the celebrity voices from the original shows and movies (think: Star Wars and The Walking Dead).
In the seventh episode of Season 5 of this long-running family comedy, Peele plays Derrick, the man that Jay is forced to work with at the school fair – minutes after they had a shouting match over a parking space. The first eight seasons of Modern Family are on Showmax.
You’ll remember from the first season of this clever dark comedy/crime series that Jordan Peele plays Special Agent Webb Pepper, alongside his longtime collaborator Keegan-Michael Key. The two FBI agents are hot on the tail of Billy Bob Thornton’s character, hitman Lorne Malvo. All three seasons of this crime caper are on Showmax, as is the Coen Brothers movie the show was based on.
Lorena (Amazon Prime Video)
Significantly less cheery than most of his other movies and shows, this documentary was executive produced by Peele, and follows the story of Lorena Bobbitt, who went to trial, in one of the most widely televised and infamous court cases of the 90s, for mutilating her abusive husband.
Comedy shorts (Amazon Prime Video)
Treat yourself to a bunch of Peele’s funniest improv moments and impressions, with a series of two-minute clips of him playing Barack in the nine-episode Obama Speaks With Jordan Peele, plus his appearance along Key in the JASH sketch series as one of the members of “Scottsdale’s premier wedding band, Absorption!”, and as “Drunk James Brown”.