I've seen the Key and Peele's sketch named 'Continental breakfast' a dozen times to say the least. It seems to me that they're focusing on how a man's fantasies can be over-enthusiastic at times. But I can't get a full interpretation of the sketch! But yet it's tantalising, as I can at least get the feel that something completely unorthodox is taking place (like most other K&P sketches!)

I've read some pages where people have commented that it's connected with the movie 'The Shining'. Now, it's embarrassing, but I actually haven't seen the movie. And hence am unable to perceive the theory.

Can someone give a short, self-explanatory jist so that I can understand what's happening?

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    Without spoiler I can tell you that the room 237 is a room in the movie "the shining" in which things happened (not in the book).
    – M.Polo
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 13:35
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    "Now, it's embarrassing, but I actually haven't seen the movie." I feel like, if you wanted to know the connection between the two, that would be the obvious place to start.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 13:38
  • @M.Polo Yeah, you can also give a full answer. I won't mind! Right now I'm giving home exams ;)
    – Brozovic
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 13:38
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    @M.Polo With "full answer" he probably meant an actual answer rather than just a longer comment. ;-)
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 14:34

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Here are the references that I found:

1. Room 237

When Jordan Peele's character walks into the hotel, the concierge tells him that he will be staying in room 237. This is a direct reference to the movie where room 237 plays a major role, all the bad stuff happens there.

2. The continental breakfast room

This looks like a reference to the ballroom scene from the movie. The main character enters the room from a door on the left of the screen and the first thing they do, is talk to the waiter. The positioning is the same:

I also think the music that starts playing when he enters this room is the same one that was playing in the movie.

3. The black and white picture

This one is obvious

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