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Keegan-Michael Key

Biography

Popular MADtv cast member and something fifty percent of the sketch comedy duo Essential & Peele, whose Comedy Central sketch show premiered in 2011. In 2013, he made an appearance in the movies Hell Baby and Afternoon Pleasure and in 2015, he made an appearance within the film Tomorrowland and voiced the type Murray within the cartoon feature Resort Transylvania 2. He went to The College or university of Detroit Mercy, where he was a sibling of Phi Kappa Theta. He later on became a member of the cast of MADtv midway into its ninth time of year, playing characters just like the super-aggressive Mentor Hines, and Eugene Struthers, the irritating delivery guy who buttonholed superstars. He and Jordan Peele had been photographed dramatizing other ways ‘to live saintly’ for the brand new York Times journal content entitled “The Saintly Methods to Succeed.” He was created in Southfield, Michigan, to some mixed-race family members, and elevated in close by Detroit. In 2016, he submitted for divorce from his wife of 17 years, Cynthia Blaise. He impersonated on MADtv not merely male celebrities, but additionally females types, like Rihanna, Eva Longoria, among others.

Quick Facts


Full Name Keegan-Michael Key
Date Of Birth March 22, 1971
Place Of Birth Southfield, MI
Height 1.85 m
Profession Comedian
Education Shrine Catholic High School, University of Detroit Mercy, Pennsylvania State University
Nationality American
Parents Michael Key, Carrie Herr, Patricia Walsh
Siblings Dwayne McDuffie
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing - Variety Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, WGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series - Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Young Hollywood Award for Best Bromance, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series
Movies Keanu, Don't Think Twice, Storks, The Angry Birds Movie, Tomorrowland, Why Him?, Hotel Transylvania 2, Teacher of the Year, Let's Be Cops, Hell Baby, Freaks of Nature, Just Go With It, Vacation, Horrible Bosses 2, Wanderlust, Afternoon Delight, Role Models, Welcome To Happiness, Mr. 3000, Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, Due Date, The Predator, Win It All, The Star, Alleyball
TV Shows Key & Peele, Gary Unmarried, Mad TV, The Planet's Funniest Animals, Playing House, SuperMansion, Friends from College
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Played "Luther" President Obama's angry translator at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
2He and comedy partner Jordan Peele made cameos as 'gangstas' in the music video for 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "White & Nerdy".
3Along with Jordan Peele, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014].
4Both he and partner Jordan Peele were dramatically featured in a series of comic-photo examples of fictional employees demonstrating "The Saintly Way to Succeed" in a cover story and lengthy article with that title in the March 31, 2013 issue of The New York Magazine.
5His birth father is African-American and his birth mother is Caucasian. He was adopted as a child. His adopted parents are also African-American and Caucasian.
6A longtime veteran of the Second City comedy troupe, first in his native Detroit and then in the venerated halls of Second City Chicago.
7He is a graduate of the University of Detroit - Mercy (undergraduate) and earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre.
8He was nominated for a 2004 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical for "The Second City's Romeo & Juliet Musical" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
9He was nominated for a 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Pants on Fire" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10He was awarded the 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Curious George Goes to War" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
11He was awarded the 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Holy War, Batman! or the Yellow Cab of Courage" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
12Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, MI.
13Co-founder of the Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck, Michigan, with Ryan Carlson, Margaret Exner, Joshua Funk, Nancy Hayden, and Mikey Brown.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Predator2018filming
The Star2017/IIannounced voice
Win It All2017completed
Friends from College2017TV Series pre-production
SuperMansion2015-2017TV SeriesAmerican Ranger
Son of Zorn2017TV SeriesGrobos the Great
The Simpsons2017TV SeriesJazzy James
Detroiters2017TV SeriesSmilin Jack
Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby2016Video shortAlpha (voice)
Why Him?2016Gustav
Bad Guys2016TV SeriesMantis Commander
Storks2016Alpha Wolf (voice)
Celebrity Conversations2016TV Series
Mack & Moxy2016TV SeriesAdmirable Keegan
Archer2016TV SeriesRim Shot / Detective Rimshot / Detective
American Dad!2016TV SeriesE-Money
Bob's Burgers2014-2016TV SeriesCory / Bartender / Darnell / ...
House of Lies2016TV SeriesDevin
Angry Birds2016Judge Peckinpah (voice)
Robot Chicken2014-2016TV SeriesShredder Dr. Hannibal Lecter Maximus Decimus Meridius ...
Don't Think Twice2016Jack
Keanu2016Clarence Goobril / Smoke Dresden
The Muppets.2016TV SeriesKeegan-Michael Key
Angie Tribeca2016TV SeriesHelmut FröntBüt
Modern Family2016TV SeriesTom Delaney
W/ Bob and David2015TV SeriesCop #1
Everyone's Crazy But Us2015TV SeriesJoziah's Dad
Freaks of Nature2015Mr. Keller
TripTank2015TV SeriesKing Lhoga
The Hotwives of Las Vegas2015TV SeriesAce
Hotel Transylvania 22015Murray (voice)
Key and Peele2012-2015TV SeriesVarious Characters / Himself / Scat Man #1 / ...
Playing House2014-2015TV SeriesMark Rodriguez
Ithamar Has Nothing to Say2015TV SeriesStudio Executive
Vacation2015/IJack Peterson
Rick and Morty2015TV SeriesFourth-Dimensional Being
BoJack Horseman2014-2015TV SeriesSebastian St. Clair
Tomorrowland2015Hugo
Welcome to Happiness2015Proctor
2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner2015TV MovieLuther
Pitch Perfect 22015Beca's Boss
Childrens Hospital2010-2015TV SeriesCaptain Tripper / Cop
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2015TV SeriesGrant Anderson
Parks and Recreation2014-2015TV SeriesJoe
Horrible Bosses 22014Mike
Let's Be Cops2014Pupa
Fargo2014TV SeriesFBI Agent Pepper FBI Agent Budge
Teacher of the Year2014Ronald Douche
The Middle2014TV SeriesReverend Deveaux
The LEGO Movie2014Foreman Jim (voice)
Super Fun Night2013TV SeriesSlade
Epic Rap Battles of History2013TV Series shortMichael Jordan Gandhi
Übermansion2013TV MovieSgt. Agony
How I Met Your Mother2013TV SeriesCalvin
Afternoon Delight2013Bo
Hell Baby2013F'resnel
Wanderlust2012Marcy’s Flunkie
The League2011TV SeriesCarmenjello
Wilfred2011TV SeriesDick Barbian
CollegeHumor Originals2011TV SeriesFalcon
Love Bites2011TV SeriesDrew
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star2011Guinness Man (as Keegan Michael Key)
A Series of Unfortunate People2011TV SeriesTed
Just Go with It2011Ernesto (as Keegan Michael Key)
Due Date2010New Father
Welcome to the Jungle Gym2010ShortMike McKenzie
Gary Unmarried2009-2010TV SeriesCurtis
Sons of Tucson2010TV SeriesEric
Reno 911!2008-2009TV SeriesTheoretical Criminal Blu-Ray Thief Cow Man
MADtv2004-2009TV SeriesVarious / Coach Hines / Barack Obama / ...
Chocolate News2008TV SeriesWoodsy
Larry of Arabia2008ShortDwayne
Role Models2008Duane
Yoga Matt2008ShortMatt
Gaytown2008TV Series
Frangela2007TV MovieDeShawn
Sucker for Shelley2007ShortMichael
Al TV2006TV Movie segment "White & Nerdy"
Grounds Zero2006ShortArch
Alleyball2006Curt Braunschweib
Mr 30002004Reporter
I'm with Her2004TV SeriesOrderly
Uncle Nino2003Stranger in Airport
ER2001TV SeriesWitkowski
Garage: A Rock Saga2000TV Studio Manager
Get the Hell Out of Hamtown1999J
The Planet's Funniest Animals1999TV SeriesHost (2005-present)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Key and PeeleTV Series 17 episodes, 2012 - 2013 creator - 37 episodes, 2012 - 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Rubberhead2014TV Movie segment "Absorption"
Epic Rap Battles of History2013TV Series short written by - 1 episode
MADtv2004-2005TV Series writer - 22 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Academyexecutive producer announced
Keanu2016producer
Key and Peele2012-2015TV Series executive producer - 47 episodes
Ithamar Has Nothing to Say2015TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons2017TV Series performer - 1 episode
MADtv2006TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Allee Willis Loves DetroitDocumentary filmingHimself
Garbage Time with Katie Nolan2017TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Eisen Show2017TV SeriesHimself
Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner2017TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2013-2017TV SeriesHimself / Luther
Made in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Special Look2016TV SeriesHimself
Harry2016TV SeriesHimself
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Conan2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2016TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Ripple of Hope Awards2016VideoHimself
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
Larry King Now2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Off Camera with Sam Jones2016TV SeriesHimself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
The View2016TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Temple Talk2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Icon Awards 20162016TV MovieHimself - Comedy Duo Icon Award Honoree
2016 MTV Movie Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Virtual Performance
The 47th NAACP Image Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Presenter
E! Live from the Red Carpet2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
W/ Bob and David2015TV SeriesHerself - Performer
IMDb on the Scene2015TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Presenter: Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV SeriesHimself
What Are You?2015Documentary shortHimself
The Planet's Funniest Animals2008-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
No, You Shut Up!2015TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHimself - Restaurant Patron
Talking Dead2013-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special2014TV Special
Rubberhead2014TV MovieHimself (segment "Absorption")
Late Show with David Letterman2014TV SeriesHimself - Key and Peele
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Ernst & Young Accountants (as Key)
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special / Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming / Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) / ...
That's My Entertainment Comic Con Special2014TV MovieHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20142014TV SpecialHimself
American Comedy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Inside Comedy2014TV SeriesHimself
Key and Peele2013TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Mythical Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hardball with Chris Matthews2012TV SeriesHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Tosh.02012TV SeriesHimself
CC: Stand-Up - The Bonnaroo Experience2012TV MovieHimself
The Playboy Morning Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Good Eats2010TV Series documentaryRobert E. Lee
House Arrest with Andy Dick2009TV SeriesHimself
GSN Live2009TV SeriesHimself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2008TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2006TV SeriesHimself
Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett2005TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesGangsta in Convertible

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Sketch SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Peter Principato (executive producer)
· Paul Young (executive producer)
· Joel Zadak (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (co-executive producer)
· Linda Morel (produced by)
2014Festival AwardChicago Comedy Film FestivalBest ActorTeacher of the Year (2014)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesKey and Peele (2012)
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jay Martel
· Alex Rubens
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Colton Dunn
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Ian Roberts
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
· Jordan Peele
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Character Voice-Over PerformanceSuperMansion (2015)
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesPlaying House (2014)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Comedy SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jordan Peele
· Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Male Performance in a Variety ProgramKey and Peele (2012)
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Voice-Over Performance in a Animated ProgramSuperMansion (2015)
2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jordan Peele
2016Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedyKeanu (2016)
2016WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy/Variety - Sketch SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Colton Dunn
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Jay Martel
· Jordan Peele
· Ian Roberts
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesKey and Peele (2012)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety SpecialSuper Bowl Special (2015)· Brendan Hunt
· Jordan Peele
· Rich Talarico
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Jordan Peele
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
· Phil Augusta Jackson
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety Sketch SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Joel Zadak (executive producer)
· Peter Principato (executive producer)
· Paul Young (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (co-executive producer)
· Linda Morel (produced by)
· Keith Raskin (consulting producer)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment ProgramKey and Peele (2012)· Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Matt Enlow (producer)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesKey and Peele (2012)
2015Entertainer of the Year AwardImage Awards
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jay Martel (writer)
· Ian Roberts (writer)
· Jordan Peele (writer)
· Alex Rubens (writer)
· Rebecca Drysdale (writer)
· Colton Dunn (writer)
· Rich Talarico (writer)
· Charlie Sanders (writer)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Male Performance in a Fiction ProgramKey and Peele (2012)
2014Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBest Bromance· Jordan Peele
2013WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAComedy/Variety (Including Talk) - SeriesKey and Peele (2012)· Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Jordan Peele
· Sean Conroy
· Colton Dunn
· Charlie Sanders
· Alex Rubens
· Rebecca Drysdale


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#Quote
1In regard to our show(Key and Peele), some people ask me sometimes ''What is the greatest thing that can happen to your show?'' I said the greatest thing that can happen to my show, is that a kid watches something on whatever the equivalent of YouTube is 75 years from now and goes ''Why is this funny? I don't understand this.'' (Meaning that hopefully Americans will have solved the racism issues in the near future and thus kids won't understand the shows humor on racism issues.)
2I was a special-needs child. It was like, 'Here's a kid with no arm. Here's a blind kid. Here is a biracial kid. Let's take the blind one.' So because I'm high yellow, I'm special needs, which means I would dominate at the Special Olympics.
3Our show is not based on huge characters. There are characters in our show; whether or not they reoccur is based on the audience. MADtv (1995) was a formula - our show doesn't have one,. We try to incorporate the shows. We're not trying to be cool here. We're trying to be funny. If you watch the beginning of certain shows, you notice that they're trying too hard to be hipsters and be cool. We're like, 'Why are you trying to be a badass?' We realize that we're nerds. Our goal in life is to get the laughs.


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