Executive Producer, Writer
A Detroit native, Keegan-Michael Key received an M.F.A. in Theater at Penn State University before getting his start in comedy at Second City Detroit. Key then moved to Second City Chicago, where he wrote and performed in the e.t.c. shows “Holy War, Batman!” and “Curious George Goes to War,” for which he won several Joseph Jefferson Awards (which honor excellence in Chicago theater).
While still in Chicago, Key was hired as a regular on Fox’s “MADtv,” which he starred in for six seasons. He dazzled the audience with original characters including ‘Coach Hines,’ ‘Eugene Struthers,’ and ‘Jovan Muskatelle,’ and his celebrity impressions including Dennis Rodman, Snoop Dogg, and President Obama. Additionally, Key recurred as the ‘Theoretical Criminal’ on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “RENO 911!” and was a series regular on CBS’s “Gary Unmarried,” playing Jay Mohr’s best friend ‘Curtis.’ His guest star credits include NBC’s “ER” and “Love Bites,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital,” and FX’s “The League.”
Key’s feature film credits include Universal’s “Role Models,” Warner Bros.’ “Due Date,” Disney’s “MR. 3000,” and Sony’s “Just Go With It” and “Bucky Larson.” Key recently appeared in the Universal feature, “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. He can next be seen in the feature films “The Wild Bunch” and “Hell Baby” opposite Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb, and “Afternoon Delight” opposite Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn, and Josh Radnor.
Additionally, along with Jordan Peele, Key recently co-hosted the one-hour compilation stand-up special, “CC:Stand-Up: The Bonnaroo Experience.” And in July, both were awarded the “Breakout Comedy Stars” Award at the Montreal Comedy Festival Just For Laughs.
Additionally, Key is a founding member of the Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, Michigan, where he has directed several productions. He has taught acting and improvisation at the University of Detroit, Second City Training Center, Mosaic Youth Theatre, and Wayne State University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Cynthia Blaise and their two dogs.