COMEDY CENTRAL presents Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in their new half-hour sketch comedy show “Key & Peele.” Best known for their impressive ability to do improv and conjuring up original characters and celebrity impressions, Key and Peele have created a show that provides a satirical take on race, pop culture and politics. In this new series, these fresh, relevant comedic actor-writers, used to being on the outside looking in, examine life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, “Key & Peele” showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.
Keegan-Michael Key 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 and Snoop Dogg. 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 will appear in the upcoming Universal feature, “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. 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.
Jordan Peele Executive Producer, Writer A New York City native, Jordan Peele started doing comedy while attending Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. Peele then moved to Chicago where he performed at Second City and ImprovOlympic and created the award-winning show, “Two White Guys” with his comedy partner Rebecca Drysdale. He then went to Amsterdam where he was a company member of the Boom Chicago Theater. It was Peele’s work in Amsterdam that garnered the attention of Fox’s “MADtv,” where he was a series regular for five seasons. There, he impressed the audience with original characters including ‘Dontel LaMontrose,’ ‘Noodles the Krumper,’ and ‘Melvin Dufrane,’ and celebrity impressions including Montel Williams, Forest Whittaker, and Morgan Freeman. In 2008, Peele received an Emmy® nomination for his music video “Sad Fitty Cent.” He presently recurs as ‘Dr. Brian’ on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and has appeared on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “RENO 911!” and “Chocolate News,” and NBC’s “Love Bites.” Peele’s feature film credits include Universal’s “Little Fockers” and the upcoming “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux. Peele lives in Hollywood, CA where he enjoys playing video games, making puppets, and coming up with amazing ideas in his spare time. He loves his mother very much.