Keegan-Michael Key On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets

Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key was born on March 22, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan. He studied Theater and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a bachelor degree in 1993. He continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania State, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater in 1996.

Having primarily worked in television, Key's first major breakthrough came in 2004 when he joined the cast of "MADtv". He played various roles for a total of 107 episodes, remaining with the show until 2009. Key joined the TV series at the same time as castmate Jordan Peele, who would become a longtime comedy partner.

"Key & Peele" - a comedy sketch series on Comedy Central - ran for five seasons from 2012 to 2015, ultimately taking home the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Variety Sketch Series" at the 2016 ceremony. Key had previously earned Emmy Award nominations for the show in both acting and writing categories in 2014 and 2015. In total, "Key & Peele" earned 7 Emmy Award nominations and 1 win.

Over the course of his TV & Film career, Key has accumulated a wide variety of notable credits including the role of Ethan Turner in "Friends from College" (2017), the role of Mark Rodriguez in "Playing House" (2014-2017), FBI Agent Pepper in "Fargo" (2014), Joe in "Parks and Recreation" (2014-2015), Pupa in "Let's Be Cops" (2014), Hugo in "Tomorrowland" (2015), as well as appearances in "Keanu" (2016), "Horrible Bosses 2" (2014), and "Pitch Perfect 2" (2015). He also made regular appearances on "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

His work as a voice actor includes a 2016 Emmy-nominated performance in "SuperMansion", as well as characters in "The Lego Movie", "Hotel Transylvania 2", "Bob's Burgers", "Archer", "Storks", "The Angry Birds Movie", and "The Simpsons".

Key made his Off-Broadway debut as Horatio in the Public Theater's revival of Hamlet alongside Oscar Isaacs in June to September 2017.

He made his Broadway debut as Gerald in the Broadway premiere of Steve Martin's new comedy Meteor Shower alongside Amy Schumer, Laura Benanti & Jeremy Shamos on November 1, 2017 and played his final performance on January 21, 2018.


Keegan-Michael Key with Jeremy Shamos, Amy Schumer & Laura Benanti in Meteor Shower
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)