Keegan-Michael Key

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  • Birth Place: Detroit, MIchigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Comedian
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Fast Facts

  • Says he was "painfully shy" as a child.
  • Was trained as a Shakespearean actor, but became interested in comedy after he was exposed to improv in college. 
  • First TV appearance was in a 1994 episode of ER. 
  • Returned to Detroit in 1997 and joined the Second City as a performer and writer. 
  • Has received multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards, given to honor achievement in Chicago theater.
  • A founding member of the Planet Ant Theatre.

Awards

  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Cynthia Blaise — Wife (separated)
  • Patricia Walsh — Mother
  • Carrie Herr — Mother

College

  • University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, United States (BA in Theatre, 1993); Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States (MFA in Theatre, 1996)

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  • Birth Place: Detroit, MIchigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Comedian