Keegan-Michael Key Is Coming Home To Happy Valley
Keegan-Michael Key ’96g, who we profiled in our Jan./Feb. ’07 issue, will act as the 2015 Homecoming Grand Marshal. The decision to bring in the star/co-creator of the Comedy Central hit Key and Peele was announced at Sunday night’s Be A Part From The Start event at Rec Hall. A video released by the Homecoming committee featured one of Penn State’s most famous fictional alumni—Hingle McCringleberry, a character Key played in Key and Peele‘s famous East-West College Bowl skit—announcing the decision.
Key rose to fame as a cast member of the sketch comedy show MadTV, which he joined in 2004 and left when the show ended in 2009. Since then, he has made a name for himself on the small screen with appearances on shows like Gary Unmarried, Parks and Recreation, Playing House, and of course, Key and Peele. Key has also had roles in movies such as Role Models and The Lego Movie, and in 2015, he performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as Luther, a character originally created on Key and Peele whose job is to act as President Obama’s “anger translator.”
Homecoming 2015 will take place the week of October 4, with the annual Homecoming Parade occurring on October 9 at 6 p.m.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor