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Keegan-Michael Key Wins An Emmy

Keegan-Michael Key ’96g took home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series for Key & Peele on Monday night. Key & Peele, which celebrated its final season in 2015, won over shows like Saturday Night Live and Portlandia, among others. Key accepted the award alongside co-star Jordan Peele.

This marks the first Emmy win for Key, whose show was nominated each of the last three years. Key & Peele won a Peabody Award in 2014.

Asked about the win, Key explained that he was so excited that he has “no sense” of what he or Peele said while accepting the award.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm 1 comment

Keegan-Michael Key on Why He Chose Penn State


Keegan-Michael Key ’96 and his frequent collaborator, Jordan Peele, have done a number of media appearances recently to promote their new movie Keanu. One appearance stood out to us because Key mentioned one of the reasons why he chose to attend Penn State.

The duo appeared on a podcast, and Key (last year’s Homecoming grand marshal, in case you forgot) mentioned that he loves the bond that forms between fathers and sons over sports. He then explained that watching one of his father’s friends cheer for a number of Penn Staters who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers – he mentioned players like Jack Ham ’71 and Franco Harris ’72 – helped turn him on to the university.

Key and Peele are great on this podcast, so listening to the whole thing is recommended (even though the host’s voice is a bit grating). If you’d like to jump to Key’s bit about Penn State, head to the 56:39 mark.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

May 2, 2016 at 11:16 am 1 comment

Penn State’s Top NFL Draft Prospect Sits Down With ESPN…Kind Of

via ESPN

via ESPN

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday night, and according to ESPN, Penn State tight end Hingle McCringleberry is going to be the No. 1 pick.

Ok, so McCringleberry isn’t real. Fans of the show Key & Peele know that he is a fictional Nittany Lion star made up by real Penn State alumnus and friend of the magazine Keegan-Michael Key ‘96. But McCringleberry has become more popular than any other character in the skit in a number of ways.

ESPN released a video which features McCringleberry appearing on one of its NFL shows. Take a few minutes and watch Key do what he does better than anyone: play a hilarious, outlandish character that’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Spend the Super Bowl With Keegan-Michael Key

Keegan-Michael Key ’96 will team up with longtime collaborator Jordan Peele and do commentary for Super Bowl 50. The duo will play a pair of eccentric commenters named Lee and Morris and will spend the entire game calling the action on a website hosted by Squarespace, which is sponsoring the broadcast.

There’s just one catch: the duo won’t be able to say anything that would violate a trademark owned by the NFL, so things like the team names and the phrase “Super Bowl” are off the table. According to one video, they can’t even say “touchdown” without splitting up who says “touch” and “down.”

You can watch all of the promotional ads for the broadcast right here, and make sure you tune in when the stream goes live on Sunday night.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

February 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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

August 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm 1 comment

Keegan-Michael Key on Campus

Here’s a guest post from our colleague John Patishnock ’05, editor of AlumnInsider:

Alumni Fellow Award honoree Keegan-Michael Key ’96g spoke with Theatre 100 students Wednesday morning, sharing advice and talking about his process of creating characters and sketches. Co-creator and co-star of the hit Comedy Central show Key & Peele, Key is in town for tonight’s Alumni Fellow awards dinner and has been making the rounds to various classrooms. During his 20-minute talk, he told students that comedy is about zigging and zagging and challenging misconceptions about what the audience expects to see.

Key displayed big-time energy with his gregarious personality, even obliging one student who asked for his autograph amid the Q&A. Key also spoke to the work ethic that’s needed in his profession, saying he routinely wakes up at 4:30 a.m. for a 15-hour workday. What keeps him going, he said, is that he’s doing what he’s passionate about. That’s one reason why he worked so much when he was studying at Penn State, saying he wanted to stay busy because he wasn’t sure if the work would stop when he graduated. Fortunately, he said, the work didn’t stop then and hasn’t stopped since.

At one point, a student asked Key if he envisioned being where he is now when he was at Penn State. “Not in a million years,” Key responded, but he said he made the right decisions at the right time and challenged himself. For example, Key was a dramatic actor at Penn State but has carved out a career as a comedic performer, and he told students they have to allow themselves to see beyond what they think their career path will be and be ready for new experiences.

“I’m not going to lie, so much of this is luck, so much of it is being in the right place at the right time,” he said. “Another thing is you have to have some kind of training, you have to have tools that you can use, but then the opportunity has to strike, as well.”

John Patishnock


October 8, 2014 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

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