Posts tagged ‘Key & Peele’

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

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September 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm 1 comment

Keegan-Michael Key on Campus

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

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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

My Buddy Keegan: Just in ‘Time’

time coverYep, that’s Keegan-Michael Key ’96g, with his Key & Peele co-star Jordan Peele, gracing the cover of Time‘s Ideas Issue, hitting newsstands now.

In the magazine, Key and Peele author a piece on America’s obsession with political correctness and what it means for comedy. It’s brilliant stuff, and like everything Key does, it will probably make you laugh. But it’ll also make you think. When I interviewed Key for our March/April cover story, we had a surprisingly philosophical discussion about comedy. Key blew my mind with his insights into satire, comedic timing, the element of surprise—and why the funniest jokes are almost always the results of intelligent, critical observation. The Time article touches on some of the same ideas, and Key and Peele reveal “the true purpose of humor.” A favorite snippet:

To not make fun of something is, we believe, itself a form of bullying. When a humorist makes the conscious decision to exclude a group from derision, isn’t he or she implying that the members of that group are not capable of self-reflection? Or don’t possess the mental faculties to recognize the nuances of satire? A group that’s excluded never gets the opportunity to join in the greater human conversation.

Check out the full article here.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — March 13, 2014

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Spring breakers: While some of their peers are lounging poolside this week, members of the Penn State women’s soccer team are spending spring break in the Dominican Republic, volunteering at youth soccer clinics and teaching English to local kids. @PennStateWSOC tweeted some great photos (like the one above) of the ladies in action this morning.

Making the ranks: Yet another impressive ranking from U.S. News & World Report to tell you about — this time for Penn State’s graduate programs, 14 of which were ranked in the top 10 in their respective categories. Grad programs in geology and technical/vocational education each nabbed the top spot in their categories; environmental sciences and geochemistry programs came in at No. 2; and the higher education administration program made the No. 3 spot. Check out Penn State News’ coverage to see the other grad programs on the list.

Getting animated: In the March/April issue of the magazine, we told you about Keegan-Michael Key ’96g  and his growing fanbase (including a certain Barack Obama) and some exciting projects the Key & Peele star has in the works, including an upcoming Judd Apatow flick. Well, add one more to that list: A popular sketch from Key & Peele, in which the title characters play TSA agents/aspiring comedians, is being developed into an animated series. Do yourself a favor and watch the clip that started it all.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

March 13, 2014 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 14, 2013

Tale of two Penn States: As the search for a new president continues, Inside Higher Ed published this piece, examining how Penn State might appear to a potential leader: “… candidates may be asking themselves which Penn State they see: one led in part by ‘the search committee that couldn’t shoot straight,’ or a solid academic and financial entity with a long history and a bright future.” Donald Heller, the former head of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education, and an anonymous Penn State faculty member are quoted in the story.

Spanier v. Freeh: Attorneys for Louis Freeh and former Penn State president Graham Spanier are headed to court early next year. Back in July 2013, Spanier filed a defamation lawsuit in response to the Freeh report, which alleged Spanier helped cover up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of children. The argument goes to trial in the Centre County Courthouse on Jan. 9, 2014.

Master Key: Keegan-Michael Key, of Comedy Central’s hit show Key & Peele, is pretty much my best friend. And by “best friend,” I mean I interviewed him once. We chatted on the phone earlier this week (for an upcoming story in the magazine — stay tuned) and Key ’96g was not only hysterically funny, but also incredibly nice and easygoing—which helped calm my out-of-control, omg-I’m-talking-to-a-comedy-genius nerves. BFF status aside, this is good news: A Key & Peele movie, produced by comedy heavyweight Judd Apatow, is in the works. Now I’m just waiting on my invite to the premiere.

Via @rysChen on Twitter

Via @rysChen on Twitter

Think positive: So, last night’s men’s basketball game vs. Bucknell didn’t go so well. But let’s look on the bright side. More specifically, let’s look at this adorable photo of a miniature lion high-fiving the real deal, captured during the game by Onward State‘s Bobby Chen (@rysChen) and posted on Twitter this morning.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

November 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment


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