Keegan-Michael Key – actor, writer, and co-creator of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” – will host the 2016 Gotham Awards on November 28, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
From the press release sent by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP): “We’re excited to have Keegan-Michael at the helm of this year’s Gotham Awards celebrations,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. “His unique presence and brand of humor will be a perfect addition to what we expect will be a lively and exciting show.”
Key can currently be seen in the very funny Mike Birbiglia comedy Don’t Think Twice, which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festivals.
Key has appeared on the Emmy Award-winning FX series “Fargo,” USA’s “Playing House,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital,” and NBC’s “Parks & Rec.” He was also a series regular on FOX’s “MADtv” for six seasons and the CBS series “Gary Unmarried.” Additional TV credits include “The League,” “The Middle,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Reno 911!” and “ER.”
From the release: “In film, 2016 saw Key starring in Warner Bros.’ Keanu, which he also co-produced. He recently wrapped production on John Hamburg’s Why Him?, in which he stars alongside James Franco, Bryan Cranston, and Megan Mullally. The film is set to open this Christmas. He also lent his vocal talents to Warner Brothers’ Storks, which opened in September. Other past film work includes Pitch Perfect 2, Horrible Bosses 2, Let’s Be Cops, Wanderlust, Just Go with It, Role Models, Hell Baby, Afternoon Delight, and Due Date. He has also done vocal work for Angry Birds, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Wild Bunch.”
Key is currently in production on Nick Stoller’s comedy series “Friends from College,” which follows a group of Harvard alumni and their adult successes – or lack thereof. The show will premiere on Netflix in 2017.
I’m very excited about Key’s upcoming hosting of the Gothams, which is a very tough gig. The event is not broadcast, presenters and winners are occasionally a little soused and often unfiltered, which makes for a very fun evening.
For the host, though, with a usually well-lubricated and inattentive audience, it’s a challenge to keep things moving and amusing. I can hardly wait to see what Key brings to the proceedings!