Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will perform for one night only in a free performance of live stand-up comedy at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts as part of The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF). “Key & Peele” will feature both impressive improv skills and celebrity impressions. This show provides a satirical take on race, pop culture and politics. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, “Key & Peele” showcases their unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are best known for their half-hour sketch comedy television show on COMEDY CENTRAL, which involves pre-filmed sketches as well as stand-up in front of a live studio audience. The New York Comedy Festival is now in its ninth successful year. The Festival – which is produced by Carolines on Broadway – is presented in association with Comedy Central. The week-long laugh fest brings the biggest names in comedy to New York City’s most prestigious venues. NYCF will take place from November 7 – 11, 2012.
Keegan-Michael Key (Executive Producer, Writer ) At Second City Chicago, Key won several Joseph Jefferson Awards for the shows “Holy War,” “Batman!” and “Curious George Goes to War,” which he wrote and performed in. During the six seasons that Key starred on Fox’s “MADtv,” he dazzled the audience with original characters such as ‘Coach Hines,’ and his celebrity impressions including Dennis Rodman and Snoop Dogg. Additionally, Key recurred on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “RENO 911!” and was a series regular on CBS’ “Gary Unmarried.” Key’s guest star credits include NBC’s “ER,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital,” and FX’s “The League.” Key’s feature film credits include Universal’s “Role Models,” Warner Bros.’ “Due Date,” Disney’s “MR. 3000,” and Sony’s “Just Go With It.” Key will appear in the upcoming Universal feature, “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.
Jordan Peele ( Executive Producer, Writer) Peele performed at Second City and ImprovOlympic in Chicago and created the award-winning show, “Two White Guys” with his comedy partner Rebecca Drysdale. It was Peele’s work in Amsterdam, as a company member of the Boom Chicago Theater, which garnered the attention of Fox’s “MADtv,” where he was a series regular for five seasons. There, he impressed the audience with original characters such as ‘DontelLaMontrose,’ and celebrity impressions including Montel Williams and Morgan Freeman. Peele received an Emmy® nomination for his music video “Sad Fitty Cent.” He presently recurs on Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and has appeared on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “RENO 911!” and NBC’s “Love Bites.” Peele’s feature film credits include Universal’s “Little Fockers” and the upcoming “Wanderlust” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd.