Keegan-Michael Key will host the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards. The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today that Emmy® Award-winner Keegan-Michael Key—actor, writer, and co-creator of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”—will host the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards. The ceremony will take place November 28, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
“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.”
The rest of the press release: Keegan-Michael Key is one of the most creative and diverse talents in the worlds of film, television, and theater today. He’s sought-after as an actor, writer, and creator, and was named among Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2014” and Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year of 2012.”
In addition to multiple nominations and an Emmy® Award win for his work on “Key & Peele,” he received a 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He also received a 2016 Emmy® nomination for his voiceover work in Crackle’s animated comedy “SuperMansion.” Key can currently be seen in Mike Birbiglia’s critically acclaimed Don’t Think Twice, which premiered at the 2016 South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festivals.
On television, 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 CBS’s “Gary Unmarried.” Additional TV credits include “The League,” “The Middle,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Reno 911!” and “ER.”
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.
Keegan 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.