Keegan-Michael Key to Host Gotham Awards

Ceremony in New York City kicks off awards season

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Keegan-Michael Key, the co-creator of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” will host the 2016 IFP Gotham Awards, TheWrap has learned.

The ceremony, which is the first major event of the movie awards season, will take place Nov. 28 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. “His unique presence and brand of humor will be a perfect addition to what we expect will be a lively and exciting show.”

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 comedy “Don’t Think Twice,” which follows the trials and tribulations of an improv group in NYC after one of their members hits it big on a “Saturday Night Live”-type sketch show.

Key also starred in and co-produced Warner Bros.’ cat comedy “Keanu,” and will next be seen in John Hamburg’s “Why Him?,” alongside James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally. The comedy hits theaters this Christmas.

He also lent his vocal talents to Warner Brothers’ “Storks,” which opened in September.

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.