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Shä-Key

Biography

Rapper Shä-Essential initial jammed with seven-piece music group Rhythm Technique at celebrations in her house of Yonkers, NY. A videotape of 1 performance gained the music group a agreement with Imago, who released her jazz- and soul-tinged debut, A Mind Nädda’s Trip to Adidi Skizm, in 1994.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sha Key
Music Groups Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Albums A Head Nadda's Journey to Adidi Skizm, In the BuzzBag, Cool and Steady and Easy, Funk Ain't Ova, Once Upon It Is, Watcha Playin'


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#Fact
1 Played "Luther" President Obama's angry translator at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
2 He and comedy partner Jordan Peele made cameos as 'gangstas' in the music video for 'Weird Al' Yankovic's "White & Nerdy".
3 Along with Jordan Peele, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2014].
4 Both he and partner Jordan Peele were dramatically featured in a series of comic-photo examples of fictional employees demonstrating "The Saintly Way to Succeed" in a cover story and lengthy article with that title in the March 31, 2013 issue of The New York Magazine.
5 His birth father is African-American and his birth mother is Caucasian. He was adopted as a child. His adopted parents are also African-American and Caucasian.
6 A longtime veteran of the Second City comedy troupe, first in his native Detroit and then in the venerated halls of Second City Chicago.
7 He is a graduate of the University of Detroit - Mercy (undergraduate) and earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania State University School of Theatre.
8 He was nominated for a 2004 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical for "The Second City's Romeo & Juliet Musical" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
9 He was nominated for a 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Pants on Fire" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10 He was awarded the 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Curious George Goes to War" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
11 He was awarded the 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Holy War, Batman! or the Yellow Cab of Courage" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
12 Attended Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, MI.
13 Co-founder of the Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck, Michigan, with Ryan Carlson, Margaret Exner, Joshua Funk, Nancy Hayden, and Mikey Brown.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Predator 2018 filming
The Star 2017/II announced voice
Win It All 2017 completed
Friends from College 2017 TV Series pre-production
SuperMansion 2015-2017 TV Series American Ranger
Son of Zorn 2017 TV Series Grobos the Great
The Simpsons 2017 TV Series Jazzy James
Detroiters 2017 TV Series Smilin Jack
Pigeon Toady's Guide to Your New Baby 2016 Video short Alpha (voice)
Why Him? 2016 Gustav
Bad Guys 2016 TV Series Mantis Commander
Storks 2016 Alpha Wolf (voice)
Celebrity Conversations 2016 TV Series
Mack & Moxy 2016 TV Series Admirable Keegan
Archer 2016 TV Series Rim Shot / Detective Rimshot / Detective
American Dad! 2016 TV Series E-Money
Bob's Burgers 2014-2016 TV Series Cory / Bartender / Darnell / ...
House of Lies 2016 TV Series Devin
Angry Birds 2016 Judge Peckinpah (voice)
Robot Chicken 2014-2016 TV Series Shredder Dr. Hannibal Lecter Maximus Decimus Meridius ...
Don't Think Twice 2016 Jack
Keanu 2016 Clarence Goobril / Smoke Dresden
The Muppets. 2016 TV Series Keegan-Michael Key
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Helmut FröntBüt
Modern Family 2016 TV Series Tom Delaney
W/ Bob and David 2015 TV Series Cop #1
Everyone's Crazy But Us 2015 TV Series Joziah's Dad
Freaks of Nature 2015 Mr. Keller
TripTank 2015 TV Series King Lhoga
The Hotwives of Las Vegas 2015 TV Series Ace
Hotel Transylvania 2 2015 Murray (voice)
Key and Peele 2012-2015 TV Series Various Characters / Himself / Scat Man #1 / ...
Playing House 2014-2015 TV Series Mark Rodriguez
Ithamar Has Nothing to Say 2015 TV Series Studio Executive
Vacation 2015/I Jack Peterson
Rick and Morty 2015 TV Series Fourth-Dimensional Being
BoJack Horseman 2014-2015 TV Series Sebastian St. Clair
Tomorrowland 2015 Hugo
Welcome to Happiness 2015 Proctor
2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner 2015 TV Movie Luther
Pitch Perfect 2 2015 Beca's Boss
Childrens Hospital 2010-2015 TV Series Captain Tripper / Cop
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2015 TV Series Grant Anderson
Parks and Recreation 2014-2015 TV Series Joe
Horrible Bosses 2 2014 Mike
Let's Be Cops 2014 Pupa
Fargo 2014 TV Series FBI Agent Pepper FBI Agent Budge
Teacher of the Year 2014 Ronald Douche
The Middle 2014 TV Series Reverend Deveaux
The LEGO Movie 2014 Foreman Jim (voice)
Super Fun Night 2013 TV Series Slade
Epic Rap Battles of History 2013 TV Series short Michael Jordan Gandhi
Übermansion 2013 TV Movie Sgt. Agony
How I Met Your Mother 2013 TV Series Calvin
Afternoon Delight 2013 Bo
Hell Baby 2013 F'resnel
Wanderlust 2012 Marcy’s Flunkie
The League 2011 TV Series Carmenjello
Wilfred 2011 TV Series Dick Barbian
CollegeHumor Originals 2011 TV Series Falcon
Love Bites 2011 TV Series Drew
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star 2011 Guinness Man (as Keegan Michael Key)
A Series of Unfortunate People 2011 TV Series Ted
Just Go with It 2011 Ernesto (as Keegan Michael Key)
Due Date 2010 New Father
Welcome to the Jungle Gym 2010 Short Mike McKenzie
Gary Unmarried 2009-2010 TV Series Curtis
Sons of Tucson 2010 TV Series Eric
Reno 911! 2008-2009 TV Series Theoretical Criminal Blu-Ray Thief Cow Man
MADtv 2004-2009 TV Series Various / Coach Hines / Barack Obama / ...
Chocolate News 2008 TV Series Woodsy
Larry of Arabia 2008 Short Dwayne
Role Models 2008 Duane
Yoga Matt 2008 Short Matt
Gaytown 2008 TV Series
Frangela 2007 TV Movie DeShawn
Sucker for Shelley 2007 Short Michael
Al TV 2006 TV Movie segment "White & Nerdy"
Grounds Zero 2006 Short Arch
Alleyball 2006 Curt Braunschweib
Mr 3000 2004 Reporter
I'm with Her 2004 TV Series Orderly
Uncle Nino 2003 Stranger in Airport
ER 2001 TV Series Witkowski
Garage: A Rock Saga 2000 TV Studio Manager
Get the Hell Out of Hamtown 1999 J
The Planet's Funniest Animals 1999 TV Series Host (2005-present)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Key and Peele TV Series 17 episodes, 2012 - 2013 creator - 37 episodes, 2012 - 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
Rubberhead 2014 TV Movie segment "Absorption"
Epic Rap Battles of History 2013 TV Series short written by - 1 episode
MADtv 2004-2005 TV Series writer - 22 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Academy executive producer announced
Keanu 2016 producer
Key and Peele 2012-2015 TV Series executive producer - 47 episodes
Ithamar Has Nothing to Say 2015 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2017 TV Series performer - 1 episode
MADtv 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Allee Willis Loves Detroit Documentary filming Himself
Garbage Time with Katie Nolan 2017 TV Series Himself
The Rich Eisen Show 2017 TV Series Himself
Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner 2017 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2013-2017 TV Series Himself / Luther
Made in Hollywood 2016 TV Series Himself
Special Look 2016 TV Series Himself
Harry 2016 TV Series Himself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Conan 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2016 TV Series Himself
The 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2016 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Ripple of Hope Awards 2016 Video Himself
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest Co-Host / Himself - Guest
Larry King Now 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
The Talk 2016 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Himself
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2016 TV Series Himself
The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Off Camera with Sam Jones 2016 TV Series Himself
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2013-2016 TV Series Himself
The View 2016 TV Series Himself
Reel Junkie 2016 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Comedian
Temple Talk 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
TV Land Icon Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Himself - Comedy Duo Icon Award Honoree
2016 MTV Movie Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Virtual Performance
The 47th NAACP Image Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015-2016 TV Series Himself
W/ Bob and David 2015 TV Series Herself - Performer
IMDb on the Scene 2015 TV Series Himself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Presenter: Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself
CBS News Sunday Morning 2015 TV Series Himself
What Are You? 2015 Documentary short Himself
The Planet's Funniest Animals 2008-2015 TV Series Himself - Host
No, You Shut Up! 2015 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Hell's Kitchen 2014 TV Series Himself - Restaurant Patron
Talking Dead 2013-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special 2014 TV Special
Rubberhead 2014 TV Movie Himself (segment "Absorption")
Late Show with David Letterman 2014 TV Series Himself - Key and Peele
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Ernst & Young Accountants (as Key)
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special / Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming / Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) / ...
That's My Entertainment Comic Con Special 2014 TV Movie Himself
Guys Choice Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Himself
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Winner
Inside Comedy 2014 TV Series Himself
Key and Peele 2013 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012-2013 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Mythical Show 2013 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2012 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Tosh.0 2012 TV Series Himself
CC: Stand-Up - The Bonnaroo Experience 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Good Eats 2010 TV Series documentary Robert E. Lee
House Arrest with Andy Dick 2009 TV Series Himself
GSN Live 2009 TV Series Himself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2008 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Poker Showdown 2006 TV Series Himself
Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett 2005 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2016 TV Series Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Gangsta in Convertible

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Peter Principato (executive producer)
· Paul Young (executive producer)
· Joel Zadak (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (co-executive producer)
· Linda Morel (produced by)
2014 Festival Award Chicago Comedy Film Festival Best Actor Teacher of the Year (2014)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Key and Peele (2012)
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jay Martel
· Alex Rubens
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Colton Dunn
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Ian Roberts
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
· Jordan Peele
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance SuperMansion (2015)
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Playing House (2014)
2016 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jordan Peele
· Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Male Performance in a Variety Program Key and Peele (2012)
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance in a Animated Program SuperMansion (2015)
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jordan Peele
2016 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Keanu (2016)
2016 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series Key and Peele (2012) · Colton Dunn
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Phil Augusta Jackson
· Jay Martel
· Jordan Peele
· Ian Roberts
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Key and Peele (2012)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Super Bowl Special (2015) · Brendan Hunt
· Jordan Peele
· Rich Talarico
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Jordan Peele
· Rebecca Drysdale
· Colton Dunn
· Alex Rubens
· Charlie Sanders
· Rich Talarico
· Phil Augusta Jackson
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Joel Zadak (executive producer)
· Peter Principato (executive producer)
· Paul Young (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (co-executive producer)
· Linda Morel (produced by)
· Keith Raskin (consulting producer)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program Key and Peele (2012) · Jordan Peele (executive producer)
· Peter Atencio (executive producer)
· Ian Roberts (executive producer)
· Jay Martel (executive producer)
· Matt Enlow (producer)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Key and Peele (2012)
2015 Entertainer of the Year Award Image Awards
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jay Martel (writer)
· Ian Roberts (writer)
· Jordan Peele (writer)
· Alex Rubens (writer)
· Rebecca Drysdale (writer)
· Colton Dunn (writer)
· Rich Talarico (writer)
· Charlie Sanders (writer)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Male Performance in a Fiction Program Key and Peele (2012)
2014 Young Hollywood Award Young Hollywood Awards Best Bromance · Jordan Peele
2013 WGA Award (TV) Writers Guild of America, USA Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series Key and Peele (2012) · Jay Martel
· Ian Roberts
· Jordan Peele
· Sean Conroy
· Colton Dunn
· Charlie Sanders
· Alex Rubens
· Rebecca Drysdale


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#Quote
1 In regard to our show(Key and Peele), some people ask me sometimes ''What is the greatest thing that can happen to your show?'' I said the greatest thing that can happen to my show, is that a kid watches something on whatever the equivalent of YouTube is 75 years from now and goes ''Why is this funny? I don't understand this.'' (Meaning that hopefully Americans will have solved the racism issues in the near future and thus kids won't understand the shows humor on racism issues.)
2 I was a special-needs child. It was like, 'Here's a kid with no arm. Here's a blind kid. Here is a biracial kid. Let's take the blind one.' So because I'm high yellow, I'm special needs, which means I would dominate at the Special Olympics.
3 Our show is not based on huge characters. There are characters in our show; whether or not they reoccur is based on the audience. MADtv (1995) was a formula - our show doesn't have one,. We try to incorporate the shows. We're not trying to be cool here. We're trying to be funny. If you watch the beginning of certain shows, you notice that they're trying too hard to be hipsters and be cool. We're like, 'Why are you trying to be a badass?' We realize that we're nerds. Our goal in life is to get the laughs.


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