Key & Peele is going out on top. In its final season, the show claimed the prize for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the 68th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.
“We have to thank Comedy Central,” Jordan Peele began while accepting the honor.
“This is just absolutely amazing,” Keegan-Michael Key said before thanking everyone from the cast and crew, including the folks at craft services… and Detroit.
Known for its trenchant humor tackling racial and cultural issues, Key & Peele emerged victorious over fellow Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer and Drunk History; NBC stalwart Saturday Night Live; and IFC’s Portlandia and Documentary Now.
Backstage, Key shared what he was missing most since the series concluded: “Mostly it’s being with our family. We had a really tight group, and the writers would come on set a lot and there’s always a very festive close feeling on set. I miss those people in particular.”
“The opportunity to make comedy for us is more than just laughter,” Peele said. “It’s a way to reveal hypocrisy and injustice in this world, so there’s a big piece of our voice is missing without Key & Peele but we’re just so honored that we got to share what we do with the world.”
“It seems like we quit at just the right time,” Key added. “Maybe a little too soon.”
The show was nominated for two other awards this year: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
This is only the second year since the Emmys split the award for Outstanding Variety Series into two categories: Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Variety Talk Series.