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Keegan-Michael Key Channels Snoop Dogg, Obama, and More in Celebrity Impressions Game
The Migration actor also busted out his characters from The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Key & Peele in a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
It's Super Bowl week, which means it's time to start planning your watch party, break out your best bag of chips and... your best celebrity impressions?
That's exactly what actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key did when he swung by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about football's biggest weekend — including hosting the upcoming awards show NFL Honors. During his visit, the master impressionist also took on Snoop Dogg, Barack Obama and more, in addition to resurrecting iconic Key & Peele characters.
The interview begins with Jimmy Fallon showing a picture of Key and his wife all smiles at the recent NFC Championships game between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Then things take a turn when The Tonight Show host asks Key to relive the pain of realizing his beloved Lions are about to lose to the 49ers—thus, not advancing to this year's Super Bowl.
Key tries to rewrite history by playing football fantasy, leading the audience to believe the Lions actually won, but he eventually acknowledges reality:
"It was heartbreaking, absolutely heartbreaking," Key said after the painful trip down memory lane. "It was such a storybook year for my lions, I thought we had it. I really thought we had it."
After mourning the Lions' loss, Fallon switches topics to Hingle McCringleberry, Key's character from his iconic Comedy Central series, Key & Peele — and how his high-powered pelvic thrusts influenced real NFL players, as they impersonated McCringleberry after scoring a touchdown.
Watch Keegan-Michael Key perform impressions—and classic Key & Peele characters
Speaking of impressions, while Key has had roles in recent high profile projects such as Wonka, Schmigadoon!, and Hulu's Reboot, audiences first fell in love with Key for the characters and impressions he created on Mad TV and Key & Peele.
Fallon asked Key what some of his characters, like substitute teacher Mr. Garvey and Coach Hines, would think of the Super Bowl. In addition to his hilarious impressions, Key also reacted as some of the animated characters he recently voiced, including Toad in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Delroy the parrot from Migration.
Fallon then tasked Key with impersonating other famous faces like Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, and President Barack Obama — along with Obama's Key & Peele anger translator, Luther.
"You better get it together, man,” Key’s Luther yelled to the audience. “Kansas City all the way!”