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Chicago Improv Festival to honor Key and Peele


  • Keegan-Michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele are coming to Chicago.
Keegan-Michael Key (left) and Jordan Peele are coming to Chicago. (Handout )
March 25, 2012|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" will be among the honorees (and performers) at the Chicago Improv Festival Benefit March 31.

The comedy stars are making a special appearance to accept their "Ensemble of the Year Award" at the event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.

Key and Peele will take part in a improv jam emceed by Chicago Improv Festival artistic director Mark Sutton later in the evening. It will feature Chicago native Ike Barinholtz (of HBO's "Eastbound & Down") and his brother, actor Jon Barinholtz, who will entertain on their own earlier.

Others being honored include:

  • Dan Patterson, creator/producer of "Who's Line Is It Anyway?": Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Alan Barinholtz, Chicago Improv Festival board member: Spotlight Award

Tickets are $35 in advance at

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