Keegan-Michael Key, a veteran of sketch comedy
, couldn't believe he'd gotten to host "Saturday Night Live
" for the first time.
Key, a longtime MadTV and “Key & Peele
” star, sweetly recalled the hours he spent watching the show as a boy in Detroit
, never dreaming he'd one day be on stage.
Even as a "little kid," Key described himself as a "Saturday Night Live" "super fan."
“I grew up a block south of 8 Mile Road in Detroit, and I used to sneak downstairs every week to watch ‘SNL
.’ If you had told that kid that one day he would be standing here on this stage...” he recalled, apparently beginning to cry, before adding, “He probably wouldn’t have heard what you said because he would’ve been too busy stealing your wallet to hear what you said.”
“I’ve come a long way since then, and I am so honored to be here, and as a result, I am going to make the most of it,” he added before breaking out in song.
Key appeared in a number of sketches, including one in which he played a security guard in a theater with Kenan Thompson, repeatedly reprimanding Muppets
Statler and Waldorf for heckling Melissa Villaseor's Lily Tomlin and Kermit the Frog during a performance.
Thompson explained, "We don't give a damn about the show."
“We work for the venue,” Key said as he punched Statler repeatedly.
When the two attempt to eject the Muppets, they discover they lack legs.
“Sorry, we didn’t realize you were veterans
,” Key apologized, “and thank you for your service.” At that point, they began to heckle.
Check out Key's monologue above, as well as the Muppets sketch: