It’s not awards season but that doesn’t mean we can’t have awards shows on our TV screens. Hence, the Peabody Awards, the annual recognition of the best quality and “meritorious public service” in TV, radio and online, will air Monday night at 8 on the Pivot network. The host is Keegan-Michael Key and while he may be a howlingly funny creative force in projects like his late TV show Key and Peele, it appears he’s not sure he knows exactly where to go with the whole hosting gig.
This is spelled out in a cold open video for the ceremony in which Key hits up some of his famous friends for advice and guidance on just how exactly he’s supposed to host the show, especially with it being the 75th edition. Ira Glass wants him to tell jokes, specifically one about labor laws in Wisconsin (man, what a laugh riot!). Fred Armisen thinks interpretive dance is the way to go, particularly if Key can follow his lead and make robots do the hoofing.
And then there’s Stephen Colbert, proud to show off his four Peabodys but somewhat confused that a) Key is asking for his advice regarding hosting, not giving an acceptance speech, and b) that Key actually won one of them himself.
It all makes for a nice lead-in to what should be a very high quality program. You can see if Key pulls off the gig and all the winners for yourself when the 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards airs Monday night at 8 on Pivot.