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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele backstage at the 2014 American Comedy Awards

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The 2014 American Comedy Awards (which NBC televised on May 8, 2014) returned after a 13-year hiatus. The annual awards show was originally on Comedy Central from 1987 to 2001. The 2014 ceremony was previously filmed at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where some of the best entertainers from TV, movies and stand-up comedy gathered to honor their favorites. Nominations for the awards were voted on by members of the American Comedy Awards Voting Committee, a panel consisting of 860 working professionals from the comedy community including writers, performers, producers, directors and stand-up comedians.

Winners at the 2014 American Comedy Awards included Bill Cosby, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, Will Ferrell, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele and Jim Gaffigan. (Ferrell, McCarthy, Colbert and Stewart did not attend the ceremony, but most had prerecorded acceptance speeches.) A complete list of winners can be found at the official American Comedy Awards website. Here is what these celebrities had to say backstage during a brief press conference in the American Comedy Awards press room.

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY and JORDAN PEELE

Winner:
Best Alternative Series (“Key & Peele”)

We know you collaborate on comedy sketches, but how do you work for an awards show like this, in terms of figuring out what to say in your acceptance speech if you win? Do you talk about it ahead of time?

Key: When we do the live portion of our show, we’ll get together a couple of hours before the show, we’ll talk about some things that make us giggle. At this point, there’s not a whole lot of preparation. We just kind of came up with that bit in the car over here. We wanted to do something funny; but otherwise, it was speaking for both of us from the heart.

Peele: Our training is the same. We’re both improvisers, and we were trained in that way. So as soon as another idea happens, it’s always an opportunity to open up another avenue and talk about something else.

For more info: American Comedy Awards website

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