Grapevine: Detroit comics come home for DIA show

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Comedian Keegan-Michael Key appears at DIA

As part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ “30 Americans” exhibition, comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key will bring his improv troupe 313 to the Detroit Film Theatre on Dec. 22 for a night of comedy. The 313 is a group of comedic actors who began their careers in Detroit, including Nyima Funk, Marc Evan Jackson, Maribeth Monroe and “Veep” co-star Sam Richardson. Key is best known for his Comedy Central show “Key and Peel.” Local improv group Rock-o-Matic will open the show. Tickets, $30-$50, are on sale at or by calling (313) 833-4005.

Detroit News columnist Chuck Bennett is named by the Salonniere has published its list of 100 best party hosts in the United States. Detroit News society columnist Chuck Bennett was named as one of the four Michigan winners. He joins Conway MacKenzie CEO Van Conway, Linda Dresner of Birmingham and Nicole Eisenberg of Bloomfield Hills. The unranked list also includes President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama.

Denzel Washington to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

The spotlight will be on Denzel Washington at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor the actor with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Ricky Gervais. Other recent winners of the honor are George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro, which puts Mr. Washington in very good company. The Golden Globes will air 8-11 p.m. Jan. 10 on NBC.

Val Kilmer agrees to ‘Top Gun’ sequel

Actor Val Kilmer got fans excited when he announced on Facebook that he got offered a role in “Top Gun 2.” He said he said “yes” without even reading the script. He later added to his post to clarify that the project is “a long way off so calm down.” “This has been talked about for a long, long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role,” he said. “I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun (sic)... An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent.”

A hot December planned for ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” tweeted the schedule for its December guests Tuesday. Ryan Gosling will host Dec. 5 with musical guest Gospel and soul singer Leon Bridges, and on Dec. 12, Chris Hemsworth will return to host with Chance the Rapper. Dec. 19 is a holiday bonanza with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sharing hosting duties with musical guest Bruce Springsteen.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Kevin Nealon, 62

Kirk Hammett, 53

Owen Wilson, 47

Mike Epps, 45

Chloe Sevigny, 41

Fabolous, 38