Lee has admitted in several interviews that his parents had hoped he would continue on with the family business and were less-than supportive of his comedic pursuits at first.    During a podcast interview conducted by fellow actor and comedian Joe Rogan on February 1, 2011, Lee stated that during the first few years he did stand-up his parents barely spoke to him, however after his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno his father called him and apologized for not supporting his comedy career. 
Key was one of the founders of Hamtramck, Michigan 's Planet Ant Theatre , and was a member of the Second City Detroit 's mainstage cast before joining the Second City . theater in Chicago . Key co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project along with Beth Hagenlocker, Marc Evan Jackson , Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell .  The Detroit Creativity Project teaches students in Detroit improvisation as a way to improve their communication skills. Key performed with The 313, an improv group formed with other members of Second City Hollywood that appears around the country.   The 313 is made up primarily of former Detroit residents and named for Detroit's area code.  Key also hosted Animal Planet 's The Planet's Funniest Animals .