Kenan Thompson

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Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson 2012 (cropped).jpg
Thompson in May 2012
Born (1978-05-10) May 10, 1978 (age 37)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Christina Evangeline (m. 2011)
Website
www.kenanthompson.net

Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978)[1] is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That. Thompson is also known for his roles as Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, Dexter Reed in the film Good Burger and Fat Albert as the title character. In his early career he often collaborated with fellow comedian and All That cast member Kel Mitchell. He ranked at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Early life and career[edit]

Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Fletcher and Elizabeth Ann Thompson. He has two siblings, an older brother and a younger sister. He began acting at age 15, appearing in the school play The Gingerbread Duck.[2] One of his earliest roles was as an entertainment reporter for CNN's "Real News for Kids",[3] and he would go on to star in All That, and Kenan & Kel.[3] While Kenan attended Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School in East Point, Georgia, he began filming his first movie, D2: The Mighty Ducks.

Film and television career[edit]

Kenan has starred in several films including Good Burger, based on the All That sketch of the same name, and Fat Albert, in which he played the title character. He has also had supporting roles in the movies Heavyweights, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, My Boss's Daughter, and Snakes on a Plane. Kenan had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell. Recently, he returned to Nickelodeon for the show The Mighty B! as the voice of Rocky Rhodes. He also guest-starred on iCarly episode iParty with Victorious as himself.

In 2009, Thompson was a regular voice actor in the Fox cartoon series, Sit Down, Shut Up, portraying Sue Sezno, who, as evidenced by her last name, always says no.[4] The series premiered on April 19, 2009,[4] but was canceled after only four episodes due to low ratings and less than favorable reviews. Thompson provided the voice for the LeBron James puppet in Nike's MVP "Most Valuable Puppets" commercials, which were produced to be shown throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Thompson also guest starred on the USA Network TV show Psych, Season 4's "High Top Fade Out" (episode 7). He played an estranged college singing buddy of the character Gus. In 2011 he briefly returned to Nickelodeon, as he guest starred in "iParty with Victorious", a crossover episode of TV sitcoms "iCarly" and "Victorious". Thompson is the current host of TeenNick's 1990's programming block, The '90s Are All That.

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Thompson returned to sketch comedy when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2003, becoming the first SNL cast member to be born after SNL's premiere in 1975 and the first SNL cast member to have been a cast member on children's comedy shows (the Nickelodeon sketch show All That and the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan and Kel). Kel Mitchell, his comedy partner and close friend, also auditioned to be on SNL, but only Thompson was hired. Thompson was a featured player until 2005 (spanning the 29th and 30th seasons), and was promoted to repertory player at the beginning of season 31 (the 2005–2006 season).

Thompson has been a cast member on SNL for eleven seasons, breaking the record for the longest serving African-American cast member previously held by Tim Meadows, who stayed on the show for ten seasons. Thompson is now the senior cast member on the show, after Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers left the show. He is also the third-oldest current cast member after Bobby Moynihan (born 1977)[5] and Leslie Jones (born 1967). Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 108, beating Darrell Hammond's previous record of 107.

Among the famous people whom Thompson has played are Ben Carson, Elijah Cummings and Al Sharpton.

Personal life[edit]

Thompson married model Christina Evangeline on November 11, 2011.[6] Together, they have one child, a daughter, born in 2014.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Thompson at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con
Performing "An Evening with Kenan Thompson" in 2010

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler
1995 Heavyweights Roy
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Russ Tyler
1997 Good Burger Dexter Reed
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Lewis
2002 Big Fat Liar Party Guest
2002 The Master of Disguise Guy on Computer
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Walter Colley
2003 My Boss's Daughter Hans
2004 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Kenard
2004 Fat Albert Fat Albert
2006 Snakes on a Plane Troy
2008 Space Chimps Ringmaster (voice)
2008 Wieners Wyatt
2009 Stan Helsing Teddy
2011 The Smurfs Greedy Smurf (voice)
2012 The Magic of Belle Isle Henry
2013 The Smurfs 2 Greedy Smurf (voice)
2014 They Came Together Teddy
2014 Opposite Sex Mitch
2016 Untitled Smurfs reboot Greedy Smurf (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994–1999 All That Various Roles Main role, 102 episodes
1996–1998 The Steve Harvey Show Junior 4 episodes
1996–2000 Kenan & Kel Kenan Rockmore Main role, 68 episodes
1997 Sister, Sister Trevor Episode: "Inherit the Twin"
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Guest Appearance, Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"
1999 The Amanda Show Himself Guest Appearance, Episode 1.1
Cousin Skeeter Kenan Rockmore Episode: "The Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West"
2001 Committed Bob the Dog 13 episodes
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kenan Rockmore Kenan & Kel TV movie
The Parkers Damon Episode: "Trading Places"
2001 Felicity DeForrest Ingram 4 Episodes
2002 Off Centre MC French 2 Episodes
2003–present Saturday Night Live Various Roles
2005 Wild 'N Out Himself Black Team Leader
2007 Crank Yankers Mark Thomas Episode 4.1
2009 Psych Joon Episode: "High Top Fade Out"
Sit Down, Shut Up Sue Sezno 13 Episodes
2011 iCarly Himself Episode: "iParty With Victorious"
The '90s Are All That Host
2013 Martha Speaks Stanley Episode: "Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold"
Guest star[8]
2013–present The Awesomes Austin "Impresario" Sullivan Voice
Year Title Notes
2004 Good Times Comedy album

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenan Thompson – IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kenan Thompson Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  3. ^ a b "Kenan Thompson Biography (1978–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Sit Down, Shut Up". Fox. Retrieved April 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ Fred Armisen Is Leaving 'SNL' Too, Jason Sudeikis "Probably"
  6. ^ Rebecca Macatee. "Saturday Night Live‍ '​s Kenan Thompson Gets Married!". US Weekly. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ Evelyn Diaz (June 23, 2014). "Kenan Thompson, Wife Welcome Baby Girl - It's the first child for the SNL comedian.". BET. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "PBS KIDS Debuts New Episodes & Online Content from ARTHUR and MARTHA SPEAKS – BWWTVWorld". Broadway World TV. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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