Kel Mitchell

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Kel Mitchell
Mitchell in 2014
Born Kel Johari Rice Mitchell
(1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 37)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, dancer, musician, writer, director, producer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Tyisha Hampton (m. 1999; div. 2005)
Asia Lee (m. 2012)
Children 2

Kel Johari Rice Mitchell (born August 25, 1978)[1] is an American actor, comedian, dancer, musician, screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for his work as a regular cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That, as the Invisible Boy in the 1999 Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush superhero satire film Mystery Men, his portrayal of Kel Kimble on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, his role as Ed in the film and All That sketch Good Burger, as the voice of Dutch in the Disney XD cartoon Motorcity, and as the voice of Jay Jay in the Nicktoons cartoon Wild Grinders. Additionally, he co-hosted with Fredro Starr on the short-lived dance program Dance 360 that lasted for only one season. In 2015, Kel got a role in Dan Schneider's newest show, Game Shakers, that premieres September 12.

Acting career[edit]

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson starred in the series Kenan & Kel from 1996–2000, as well as a 1997 major motion picture, titled Good Burger, which grew out of one of his sketches from All That. The duo also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, a few episodes of The Steve Harvey show, and they appeared in a special two-part episode of Cousin Skeeter. They were also featured in an episode of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch".

Outside of his ventures with Kenan Thompson, Mitchell provided the voice of a mild-mannered and playful dog named T-Bone in the children's cartoon series Clifford the Big Red Dog, alongside John Ritter, from 2000 to 2003. Additionally, he also made an appearance in the 2004 Kanye West music video All Falls Down as a luggage collecting valet. Mitchell co-hosted Dance 360 with Fredro Starr; the show lasted for only one season. In 2005, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One with Kyla Pratt, and in 2007 Mitchell starred in BET's new series Take the Cake. Some of his other credits include Honeydripper and Mystery Men.

He auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 2003 but lost out to his Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson, who became the first cast member to be younger than the show itself (Thompson was born in 1978, three years after Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC).

Mitchell was the subject of a death hoax in 2006, when a rumor was spread around Myspace.[2]

In March 2008, he filmed his writing and producing debut, Dance Fu, in which he also starred as the lead role. Also in 2008, Mitchell appeared in two Detroit-based stage productions, Affairs and Laundromat, the latter written by Carlos Faison and also starred comedian Buddy Lewis, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons of R&B group SWV, celebrity impersonator/stage actor Matt Macis, and accomplished vocalist and performer Lauren "Lexxi" Alexis. Mitchell was a part of G4's Attack of the Show!, playing various characters. He also has a recurring role on the PBS Kids show Curious George.

Mitchell appeared at the 2011 Comikaze Expo with several of his All That cast members, and recited his orange soda catchphrase from Kenan & Kel.[3]

Mitchell has recently made an appearance on the Nickelodeon TV show Sam and Cat as a rap artist named Peezy B, and on TruTV comedy sketch show Friends of the People as himself.

In 2015, Kel started a new Nickelodeon project, and on July 7, it turned out to be Dan Schneider's newest series, Game Shakers, that is set to premiere in September 2015. Mitchell will play the role of rap-superstar and business partner of the company, Double G.

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell was married to Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell for six years until their divorce in 2005. During that time, the couple had two children – a daughter, Allure, and a son, Lyric. Mitchell also has two sisters, Kenyatta and Kyra.[4] He remarried on January 8, 2012 to rapper Asia Lee.[5] He is a converted Christian.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 All That Himself TV series; regular (1994–1999)
1996 Kenan & Kel Kel Kimble TV series; lead (1996–2000)
The Steve Harvey Show Vincent TV series; 4 episodes (1996–1998) alongside Kenan Thompson
1997 Sister, Sister Todd TV series; 1 episode, "Inherit the Twin" alongside Kenan Thompson
Good Burger Ed
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself TV series; 1 episode, "Sabrina's Choice" alongside Kenan Thompson
1999 Mystery Men Invisible Boy
Cousin Skeeter Kel Kimble TV series; 2 episodes, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West Parts 1 & 2"
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None TV film, series finale of Kenan & Kel
Nash Bridges Stephen Dick Clark TV series; 1 episode, "Hit and Run"
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Martin
The Power of One: The Pokémon 2000 Movie Special Host TV movie
Clifford the Big Red Dog T-Bone (voice) TV series (2000–2003)
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (2001–2002)
2000, 2001 City Guys Malcolm TV series; "Makin' Up is Hard to Do" and "Dances with Malcolm"
2001 The Proud Family Carlos (voice) TV series; 1 episode, "Forbidden Date"
2003 The Parkers Freddy TV series; 3 episodes
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie T-Bone (voice)
Dance 360 Co-Host TV series
Clifford's Puppy Days Bill Mazer (voice) TV series; 2 episodes
Kel Videos Live – This Face Belongs on the Tube Himself DVD
Kel Videos Live – Is That the Mitchell's Boy?
Half & Half Marlon TV series; 1 episode, "The Big Not So Loyal Family Episode"
2005 All That Himself TV series; 1 episode, "10th Anniversary Reunion Special"
Ganked Ricky Barry Video
Complete Savages Sid TV series; 1 episode, "The Complete Savages in.. 'Hot Water'"
2005-2006 One on One Manny TV series; 6 episodese
2006 Where Is Love Waiting Tony
Like Mike 2: Streetball Ray Video
2007 Polly and Marie Kevin TV movie
Honeydripper Junebug
2008 Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2 Curtis Video
2009 N.C.B.S. Brannen
ledge (1991–present) See Dick Run Rich Jones
Nite Tales: The Series Marty Mac TV series; 1 episode, "Ima Star"
No Warning Cornroll Pre-Production
Caught on Tape Marlon Post-Production
2010 Pink Panther and Pals Ant (voice) TV series; regular
2011 Dance Fu Chicago Pulaski Jones/Pretty Eyed Willy Video, Co-writer and co-producer
Battle of Los Angeles Lt. Tyler Laughlin Video
Good Luck Charlie M.C. TV series; 1 episode, "Battle of the Bands"
2012 Motorcity Dutch (voice) TV series; Regular
Wild Grinders Jay Jay (voice)
2013 Caught on Tape Marlon
Sam & Cat Peezy B[7] TV series; 1 episode, "#PeezyB"
2014 The Thundermans Sensei TV series: 1 episode, "Have An Ice Birthday"
Loiter Squad Himself
Liv & Maddie Q pop TV series: 1 episode, "Howl-A-Rooney"
2015 Ridin' with Burgess Lamar (voice) Pilot
Game Shakers Double G Lead role/ Newest TV series from Dan Schneider starting September

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself
Figure It Out Himself / Panelist
1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99 Himself
The Amanda Show TV series; 1 episode
2000 Spotlight on Location: Mystery Men
2002 The Nick Cannon Show TV series; 1 episode, "Nick Takes Over Style"
2005 My Coolest Years TV series; 1 episode, "The Rich Kids"
Kanye West: College Dropout – Video Anthology Porter Segment, "All Falls Down"
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words Himself
2006 I Love Toys
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later
2008 Attack of the Show! Wayne-Bo, McHammer, and others Segment, "Weeding Wayne-Bo", "McHammer", and others.
2009 Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Himself
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Various characters
2015 VeggieTales in the House Tiny Pea Voice; "You, Me & Tiny Pea" (Season 1, Episode 14)



  • (1996) "Watch Me Do My Thing" (by Immature featuring Smooth and Kel Mitchell) from All That: The Album
  • (1997) "We're All Dudes" (by Less Than Jake and Kel Mitchell) from the Good Burger soundtrack
  • (1999) "Who Are Those Mystery Men" (by Kel Mitchell and the M.A.F.T. Emcees featuring Romaine Jones) from the Mystery Men soundtrack
  • (1999) "Pedal to the Steel" (by Youngstown featuring Kel Mitchell) from Youngstown's Let's Roll


  1. ^ "Kel Mitchell Biography (1978–)". film reference. Retrieved December 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ Gideon Resnick (December 19, 2013). "Whatever Happened to Kel From Kenan & Kel—as Explained by Kel". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "All That panel: Kel loves Orange soda". YouTube. November 6, 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Kel Mitchell Profile". Superior Pics. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Williams, Nakisha (February 29, 2012). "Actor Kel Mitchell Jumps the Broom With Rapper Asia Lee". BET. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  6. ^ "My Testimony - The Official Website of Kel Mitchell". February 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  7. ^ Kel Mitchell Returns To His Nickelodeon Roots On 'Sam And Cat' This Fall
  8. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 

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