Kel Johari Rice Mitchell
August 25, 1978
Kel Johari Rice Mitchell (born August 25, 1978) is an American actor and comedian. He was an original cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That for its first five seasons (1994–1999), where he was often paired with Kenan Thompson. His role as Ed in the All That sketch was reprised for the 1997 theatrical film Good Burger. He portrayed Kel Kimble on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2000. Mitchell was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his role as T-Bone in the 2000s animated series Clifford the Big Red Dog in both 2001 and 2002 respectively. From 2015 to 2019, he starred as Double G on the Nickelodeon comedy series Game Shakers.
Mitchell was born August 25, 1978, in Chicago, Illinois, and is from the South Side. He attended Chicago Vocational High School and took drama classes at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. He has two sisters, Kenyatta and Kyra.
Mitchell started his acting career alongside Kenan Thompson at the age of 15, in the Nickelodeon comedy sketch series, All That, from 1994 to 1999. He and Thompson worked on the series Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2000. They starred in the 1997 film, Good Burger, which grew out of one of Mitchell's sketches from All That. The duo appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and 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 made an appearance in the 2004 Kanye West music video "All Falls Down" as a valet. Mitchell co-hosted Dance 360 with Fredro Starr; the show lasted for only one season. From 2005 until 2006, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One, and in 2007 Mitchell starred in BET's Take the Cake. Some of his other credits include Honeydripper and Mystery Men. He auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 2003, but lost to his Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson. In 2006, Mitchell was the subject of a death hoax, when a rumor was spread around Myspace.
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 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 has appeared in numerous panels of the same kind since, including at New York Comic Con in 2015, and filmed segments with them for the show's 22nd anniversary celebration on The Splat in April 2016. Mitchell guest starred on Sam & Cat as rapper Peezy B, in the episode "#Peezy B".
Mitchell was a cast member on Dan Schneider's sitcom, Game Shakers, which premiered on Nickelodeon on September 12, 2015. Mitchell played the role of rap superstar and business partner of the Game Shakers company, Double G. Mitchell also starred in the Cartoon Network's Loiter Squad in 2015, and TV One's Love That Girl!, as well as writing and directing the inspirational film, She Is Not My Sister and several music videos.
On September 23, 2015, Mitchell appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in a skit featuring his iconic role as Ed from Good Burger. Mitchell was also reunited with his former Kenan & Kel costar Kenan Thompson, who reprised his role as "Lester Oakes, Construction Worker". They later competed against one another in an episode of the revived Nickelodeon game show Double Dare that aired in November 2018. They also teamed as executive producers for the reboot of All That which premiered in June 2019 and ran until 2020. Mitchell also returned as a recurring cast member.
Mitchell hosted the TV series Tails of Valor, which focused on true stories of service animals whose work has changed people's lives. Also in 2019, Mitchell competed as a celebrity contestant on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars, and finished in second place. Starting in December 2020, Mitchell appeared as a panelists for MTV's Ridiculousness spinoff, Deliciousness.
In 2022, Mitchell released a book entitled, Blessed Mode: 90 Days to Level Up Your Faith, available physically, digitally, and as an audiobook. A song titled, "Blessed Mode", was later released to streaming services like Spotify and iTunes. He and wife Asia also competed in an episode of Guy's Grocery Games against Ross Mathews.
The same year, Mitchell would team up with Thompson once more on Saturday Night Live for the "Kenan and Kelly" sketch in the December 3, 2022, episode hosted by Keke Palmer. He also starred in the VH1 television movie All I Didn't Want For Christmas with Gabourey Sidibe, which premiered on December 7.
Mitchell was married to Tyisha Hampton from 1999 until their divorce in 2005. They have two children together, a son and a daughter. Tyisha Mitchell helped out his career by creating Kel Videos Live (KVL), and Ganked, which she wrote and produced for Kel.
|1994–1999||All That||various||Main role (seasons 1–5)|
|1996–2000||Kenan & Kel||Kel Kimble||Lead role|
|1996–1998||The Steve Harvey Show||Vincent||4 episodes|
|1997||Sister, Sister||Todd||Episode: "Inherit the Twin"|
|1998||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Kel Kimble||Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"|
|1998–1999||Figure It Out||Himself||Panelist|
|1999||The Amanda Show||Himself||Episode: "Episode 1"|
|1999||Cousin Skeeter||Kel Kimble||Episode: "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|2000||Nash Bridges||Stephen Dick Clark||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|2000–2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog||T-Bone||Main voice role|
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (2001, 2002)
|2000–2001||City Guys||Malcolm||Episodes: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do", "Dances with Malcolm"|
|2001||The Proud Family||Carlos||Voice role; episode: "Forbidden Date"|
|2002||The Nick Cannon Show||Himself||Episode: "Nick Takes Over Style"|
|2003||The Parkers||Freddy||3 episodes|
|2004||Clifford's Puppy Days||Bill Mazer||Voice role, 2 episodes|
|2004||Half & Half||Marlon||Episode: "The Big Not So Loyal Family Episode"|
|2005||My Coolest Years||Himself||Episode: "The Rich Kids"|
|2005||Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words||Himself||Television special|
|2005||All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special||Himself||Television special|
|2005||Complete Savages||Sid||Episode: "The Complete Savages in... 'Hot Water'"|
|2005–2006||One on One||Manny Sellers||Recurring role, 6 episodes|
|2007||Polly and Marie||Kevin||Television film|
|2008||Attack of the Show!||Wayne-Bo||Episode #1.767|
|2009||Nite Tales: The Series||Marty Mac||Episode: "Ima Star"|
|2010||Freaknik: The Musical||various characters||Voice role; television special|
|2010||Pink Panther and Pals||Ant||Main voice role|
|2011||Good Luck Charlie||M.C.||Episode: "Battle of the Bands"|
|2012||The Game||Diesel / Darius "Blaque" Holt||Episode: "The Black People Episode"|
|2012||Motorcity||Dutch||Main voice role|
|2012||The First Family||Shady / Swash||Episodes: "The First Makeover", "The First Embarrassment"|
|2012–2015||Wild Grinders||Jay Jay||Main voice role|
|2013||Sam & Cat||Peezy B||Episode: "#PeezyB"|
|2014||The Thundermans||Sensei||Episode: "Have An Ice Birthday"|
|2014||Friends of the People||Kel||Episode: "Hustle Gods"|
|2014||Liv & Maddie||Q pop||Episode: "Howl-A-Rooney"|
|2015||Ridin' with Burgess||Lamar||Voice role; episode: Pilot|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Himself / various||Voice role; episode: "Fridge Smell"|
|2015||VeggieTales in the House||Tiny Pea and Mr. Pea||Voice role|
|2015–2019||Game Shakers||Double G||Main role|
|2016||Double Dare Anniversary Special||Himself||Contestant in first game filmed at San Diego Comic-Con|
|2017||Henry Danger||Double G||Crossover special: "Danger Games"|
|2017||90's House||Himself||Episode: "The One With the Sitcom"|
|2018||Wild 'N Out||Himself||Episode: "All That Takeover"|
|2018||Double Dare||Himself||Contestant; episode: "Team Kel vs. Team Kenan"|
|2019||Tails of Valor/Best Friends Furever||Himself||Host|
|2019–2020||All That||various||Recurring role; also executive producer (season 11)|
|2019||SpongeBob SquarePants||Beans McBeans / Himself||Television special: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"|
|2019||Dancing with the Stars||Himself||Contestant: runner-up (season 28)|
|2019||South Side||Himself||Episode: "Mild Sauce Meatballs"|
|2020||The Substitute||Himself||Episode: "Kel Mitchell"|
|2020||Unfiltered||Himself||Episode: "This Planet is Cuckoo!"|
|2021||Adventures in Christmasing||N/A||Television film|
|2022||Guy's Grocery Games||Himself||Contestant; Episode: "Comedy Couples Cookoff"|
|2022||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Keke Palmer/SZA"|
|2022||All I Didn't Want For Christmas||Wolf||Television film|
|1999||Mystery Men||Invisible Boy|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||Martin|
|2004||Kel Videos Live – This Face Belongs on the Tube||Himself||Direct-to-video film|
|2004||Kel Videos Live – Is That the Mitchell's Boy?||Himself||Direct-to-video film|
|2004||Clifford's Really Big Movie||T-Bone||Voice role|
|2005||Ganked||Ricky Barry||Direct-to-video film|
|2006||Like Mike 2: Streetball||Ray||Direct-to-video film|
|2006||Where Is Love Waiting||Tony|
|2008||Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2||Curtis||Direct-to-video film|
|2009||See Dick Run||Rich Jones|
|2011||Dance Fu||Chicago Pulaski Jones/Pretty Eyed Willy||Direct-to-video film; also co-writer and co-producer|
|2011||Battle of Los Angeles||Lt. Tyler Laughlin||Direct-to-video film|
|2013||Caught on Tape||Marlon|
|2023||Good Burger 2||Ed||Filming|
|1996||"Watch Me Do My Thing"||Immature||Performed a few verses on the song, along with Smooth|
|1999||"All Star"||Smash Mouth||Song was Featured in Mystery Men in which Mitchell appeared|
|2004||"All Falls Down"||Kanye West||Cameo Appearance|
|2017||"Young Dumb & Broke"||Khalid||Cook|
- 1995: "Chillin" (by Aftermath feat. Kel Mitchell) from All That live performance on April 1, 1995
- 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 and Simbi Khali) from the Mystery Men soundtrack
- 1999: "Pedal to the Steel" (by Youngstown featuring Kel Mitchell) from Youngstown's Let's Roll
- 2015: "Kel Mitchell" (by Spec featuring Asia Lee and Kel Mitchell) from Spec Vacancy
- 2022: "Blessed Mode" (by Kel Mitchell featuring nobigdyl and Scootie Wop)
- 2023: "Go Time" (by Kel Mitchell)
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I'm from the South Side of Chicago...
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- Mitchell, Kel [@iamkelmitchell] (February 21, 2019). "It's the truth!! #AllThat is back!! Get ready! Get Set! My bro @kenanthompson and I are about to take this to a whole new level! Now that's All That! #blessedlife #Nickelodeon #kenanandkel #teamJesus #executiveproducers #allthatisback 🤯💯🔥🙏🏾💪🏾" (Tweet). Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via Twitter.
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- "MTV's Ridiculousness Spinoff is Guaranteed to Make You Hungry—And Make You Laugh". November 23, 2020.
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- Kel Mitchell [@iamkelmitchell] (April 13, 2022). "So much fun!!!!! Watch tonight on @GuyFieri #grocerygames awesome time with my love @therealasialee" (Tweet). Retrieved April 13, 2022 – via Twitter.
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- ""CBS DREAM TEAM… IT'S EPIC!" ADDS NEW SERIES TO ITS SATURDAY MORNING LINEUP". CBS Press Express (Press release). CBS. December 5, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
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