Kel Mitchell

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Kel Mitchell
Kel Mitchell Photo Op GalaxyCon Richmond 2019.jpg
Mitchell in 2019
Kel Johari Rice Mitchell

(1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 42)
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • musician
  • singer
  • rapper
Years active1994–present
  • Tyisha Hampton
    (m. 1999⁠–⁠2005)
  • Asia Lee
    (m. 2012)

Kel Johari Rice Mitchell (born August 25, 1978)[1] is an American actor, stand-up comedian, musician, singer, and rapper.[2] He is 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 Ray in the 2006 sequel to Like Mike, Like Mike 2: Streetball. He also starred as Double G on the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers. Mitchell was on Dancing with the Stars on the 28th season and placed 2nd alongside his partner Witney Carson.


Kel Mitchell along with Kenan Thompson both started their acting career both at the age of 15, in the Nickelodeon comedy sketch series, All That, from 1994 to 1999. They both also starred in the series Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2000. They also starred in the 1997 film, 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, four 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 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. From 2005 until 2006, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One, 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 to his Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson.

Mitchell was the subject of a death hoax in 2006, when a rumor was spread around Myspace.[3]

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,[4] 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.[5]

Mitchell made an appearance on the Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat as a rap artist named Peezy B, in the episode titled "#Peezy B".[6]

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.[7]

Mitchell also starred in the Cartoon Network's Loiter Squad in 2015[8] and TV One's Love That Girl,[9][10] as well as writing and directing the inspirational film, She Is Not My Sister and several music videos.[11][12]

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 co-star 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.[13] Mitchell is also a recurring cast member.

Mitchell is the host of the heart-warming TV series Tails of Valor, which takes a look at true stories of service animals working to change people's lives.[14]

Also in 2019, Mitchell competed as a celebrity contestant on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars,[15] and finished in second place.

In December, he became a Youth Pastor at Spirit Food Christian Center in Winnetka, Los Angeles.[16][17][18]

In November 2020, it was announced that Mitchell would be one of the panelist for MTV's Ridiculousness spinoff, Deliciousness.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up on the South Side.[20] He attended Chicago Vocational High School and took drama classes at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation.[21] Mitchell also has two sisters, Kenyatta and Kyra.[22] He is a convert to Christianity.[23]

He was married to Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell for six years until their divorce in 2005. Mitchell and Hampton have two children together, a son born in 1999 and a daughter born in 2002.[24] Mitchell married rapper Asia Lee on February 25, 2012.[25] The two have a daughter together, born in July 2017.[26] In May 2020, Mitchell and Lee announced they were expecting their second child.[24] Mitchell welcomed his fourth child, his second with Lee, in October 2020.[27]

Mitchell and his wife received an award from the Carson Black Chamber in 2016 for their show The Back House Party.[28] He is the spokesperson for Black College Expo.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Himself 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 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kel Kimble Television film
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 Dance 360 Himself Co-host
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
2012 Good Luck Charlie M.C. Episode: "Battle of the Bands"
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 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"[30]
2019 Tails of Valor/Best Friends Furever Himself Host[31]
2019–present 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 Runner-up (season 28)
2020 The Substitute Himself Episode: "Kel Mitchell"
2020 Unfiltered Himself Episode: "This Planet is Cuckoo!"
2020 Deliciousness Himself Panelist


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Ed
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
2007 Honeydripper Junebug
2008 Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2 Curtis Direct-to-video film
2009 N.C.B.S. Brannen
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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
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


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