Kel Mitchell

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Kel Mitchell
Mitchell wearing Kenan & Kelsen F.C. jersey - 2014
BornKel Johari Rice Mitchell
(1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, US
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, writer, director, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Tyisha Hampton (m. 1999; div. 2005)
Asia Lee (m. 2012)
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Kel Mitchell
Mitchell wearing Kenan & Kelsen F.C. jersey - 2014
BornKel Johari Rice Mitchell
(1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, US
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, writer, director, producer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Tyisha Hampton (m. 1999; div. 2005)
Asia Lee (m. 2012)

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, 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 one season.

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 recently 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.

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 devout Christian.[6]


1994All ThatHimselfTV series; regular (1994–1999)
1996Kenan & KelKel KimbleTV series; lead (1996–2000)
The Steve Harvey ShowVincentTV series; 4 episodes (1996–1998) alongside Kenan Thompson
1997Sister, SisterToddTV series; 1 episode, "Inherit the Twin" alongside Kenan Thompson
Good BurgerEd
1998Sabrina, the Teenage WitchHimselfTV series; 1 episode, "Sabrina's Choice" alongside Kenan Thompson
1999Mystery MenInvisible Boy
Cousin SkeeterKel KimbleTV series; 2 episodes, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West Parts 1 & 2"
2000Two Heads Are Better Than NoneKel KimbleTV film, series finale of Kenan & Kel
Nash BridgesStephen Dick ClarkTV series; 1 episode, "Hit and Run"
The Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleMartin
The Power of One: The Pokémon 2000 Movie SpecialHostTV movie
Clifford the Big Red DogT-Bone (voice)TV series (2000–2003)
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (2001–2002)
City GuysMalcolmTV series; 1 episode, "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
2001TV series; 1 episode, "Dances with Malcolm"
The Proud FamilyCarlos (voice)TV series; 1 episode, "Forbidden Date"
2003The ParkersFreddyTV series; 3 episodes
2004Clifford's Really Big MovieT-Bone (voice)
Dance 360Co-HostTV series
Clifford's Puppy DaysBill Mazer (voice)TV series; 2 episodes
Kel Videos Live – This Face Belongs on the TubehimselfDVD
Kel Videos Live – Is That the Mitchell's Boy?himselfDVD
Half & HalfMarlonTV series; 1 episode, "The Big Not So Loyal Family Episode"
2005All ThatHimselfTV series; 1 episode, "10th Anniversary Reunion Special"
GankedRicky BarryVideo
Complete SavagesSidTV series; 1 episode, "The Complete Savages in.. 'Hot Water'"
One on OneMannyTV series; 6 episodes (2005–2006)
2006Where Is Love WaitingTony
Like Mike 2: StreetballRayVideo
2007Polly and MarieKevinTV movie
2008Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2CurtisVideo
See Dick RunRich Jones
Nite Tales: The SeriesMarty MacTV series; 1 episode, "Ima Star"
No WarningCornrollPre-Production
Caught on TapeMarlonPost-Production
2010Pink Panther and PalsAnt (voice)TV series; regular
2011Dance FuChicago Pulaski Jones/Pretty Eyed WillyVideo, Co-writer and co-producer
Battle of Los AngelesLt. Tyler LaughlinVideo
Good Luck CharlieM.C.TV series; 1 episode, "Battle of the Bands"
2012MotorcityDutchTV series; Regular
Wild GrindersJay JayTV series; Regular
2013Caught on TapeMarlon
Sam & CatPeezy B[7]TV series; 1 episode, "#PeezyB"
2014The ThundermansSenseiTV series: 1 episode, "Have An Ice Birthday"
Loiter SquadHimself
Liv & MaddieQ popTV series: 1 episode, "Howl-A-Rooney"

Other appearances[edit]

1998The Rosie O'Donnell ShowHimself
Figure It OutHimself / Panelist
1999Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99Himself
The Amanda ShowHimselfTV series; 1 episode
2000Spotlight on Location: Mystery MenHimself
2002The Nick Cannon ShowHimselfTV series; 1 episode, "Nick Takes Over Style"
2005My Coolest YearsHimselfTV series; 1 episode, "The Rich Kids"
Kanye West: College Dropout – Video AnthologyPorterSegment, "All Falls Down"
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own WordsHimself
2006I Love ToysHimself
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry LaterHimself
2008Attack of the Show!Wayne-Bo, McHammer, and othersSegment, "Weeding Wayne-Bo", "McHammer", and others.
2009Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black ComedyHimself
2010Freaknik: The MusicalVarious characters




  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. ^ "The Official Site of Kel Mitchell – Save a Life". 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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