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 36)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Christina Evangeline (m. 2011)
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Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson 2012 (cropped).jpg
Thompson in May 2012
Born(1978-05-10) May 10, 1978 (age 36)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Christina Evangeline (m. 2011)

Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978)[1] is an American actor and comedian. He is best 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 in the sitcom Kenan & Kel and the films Good Burger and Fat Albert. 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 one sibling, Kevin Thompson. 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, 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 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 1970). Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 108, beating Darrell Hammond's previous record of 107.

Personal life[edit]

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


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


1994D2: The Mighty DucksRuss Tyler
1996D3: The Mighty DucksRuss Tyler
1997Good BurgerDexter Reed
2000The Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleLewis
2002Big Fat LiarParty Guest
2002The Master of DisguiseGuy on Computer
2003Love Don't Cost a ThingWalter Colley
2003My Boss's DaughterHans
2004Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessKenard
2004Fat AlbertFat Albert
2006Snakes on a PlaneTroy
2008Space ChimpsRingmaster (voice)
2009Stan HelsingTeddy
2011The SmurfsGreedy Smurf (voice)
2012The Magic of Belle IsleHenry
2013The Smurfs 2Greedy Smurf (voice)
2016Untitled Smurfs rebootGreedy Smurf (voice)


1994–1999All ThatVarious RolesMain role, 102 episodes
1996–1998The Steve Harvey ShowJunior4 episodes
1996–2000Kenan & KelKenan RockmoreMain role, 68 episodes
1997Sister, SisterTrevorEpisode: "Inherit the Twin"
1998Sabrina, the Teenage WitchHimselfGuest Appearance, Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"
1999The Amanda ShowHimselfGuest Appearance, Episode 1.1
Cousin SkeeterKenan RockmoreEpisode: "The Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West"
1999–2000Oh Yeah! CartoonsHost
2000Two Heads Are Better Than NoneKenan RockmoreKenan & Kel TV movie
The ParkersDamonEpisode: "Trading Places"
2001FelicityDeForrest Ingram4 Episodes
2002Off CentreMC French2 Episodes
2003–presentSaturday Night LiveVarious Roles
2005Wild 'N OutHimselfBlack Team Leader
2007Crank YankersMark ThomasEpisode 4.1
2009PsychJoonEpisode: "High Top Fade Out"
Sit Down, Shut UpSue Sezno13 Episodes
2011iCarlyHimselfEpisode: iParty With Victorious
The '90s Are All ThatHost
2013Martha SpeaksStanleyEpisode: Stanley Saves The Day/Milo Goes For Gold
Guest star[8]
2013–presentThe AwesomesAustin "Impresario" SullivanVoice
2004Good TimesComedy album


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