Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

Infobox Comedian
name = Kenan Thompson

imagesize =
caption = Thompson at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con
birth_name = Kenan Thompson
birth_date = birth date and age|1978|5|10
birth_place = Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
medium = television, film
nationality = American
active = 1994 ─ present
genre = Character comedy, Situation Comedy

Kenan Thompson (born May 10, 1978) is an American actor and comedian who is currently known for the titular role in "Fat Albert", as a regular cast member of "Saturday Night Live", as a former cast member of "All That" and for his starring role in the sitcom "Kenan & Kel". He resides both in New York City and Los Angeles. He ranks at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.


Early life

Kenan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Fletcher and Jefferey Thompson. [ [ Kenan Thompson Biography (1978-) ] ] He began acting at the age of five, appearing in the school play "My own Mama". [ [ Kenan Thompson Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] While Kenan attended Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, he began filming his first movie, "".

Film and TV career

Kenan has starred in several films including: "Good Burger" (1997), based on the "All That" sketch of the same name, playing Dexter Reed; and Fat Albert, in which he played the title character. He has also had supporting roles in the movies "Snakes on a Plane" (2006), "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003), ' (2004), "Heavyweights" (1995) and ' (1996).Kenan had a recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show as Junior, with co-star Kel Mitchell.


Thompson's first appearance was in "". Thompson got his first big break at age 16, when he started on Nickelodeon's "All That" from 1994 to 1999. He and co-star Kel Mitchell had their own spin-off television series "Kenan & Kel" which ran 1996 to 2000. In 2001, his official fan club was started. Thompson was also the host of the second season of Nickelodeon's animation showcase "Oh Yeah! Cartoons". Kenan also has a voice role in the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Mighty B!".

Saturday Night Live

In 2003, Thompson joined the cast as a featured player. At the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, Thompson was promoted to a repertory player.

Recurring Characters:
*Jake Denmont ("Appalachian Emergency Room")
*DJ Dynasty Handbag ("Deep House Dish")
*DJ Sugar Shock ("Rap Night")
*Barbara Birmingham
*Givindy ("Gays in Space")
*Malik (Starkisha's boyfriend)
*Marcus, interpreter to racist deaf comedian Ritchie B (Fred Armisen)
*Virginiaca Hastings ("Shopping With Virginiaca"), a black woman who bails her stepdaughters (variously played by hosts Jamie Pressly, Justin Timberlake, Scarlett Johansson, and Ellen Page) out of trouble (often by offering sexual favors).
*Reggie Hudson, the band leader and often butt of Dakota's jokes. ("The Dakota Fanning Show")
*Jean K. Jean, the French Def Jam comedian

Celebrity Impersonations:
*Esther Rolle (as Florida from the 1970s sitcom "Good Times")
*Maya Angelou
*Louis Armstrong
*Nick Ashford from Ashford and Simpson
*Leslie David Baker (as Stanley Hudson)
*Charles Barkley
*Barry Bonds
*Carol Moseley Braun
*Bobbi Kristina Brown
*Clarence Clemons
*George Clinton
*Gary Coleman
*Bill Cosby (also a recurring impersonation on "All That")
*Flava Flav
*Aretha Franklin
*Chappell Hartridge
*Doctor Dre
*Steve Harvey
*Michael Irvin
*Randy Jackson
*Star Jones
*Chaka Khan
*Don King
*Patti LaBelle
*Emmanuel Lewis
*Lil' Kim
*Bernie Mac
*Cynthia McKinney
*Wilma McNabb (football player Donovan McNabb's mother)
*William "The Refrigerator" Perry
*Colin Powell
*Al Roker
*Nipsey Russell
*Al Sharpton
*Lorena Porter Shelby (Klymaxx)
*Sammy Sosa
*Wanda Sykes
*Armstrong Williams
*Richard Williams
*Serena Williams
*Mrs. Butterworth
*O.J. Simpson
*Terrence J
*Willie Randolph
*Boyd Tinsley



*"" - 1994
*"Heavyweights" - 1995
*"" - 1996
*"Good Burger" - 1997
*"Two Heads Are Better Than None" - 2000
*"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" - 2000
*"Big Fat Liar" - 2002
*"The Master of Disguise" - 2002
*"My Boss's Daughter" - 2003
*"" - 2004
*"Fat Albert" - 2004
*"Love Don't Cost a Thing" - 2005
*"" - 2006
*"Snakes on a Plane" - 2006
*"The Ultimate Team" - 2007
*"Wieners" - 2007
*"Space Chimps" - 2008


*"All That" - 1994–1999
*"Kenan & Kel" - 1996–2000
*"The Amanda Show" - 1999 - guest appearance with Josh Server in the first episode.
*"Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal" - "4 Points"
*"Oh Yeah! Cartoons" - Host 1999–2000
*"Felicity" - 2001 guest appearance
*"The Steve Harvey Show" - guest appearance
*"Sister, Sister" - guest appearance
*"Saturday Night Live" - 2003 - present
*"The Parkers" - 2003 guest appearance
*"Wild 'N Out" - 2006 guest appearance
*"Crank Yankers" - 2007 guest appearance
*"Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards" - 2007 guest appearance
*"Sabrina The Teenage Witch" - guest appearance
*"1 vs 100 (in early 2009) - Host of Daytime version.Fact|date=January 2008
*"Cousin Skeeter" - guest appearance
*"The Mighty B!" (2008) - Voice

Other work

In 2002, Thompson recorded "The Good Times Comedy CD". He wrote the introduction for the book "Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul", as well as the short story entitled "The Little Notice" for "Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul".

Legal Issues

On March 27, 2008, Thompson was pulled over for driving erratically. The other passenger, Kyle Mosley, told the officer that they had marijuana, after the police officer asked. Thompson was charged with a minor motor vehicle violation while Mosley was charged with possession of marijuana. [ ]


External links

* [ Official website]
*imdb name|id=0860380|name=Kenan Thompson
* [ Photos from the TripRewards 2007 Ultimate Hotwing Eating Contest]
* [ Kenan Thompson] at the Notable Names Database

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