When I heard that Kenan Thompson was joining the cast of Saturday Night Live ten years ago, my reaction was the same as everyone else’s: “Kenan and Kel! Kenan and Kel! Oh my gawd, it’s Kenan from Kenan and Kel!” I can’t believe it’s already been ten years, mostly because I’m at a time in my life where I can’t believe I remember things that happened ten whole years ago. Kenan Thompson, was just 16 when he started out as an actor on All That (or, SNL for kids) and today he turns 35! (By the way, don’t look up All That on Wikipedia. It will lead you down a strange path and before you know it you’re demanding to know what the f happened to Lori Beth Denberg.)
We live in a post-Lohan world where the transition from successful child star to successful adult star is something that is watched closely and is pretty hard to achieve. We hear about the successes (ex. Justin Timberlake) and the failures (ex. Amanda Bynes), but I’ve never even heard Kenan Thompson brought up in this conversation I think the only reason can be that he’s done such a good job at it that he isn’t even thought of that way. When I hear the name Kenan Thompson I think SNL, not Nickelodeon. I think that’s pretty impressive.
In honor of Kenan’s birthday, we’ve decided to take a look at his best, worst, and frustratingly okay sketches from his ten years at Saturday Night Live.
How I feel about this can only be described using the word blegggghhhhh. How dare they use the name of my lovely home state in this way! Also, I watched this particular Virginiaca sketch (yes, they did it more than once) for a good minute and a half trying to figure out who the other lady was when it dawned on me. Holy cow, Blake Lively! Look at her go! Whaaaattttt???
This is one of those where I wonder why they’ve done this sketch so many times. Seriously, they’ve done it at least seven times. I looked it up. It’s not funny and it always goes on way to long. Do people like this?
The Frustratingly Okay
What’s Up With That?
Is What’s Up With That ridiculous? Yes. Has it been done too many times? Absolutely. Is it funny? I don’t know anymore!! I often find myself singing the What’s Up With That theme song around my apartment and doing the Jason Sudekis red Adidas tracksuit dance. And it’s totally against my will. I don’t want to like this, but it’s extremely catchy which is why I had to make it it’s own category.
Jean K. Jean
I might be alone on this one, but I think Jean K. Jean is really awesome. The type of jokes Def Jam comics actually make combined with jokes about French people, foie gras, and the Euro. Zut alors!
I love Kenan as Whoopi Goldberg on The View. The Whoopi face is great as are the Croc jokes. Whoopi is not as quotable as Joy Behar‘s (Fred Armisen) “So what? Who cares?”, but I love her/him just the same.
So, what do you guys think? Did I miss any great Kenan skits? Do you LOVE Virginiaca and thus hate me? Share your faves in the comments!
(Photo: Jeff Grossman/WENN)