Kenan Thompson

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Comedian • Actor

Birth Date: May 10, 1978

Age: 46 years old

Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia

Best known for his long and celebrated tenure on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-), Kenan Thompson was in the public eye since his teens. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978, Thompson took an interest in performing as a child, regularly auditioning for local commercials. His big break came at the age of 15 when he was cast on a sketch comedy series aimed at kids called "All That" (Nickelodeon, 1994-2000). Thompson immediately became a hit with viewers, and his collaborations with fellow castmate Kel Mitchell spawned the spin-off movie "Good Burger" (1996) as well as a separate series, "Kenan & Kel" (Nickelodeon, 1996-2000). Just three years after both shows wrapped, Thompson moved up the ranks to join the cast of "SNL." Thompson's contributions slowly but surely made him an integral part of the show, with sketches like "What Up with That" and "Black Jeopardy" quickly becoming audience favorites. Though he would remain with "SNL" for more than 15 years, Thompson took on other projects during the series' yearly hiatus, starring in the big screen adaptation of "Fat Albert" (2004), appearing with Samuel L. Jackson in the cult hit "Snakes on a Plane" (2006), and starring with Zachary Levi in the comedy "Weiners" (2008). Thompson appeared as a judge on the reality competition "Bring the Funny" (NBC 2019- ).

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Nature Cat: Nature Cat's Nature Movie Special Extraordinaire

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2023 Back That Year Up with Kevin Hart and Kenan ThompsonStream

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Live with Kelly and MarkStream

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Byron Allen Presents: The Comedy and Music Superfest

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A Toast to 2022!

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Nick Cannon

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Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2021

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All ThatStream

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The Opposite Sex

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The Real

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The Wendy Williams Show

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Wieners

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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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iCarlyStream

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PsychStream

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America's Got TalentStream

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Snakes on a PlaneStream

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Troy
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The Martha Stewart Show

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie

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Rugrats: Tales From the Crib: Snow White

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Fat Albert

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Barbershop 2: Back in BusinessStream

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Public Lighting

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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My Boss's DaughterStream

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Love Don't Cost a ThingStream

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Crank YankersStream

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The Master of Disguise

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Off Centre

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The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

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Two Heads Are Better Than None

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Dos Cabezas son Mejor que Una

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The ParkersStream

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FelicityStream

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The View

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Sabrina the Teenage WitchStream

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The Steve Harvey ShowStream

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Heavyweights

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All ThatStream

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D2: The Mighty Ducks

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News aboutKenan Thompson

Dua Lipa, Jerry Seinfeld on 'Saturday Night Live'

‘SNL’: Dua Lipa Hosts & Jerry Seinfeld Cameos — See Highlights (VIDEO)

Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes

Kenan Thompson Speaks Out About Amanda Bynes Amid ‘Quiet On Set’ Revelations

Scarlett Johansson as Katie Britt on 'SNL'

‘SNL’: Scarlett Johansson Mocks Katie Britt’s Bizarre State of the Union Rebuttal (VIDEO)

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‘Good Burger 2’: Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell on Playing Dex & Ed Again and Hijinks (VIDEO)

Kel Mitchell as Ed and Kenan Thompson as Dexter in 'Good Burger 2'

‘Good Burger 2’ Trailer Reveals Robot Threat, Plus See Original Cast Return (PHOTOS)

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Kenan Thompson Joined ‘SNL’ 20 Years Ago: 10 Highlights From His Run (VIDEO)

Scott Foley, Keri Russell, and Scott Speedman of 'Felicity'

‘Felicity’ Turns 25: See 13 Stars Who Guest Starred on the Show

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‘Good Burger 2’: Paramount+ Sets Date for Return of Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell Classic Combo (PHOTO)

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell in 'Good Burger 2'

‘Good Burger 2’ Teaser: Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell Are Back to Take Your Order (VIDEO)

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Happy National Donut Day! See Bethenny Frankel & More TV Stars Celebrate (PHOTOS)

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See Kenan & Kel Reunite in New Photos From the ‘Good Burger 2’ Set

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Kenan Thompson Says Pete Davidson Hosting ‘SNL’ Makes for a ‘Fun, Easy Week’

Lori Beth Denberg, Danny Tamberelli, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell attend the ALL THAT Panel at 90’s Con on March 18, 2023 in Hartford, CT

See the Stars of ‘Buffy,’ ‘90210,’ ‘Charmed’ & ‘All That’ Reunite at ’90s Con (PHOTOS)

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Shannen Doherty Defends ‘Charmed’ Reboot After Fan Backlash

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson in 'Good Burger' in 1997

‘Good Burger 2’ With Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell Ordered at Paramount+

Saturday Night Live - Austin Butler and Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong Exits ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Austin Butler Sings “Blue Christmas” (VIDEO)

Ellen Pompeo, Noah Schnapp, Mariska Hargitay at People's Choice Awards 2022

People’s Choice Awards 2022: Complete List of Winners

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Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Reunite for Dramatic ‘Kenan & Kel’ Sketch on ‘SNL’ (VIDEO)

Saturday Night Live - James Austin Johnson as Donald Trump

‘SNL’ Imagines Twitter’s Content Moderation in the Elon Musk Era

(L-R) Kenan Thompson, Charlie Day, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett

‘Bupkis’: Kenan Thompson, Charlie Day, Ray Romano & More to Guest Star in Pete Davidson Comedy

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Kel Mitchell Talks ‘Emmys’ Reunion With Kenan Thompson

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Critic’s Notebook: Big Grrls and Empowered Women Triumph at 2022 Emmys

Kenan Thompson and Kumail Nanjiani at Emmys

2022 Emmys Stages Way Too Short ‘Kenan & Kel’ Reunion (VIDEO)

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Kenan Thompson’s Emmys TV Theme Musical Opener Features ‘Brady Bunch’ Reunion & More

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Kenan Thompson to Host 2022 Emmys on NBC and Peacock

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Kenan Thompson Clears the Air Over Samuel L. Jackson’s Supposed ‘SNL’ Ban (VIDEO)

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‘Kenan,’ ‘Mr. Mayor’ & ‘The Endgame’ Canceled by NBC

Homelander in The Boys Presents: Diabolical

‘The Boys’ Animated Series ‘Diabolical’ Unveils All-Star Voice Cast (VIDEO)

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‘Kenan’ Heads to Miami in a Season 2 Finale Sneak Peek (VIDEO)

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‘Tis the Season on NBC With ‘Kenan,’ ‘Young Rock’ & ‘Mr. Mayor’ Episodes

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Kenan Thompson Teases the ‘Kenan’ Holiday Episode, Dating in Season 2 & More

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The Rock Sweeps, Ellen’s Final Win & More 2021 People’s Choice Awards Highlights (VIDEO)

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2021 People’s Choice Awards: Kenan Thompson to Host Star-Studded Event

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Hayley Marie Norman Joins Season 2 Of NBC Comedy Series ‘Kenan’

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‘Home Sweet Home Alone’: Archie Yates Terrorizes Ellie Kemper & Rob Delaney in First Look (VIDEO)

Saturday Night Live - Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson

‘SNL’ Sets Season 47 Premiere — Which Cast Members Might Not Return?

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‘TrollsTopia’ Season 4 Trailer: A Fashion Show & More Troll-tastic Adventures (VIDEO)

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Disney+ Announces ‘Home Sweet Home Alone’ Starring Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney & More

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‘Kenan’ Sneak Peek: Kenan Considers Getting Back in the Dating Game (VIDEO)

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‘Kids’ Choice Awards’ Host Kenan Thompson Teases ‘Craziest Party of All Time’ (VIDEO)

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Golden Globes 2021: Renee Zellweger, Margot Robbie, Kenan Thompson & More Stars to Present

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Roush Review: ‘Young Rock’s Wonder Years and ‘Kenan’s Feel-Good Family

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Kenan Thompson on the ‘Long Road’ to His NBC Comedy & Playing a Widower

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It Takes 3 Men to Raise 2 Kids on New NBC Comedy ‘Kenan’ (PHOTO)

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Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon & More ‘SNL’ Stars Branching Out on TV

America's Got Talent Live Shows Week 3

Tuesday TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Towers Over 2020 RNC Night 2

AGT 2020 Week 2 Live Shows

Tuesday’s TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Topples 2020 DNC Night 2

Kenan Thompson Replaces Simon Cowell Judges AGT Live Shows Week 2

‘America’s Got Talent’: Watch the Performances From Week 2 of Live Shows (VIDEO)

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‘AGT’: Kenan Thompson to Step in for Simon Cowell for Week 2 of Live Shows

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‘Hollywood Game Night’: Nick Jonas, Kristen Bell & Kenan Thompson Play ‘I Love A Charade’ (VIDEO)

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‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ Tests Jeff Foxworthy & Kenan Thompson on Famous Paintings (VIDEO)

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TV News Roundup: Kenan Thompson & Hasan Minhaj at White House, ‘Plot Against America’ Trailer

2020 Oscars Hosts

13 Celebrities We’d Love to See Host the 2020 Oscars (PHOTOS)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Stars Join NBC’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’

Bring The Funny - Season 1
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Jeff Foxworthy, Chrissy Teigen & Kenan Thompson ‘Bring the Funny’ With Their Favorite Jokes

Sunnyside - Season Pilot

Watch the Trailers for NBC’s New Fall Series ‘Bluff City Law,’ ‘Sunnyside’ & More (VIDEO)

Bring The Funny - Season 1

‘Bring the Funny’: NBC Orders Comedy Competition Series With Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen & More

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Kel Mitchell Talks Competing Against Kenan Thompson in Nickelodeon’s ‘Double Dare’ (VIDEO)

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 741 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Kenan Thompson during an interview with host Seth Meyers on October 1, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC)

Kenan Thompson Jokes Kanye West Held the ‘SNL’ Cast ‘Hostage’ (VIDEO)

Kenan Thompson during 'ATM on Saturday Night Light - Season 43

Is Kenan Thompson Leaving ‘SNL’ for His NBC Show?

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Kenan Thompson Talks His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Legacy and Hosting ‘Studio C – Live from NYC’

Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Show

Nickelodeon Cuts Ties With Dan Schneider, Producer of ‘All That,’ ‘iCarly’ & More

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‘All That’ Reunion: See Kenan, Kel, and More Stars of the ’90s Hit on ‘Wild ‘N Out’

The Maya Rudolph Show - Season 2014

NBC Orders Live Variety Series Starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short

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Kenan Thompson: I’m Returning to SNL for My 13th Season