Kenan Thompson is well on his way to solidifying himself as a comedic legend. He currently holds the title for longest-running cast member on SNL, and, during his last performance, the comic performed his 1500th sketch. That’s right, Kenan Thompson has performed 1500 sketches for SNL, a milestone for NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show.
Kenan crossed over to 1500 with Home Repair Show, a sketch in which he plays fictional tv show host Gus Vanzant. After slaying the audience with Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, and host Oscar Isaac, the SNL cast and crew celebrated Kenan Thompson backstage with thunderous applause. Kenan was overwhelmed with gratitude. He reacted to the news with a post on his IG page.
Kenan Thompson: An SNL Icon
Since Kenan Thompson has been on SNL, he’s participated in legendary skits (like The Californians), carved his own lane with his recurring acts (such as Black Jeopardy and Family Feud), made us sing along to his digital shorts (like the soulful Strollin’), and had us cackling to the verge of tears with his impressions on Weekend Update (like his legendary portrayal of baseball player David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz). Kenan’s career on SNL has helped take his career to new heights; he’s currently the star of his own sitcom, the Emmy nominated Kenan, which co-stars his SNL castmate, Chris Redd.
Kenan Thompson has more than proven himself to be a tour de force in the world of comedy. I’ve had the pleasure of watching his career grow from his start on Nickelodeon with shows like All That and Kenan and Kel. He’s certainly come a long way since then. One thing’s for sure: to appear in as many as 1500 sketches on network tv, clearly, you have to be on your A-game. Congrats to Kenan Thompson on his SNL accomplishment. Here’s to 1500 more!
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