Kenan Thompson has come a long way from his entertaining days on Nickelodeon’s “All That” program in the 90s and has continued to make waves in Hollywood that only some can dream of.
As a cast member of the popular “Saturday Night Live” show, Thompson is on track to become the longest-running cast member next month in SNL history, breaking a tie with legend Darrell Hammond. Thompson joined the show in 2003.
“It’s insane to think about,” the 39-year-old told CBS News. “But Darrell will always be the king doing voiceovers. It’ll always be his show. I love Darrell.”
Going back to his roots of capturing the attention of a younger audience, Thompson has teamed up with former “All That” star Josh Server to create a kid’s sketch comedy called “Skoogle”. In addition, the comedian and actor is also working to put an end to childhood hunger with his promotion of the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program.
Photo via: Twitter/ @NoKidHungryMA
“I’m teaming up with them to raise awareness,” he tells CBS News. “What they’re doing is awesome. They’ve partnered with hundreds of restaurants across the country to help people donate to the cause. They’re asking people to post a video or dine at one of these restaurants and if they dine, they’re ask to use hashtag #hangry and redefine the term. There are 23 million kids who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, but it’s a solvable problem so we’re asking everybody to get involved.”
While Thompson’s years on “All That” as a teenager may have seemed like a highlight moment, he makes it clear that joining the SNL cast has always been a long-time dream of his.
“Yeah, we used to say that, but no one thought it would happen,” he says. “It’s just amazing to get the chance to audition, because I tried and tried to move on it but they said I looked to young. But finally I got to try out, and I never walked away from the job.”
To support Thompson and the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry program, be sure to visit their website at dineout.nokidhungry.org.