As “(*10*)”‘s longest-running forged member, Kenan Thompson has appeared in numerous sketches throughout his tenure. Originally becoming a member of the comedy sequence in 2003, Thompson will seem in his landmark twentieth season in 2022.
Thompson, who’s internet hosting the 2022 Emmys on Sept. 12, has proved to be a particularly versatile member of the “SNL” forged, taking part in everybody from overenthusiastic discuss present hosts to real-life figures like Steve Harvey. Though a quantity of his costars, together with Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon, introduced their departure after the 2021 season, Thompson has by no means indicated his plans to depart — although he did say that it might be a good idea for the show, itself, to end after season 50, as that is when creator and producer Lorne Michaels’s present contract ends.
As for why he hasn’t but walked away from the sequence, Thompson informed Deadline in 2021, “It’s a wild place! That’s why I’m by no means in a rush to depart as a result of I’ve by no means seen something prefer it and quantity two, there aren’t many stay reveals left. It by no means will get previous as a result of it is sketch comedy and it adjustments each week.”
Thompson has had a diverse profession exterior of “SNL.” He bought his begin on Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy present “All That” in 1994, and starred with frequent collaborator Kel Mitchell on “Kenan & Kel” from 1996 to 2000. He began showing on “SNL” in 2003, changing into the present’s first forged member born after 1975 on the time. In 2021, he additionally led NBC’s sitcom “Kenan,” which ran for 2 seasons earlier than being canceled. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2022.
Ahead, try some of Thompson’s funniest and most iconic “SNL” sketches over time.