One of my favorite shows when I was growing up was Kenan and Kel. It was just on at the right time for me to understand the jokes and appreciate the story lines. I don’t know why I felt like I could relate to two 15 year old black boys, but I felt a strong connection to them.
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell weren’t new actors to me. They both starred on Nickelodeon’s sketch show, All That, in the 90’s and clearly had moved on to bigger and better things. Now Kenan is on Saturday Night Live and Kel is…dead?
The theme song was rapped by Coolio which I always thought was coolio. In his rap, he compares the show to a Nancy Drew mystery and The Hardy Boys. He also compares the boys to Siegfried and Roy, Abbott and Costello, Pen and Teller, and Magic (Johnson) and Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar). He was basically just naming famous duos. It was unique and catchy. And had a lot of references that went over my head.
The show concentrated on Kenan’s life more so than Kel’s. The audience knew the members of Kenan’s family, the lay out of his house, where he worked, and his boss, but Kel was somewhat of a mystery. He would usually be hanging around Kenan’s house or at Kenan’s work which makes me think that he was homeless and jobless and loveless.
Kenan spent most of his time not working and trying to figure out ways to get rich quick. One of the best episodes was when Kenan opened a can of tuna fish and Kel was doing something that caused him to accidentally drop a screw into the can of tuna. Kenan started to eat it, noticed the screw, and decided to sue the company. Kel didn’t admit to what he did until he was in court. His conscience got to him and he had a full break down where he just repeated, “I DROPPED THE SCREW IN THE TUNA.” Comedic gold, really.
Kel was a sweet and dimwitted sidekick to all of Kenan’s schemes. During the intro and outro to the show, they would both stand in front of a live audience and do a little skit where Kenan “got an idea” and Kel would say “Aww here it goes!” In almost every episode, Kel would also confess his love to orange soda, which I could totally relate to. He would talk to himself in third person saying, “Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. Is it true? Mmmhhmm. I do I do I do I do-oo.” I hope I’ve made it obvious that Kel was the best character on the show.
The show takes place in Rockford Illinois I believe. Wikipedia says Chicago, but I’m almost positive it’s Rockford. Kenan’s dad, Roger, works at O’Hare and can’t stand Kel. Mostly because Kel makes fun of Roger’s baldness, and encourages Kenan’s bad behavior. Roger usually ends up yelling at Kenan and Kel which always made me think that black parents were scary.
Kenan’s mom was kind of boring because she always liked to resolve problems by talking about them.
Kyra is Kenan’s sister who was in love with Kel. She would usually tell on Kenan,unless Kel convinced her to help them. Her huge crush maked Kel super uncomfortable to the point where he would back away if Kyra is near. I have to agree with Kyra that Kel was very cute. Unfortunately Kenan was not. Not that she would have a crush on her own brother or anything. Kenan would’ve been cuter if he didn’t like food so much. And if they all hung out together they could call themselves the KKK. Or maybe not.
Chris is the owner and manager of the grocery store, Rigby’s, where Kenan worked. It’s actually more like a convenience store because it’s so small. Kind of like a 7-11 but with more fresh fruit. Chris lives with his mom and has absolutely no life. He’s super lame, not married, and he’ll probably die alone. It’s actually pretty depressing when you think about Chris’s character.
Kenan and Kel were actually a great duo and played off each other perfectly. They knew how to make kids laugh and they weren’t afraid to be stupid. However, they both starred in the movie Good Burger. Everyone makes mistakes.
I only think of “Good Burger” when I see them. Which is a terrible thing. Maybe I should actually check out this show so I can think of something else. I’ve never seen it, but you do make it sound like gold.
Or at least better than Good Burger.
To be fair, Good Burger was one of the best skits that All That had to offer. It just scares me that they actually were able to make it into a movie. Haha it’s a pretty funny show. But yes, definitely better than Good Burger for sure.
Yes. It should be a rule that skits are not allowed to become full-length movies. I feel like that happened with something else and it was terrible.
I was never a fan of K&K. The girl with Down Syndrome in my elementary school used to always do Kel impressions which may have turned me off completely from giving them a chance. This was still a fine piece and my first glimpse into black culture.
Yikes. That’s pretty gutsy because I don’t even know how a person without Down Syndrome would do an impression of Kel Mitchell. Thank you very much. Black shows seem to be a specialty of mine for some reason.
Kenan and Kel = Abbott and Costello?! I don’t think so, lol!
Kel Mitchell was actually the voice of T-Bone in “Clifford the Big Red Dog” TV series.
Well, they’re kind of like an odd couple, right? Haha it’s a bit of a stretch I guess.
Yes he was! I don’t know if you read Tim’s Clifford the Big Red Dog post, but he might have mentioned that. Or I looked it up afterwards or something. That might be the last project he’s worked on!
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This show always made me laugh. I didn’t realize they lived in Illinois! Cool.
Same. I loved the two of them together. So funny.