Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

Date of Birth

Birthday: May 10
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian.

He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, and is the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history (as of 2018).

In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That.

Thompson has also played Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, Russ Tyler in The Mighty Ducks franchise, Dexter Reed in the 1997 film Good Burger, and the title character in the 2004 film Fat Albert.

Kenan Thompson is an American actor and comedian.

He has been a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 2003, and is the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history (as of 2018).

In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That.

Thompson has also played Kenan Rockmore in the sitcom Kenan & Kel, Russ Tyler in The Mighty Ducks franchise, Dexter Reed in the 1997 film Good Burger, and the title character in the 2004 film Fat Albert.

Thompson has been nominated for five Emmy Awards: four for his work on Saturday Night Live — including two for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series — and one in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the NBC series Kenan.

He has won once, in 2018, in the category of Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics, for the SNL song "Come Back, Barack."

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Awards & Nominations

6 Nominations | 1 Emmy
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2021
  • Nominee
  • Kenan Thompson, as Kenan Williams
  • Kenan
  • NBC
  • Universal Television in association with Shark vs Bear and Broadway Video
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series - 2021
  • Nominee
  • Kenan Thompson, as Various Characters
  • Saturday Night Live
  • NBC
  • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Kenan Thompson, as Various Characters
  • Saturday Night Live
  • NBC
  • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • Kenan Thompson, as Various Characters
  • Saturday Night Live
  • NBC
  • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics - 2018
  • Winner
  • Kenan Thompson, Lyrics by
  • Saturday Night Live
  • "Host: Chance The Rapper / Song Title: Come Back Barack"
  • NBC
  • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics - 2017
  • Nominee
  • Kenan Thompson, Lyrics by
  • Saturday Night Live
  • "Host: Casey Affleck / Song Title: Last Christmas"
  • NBC
  • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

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Kenan Thompson arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Kenan Thompson speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards.
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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson
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Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Bruce Ready accepts an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Angeria Paris Van Michaels of RuPaul's Drag Race and Emmys host Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live at the Governors Gala

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Kenan Thompson and Lizzo onstage

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Kenan Thompson, host of the 74th Emmy Awards, at the press preview event

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74th Emmy Awards executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart and host Kenan Thompson at the press preview event

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74th Emmy Awards executive producer Reginald Hudlin, host Kenan Thompson, executive producer Ian Stewart and Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma

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Reginald Hudlin, Emmy Awards telecast producer, from left, Kenan Thompson, Emmy Awards telecast host, Ian Stewart, Emmy Awards telecast producer, and Frank Scherma, Television Academy Chairman and CEO, at 74th Emmy Awards Press Preview

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Kenan Thompson as Kenan, Dani Lane as Aubrey and Dannah Lane as Birdie in Kenan

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Dannah Lane as Birdie, Kenan Thompson as Kenan, Dani Lane as Aubrey and Don Johnson as Rick in Kenan

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Debbie Allen and Kenan Thompson take a selfie at the Television Academy Foundation's Giving Suite during the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Kenan Thompson and John Oliver at the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Kenan Thompson arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Kenan Thompson arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Kenan Thompson arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards, September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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Kenan Thompson arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards

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Kenan Thompson speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards. 

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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards.
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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 71st Emmy Awards.

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Kenan Thompson, Phil Hymes, and Seth Meyers in an SNL sketch

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Kenan Thompson presents an award at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson and RuPaul Charles on stage at the 70th Emmy Awards. 

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Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Andy Samberg, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson on stage at the 70th Emmy Awards. 

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Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson present an award at the 70th Emmy Awards.

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Eli Brueggemann, Chris Redd, Will Stephen, and Kenan Thompson accept award at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd on the red carpet at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson on stage at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Christina Evangeline and Kenan Thompson on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Kristen Schaal and Kenan Thompson present an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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Bruce Ready accepts an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Bruce Ready accepts an award at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline on the red carpet at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys. 

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