Believe it or not, Kenan Thompson is on the verge of becoming the longest-running cast member on “Saturday Night Live.”
When talking to CBS News, the former Nickelodeon star, 39, revealed that while the odds he’ll break his tie with comedian Darrell Hammond are very likely, the situation is surreal.
“I guess I’m indirectly making sure of it,” he said of making it a point to break the tie. “Supposedly I’ll break it once we start the season, so I don’t have any control over it. It’s insane to think about. But Darrell will always be the king, doing voice-overs. It’ll always be his show. I love Darrell.”
Oddly enough, during his stint on “All That,” Thompson believed his boyish looks would keep him from his dream of starring on the hit comedy skit show. “No one thought it would happen,” he said.
“It’s just amazing to get the chance to audition because I tried and tried to move on it but they said I looked too young. But finally I got to try out, and I never walked away from the job.” You could even say it was his calling, one revealed during his high school days. “I really enjoyed my formal training in high school when we were doing drama and it wasn’t necessarily comedy — just as much as doing comedy. I enjoy entertaining and laughing — it’s really my thing,” he continued.
As for who he’d love to impersonate next — he recently played Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the eclipse — the actor-comedian said, “I don’t know if there’s anyone out there I haven’t tried and failed at, or tried, just in general. But if someone pops up, we’ll do it.”
In the meantime, he revealed he’s got his hands producing a sketch comedy show for kids called “Skoogle.”
“We pitched it around so we’re trying to have someone make a deal for it. It’s still in the air, but it looks like it’s going to land pretty strong so we’ll find out what’s going on with that in the next couple weeks,” said Thompson. “It’s going to be similar to ‘All That,’ a bunch of sketches and musical guests. I’m working with my buddy Josh Server, who used to be on ‘All That,’ and my writing partner Mason Garden. He invented SlamBall and he is a producer as well.”
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