Thompson, who first joined the show in 2003, swiftly became a mainstay who holds the title of the longest-standing member in the show’s history.
Not only has the comedian received a whopping five nominations for an Emmy Award due to his stellar performances, he recently hit a record-breaking number of skits on the show.
Kenan Thompson Achieves Impressive Record On Latest ‘SNL’ Episode
On Saturday, March 5, Thompson was a part of his 1,500th skit on “Saturday Night Live,” and the official Twitter page of the show shared his accomplishment with the public.
The tweet was captioned, “Congratulations, @kenanthompson! 1,500 sketches!!!!!” included backstage footage of the “Home Sweet Home Alone” actor celebrating his latest incredible feat.
In the video, Thompson walked off the set while raising a finger on one hand and five on the next to symbolize his 1,500th skit amid cheers from the backstage crew.
The comedian bowed before the applauding crowd and told them their support over his incredible milestone would make him tear up.
Thompson’s outfit showed that skit number 1,500 was the ‘Home Repair Show,’ which features his character conducting hilarious interviews with people whose DIY projects went south.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly amid promotions for his new show “Kenan,” the star shed light on being a longstanding member of the comedy series and its impact on his professional life. He said,
“It would seem like a hindrance in your career or something like you’re stuck. But, for me, it’s the exact opposite. It’s always been a thing that makes people want to have me when I’m unattainable. So it’s worked in my favor to be busy ten months of the year.”
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) March 6, 2022
Thompson previously told Variety about how many years he aspires to spend as a member of the show, which is now in its 17th season. In his words:
“I think 20 [years] is a good, round, even number that I’m close to. I feel like that is in reach, but also, it would be respected if I don’t get there. Like, 18 is fine, 19 is fine.”
The “Fat Albert” actor noted that the years he spends on the show are less important than time management because there are only 24 hours a day to spend on work and family.
The “Kenan” Star Talks Juggling His Sitcom And ‘SNL’
Thompson had to manage starring on “Saturday Night Live” and wrapping up the second season of his critically acclaimed NBC sitcom, “Kenan.”
The comedian got candid with USA Today about how he and his crew worked without pause on his sitcom for almost two months before taking time to attend to SNL. He explained:
“We flew through seven weeks of work without taking a break before ‘SNL.’ We took a two-week break to get (‘SNL’) going, and then we finished up.”
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Thompson shot his NBC sitcom in Los Angeles. He noted that his schedule was less hectic due to the pandemic protocols and the vaccine, which allowed him to film outside the studio.
In the second season of “Kenan,” the star resumes his character as a TV host from Atlanta named Kenan Williams. Williams also happens to be a widower with two kids.
Thompson’s daughters in real life, Georgia and Gianna, age 7 and 3, enjoy watching their father’s Emmy nominated show on TV. He said of their excitement over his program:
“It’s an interesting perspective to watch them watch the show. It’s like, ‘Are (sisters Dani and Dannah Lane, who play Thompson’s daughters) us? Or are we them?’ It’s funny.”
Amid finding time for his family, managing his production company, podcast, and starring on ‘SNL,’ “The Grinch” actor has his hands full.
Thompson also touched on resuming “Saturday Night Live” with his teammates following the sad ending of its last season due to COVID-19 complications. He explained:
“We all understand that we’re in the trenches together, doing a very special thing that not a lot of people get the chance to do… so it’s never taken for granted, but it is highly emotional.”