Thursday, August 18, 2022

Kenan Thompson Teases 'Good Burger' Sequel: 'We Are Working Harder on It Than Ever'

Kenan Thompson said he "would like" a sequel to 1997's Good Burger, which co-starred Kel Mitchell, but "it's about meeting the numbers"

Will fans soon be hearing, "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?" once more?

Kenan Thompson, who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame teased a potential sequel to the beloved 1997 Nickelodeon film — which featured Thompson alongside frequent '90s costar Kel Mitchell in the lead roles — during an appearance on The Tonight Show on Wednesday (Aug. 17).

The conversation began when host Jimmy Fallon asked Thompson, about a joint Instagram post he made with Mitchell, 43, last month to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary. The caption read, in part, "'Sup wit that Part 2?!"

"Are you saying that Good Burger 2 is happening?" asked Fallon.

"I would like it to!" the Saturday Night Live star replied. "We are working harder on it than ever, so it's about meeting the numbers, letting them numbers match up. 'Cause I need them numbers."

Good Burger is known from its Mitchell-led sketch in the '90s Nickelodeon kids' sketch comedy series All That, where his character Ed — a lovable and well-meaning yet admittedly dim-witted employee at the fast-food joint — was often seen unintentionally terrorizing Thompson's various characters and others.

Thompson later starred in the film version of Good Burger alongside Mitchell, where he played high-school student Dexter Reed who reluctantly gets a summer job at the restaurant.

Initially somewhat of a foil to Ed, Dexter eventually teams up with him to help bring down a competitor burger chain led by a greedy corporation. Of course, they become best pals in the process.

Directed by All That and Kenan & Kel executive producer Brian Robbins — now the President & Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon — Good Burger featured a cast that included Abe Vigoda, Shar Jackson, comedian Sinbad, and Jan Schweiterman as the owner of Mondo Burger, a rival burger chain.

Asked by Fallon what he thinks their characters would be up to today, Thompson said, I feel like [Mitchell's character Ed] should have, like, a million kids. And then [my character Dexter is] coming out of jail for something that [Ed] put [him] in jail for."

After Thompson and Mitchell reprised their All That/Good Burger roles on a 2018 episode of Wild 'N Out, with Mitchell reprising his Ed character for a sketch on a 2020 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mitchell confirmed that the creators of the first movie "did meet up to talk about some ideas for Good Burger 2."

Mitchell told PEOPLE of a potential follow-up that those involved in the first movie "did meet up to talk about some ideas for Good Burger 2."

"So we're still trying to flesh it out, we're trying to put it together," he said at the time. "We want it to be just as fun for everyone as it was the first time around, and then also cater to a new generation as well as the old generation. It's just been kind of that task, to make sure we do that well. But it's still in the talks."

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More recently, Mitchell — who also starred with Thompson on the sitcom Kenan & Kel, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 2000 — told Cinemablend in an interview published last month that he and Thompson originally had "a three-picture deal" with Paramount. The first was Good Burger and the second was 2000's made-for-TV horror movie "Two Heads Are Better Than None", which served as Kenan & Kel's series finale.

Mitchell said they "never did" a third film, and told Cinemablend of Good Burger 2: "The fans really want a sequel. ... We love the fans, so you just gotta keep your ear to the street and see what happens."

Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Nickelodeon and Chief Content Officer, kids and family for Paramount Global, who directed the movie recently revealed that he would like to see an animated Good Burger series.

There’s a Good Burger sequel in the form of a book called Good Burger 2 Go, where somebody forgets their change and Ed follows them across the country to get it back to them.

In 2019, Thompson and Mitchell teamed up to executive produce Nickelodeon's beloved All That sketch show, which also saw Mitchell revive Ed for a series of Good Burger sketches.

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Originally published: August 18, 2022.

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