Monday, December 17, 2018

Kenan Thompson Talks Reconnecting With Kel Mitchell, Possible 'Good Burger' Sequel [Updated]

"We've been talking about it for a long time. We've had meetings about it, so it's in the higher powers' hands cause we've both said that we're down to do it," he said about the potential film follow-up.

Kenan Thompson discussed the possibility of a Good Burger sequel when he visited Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday, December 6!

A fan called into the show and asked Thompson if he and Kel Mitchell plan to make a sequel to their 1997 comedy movie that evolved from their hit sketch on Nickelodeon's All That.

"We've been talking about it for a long time. We've had meetings about it, so it's in the higher powers' hands cause we've both said that we're down to do it," he said about the potential sequel.

Thompson and Mitchell got their start on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That, and later earned their own spin-off series, Kenan & Kel.

Thompson also revealed that the show and movie's creator Dan Schneider was responsible for him and Mitchell reconnecting and ultimately doing a Good Burger bit for The Tonight Show in 2015.

"A friend of his was working on The Tonight Show and they had that idea to do the reunion and he reached out to me and then I called Kel and we talked," he said. "We played phone tag for three days, but we finally talked and we were like, 'Yeah, we might as well do it' or whatever. It was a nice 40-minute conversation that we had."

"We hadn't spoken in a long time," he continued. "It was nice to reconnect because it was like picking up right where we left off."

When Cohen followed up on the caller’s questions and Thompson’s answers, asking if the two Nickelodeon alums were keeping in touch, his guest said they were, sharing that the two now talk "all the time."

The news follows Thompson and Mitchell recently competing on a special edition of Nickelodeon's hit Double Dare revival.

You can watch Thompson explain Good Burger 2's status in the YouTube video below!

Kel expressed a similar sentiment in a Buzzfeed interview from March. “The conversations have started,” he said. “There’s something in the water, everything’s coming back. It will definitely be awesome and there was a meeting! They’re just working everything out contractually, so just keep your ears to the streets.”

Since its release in 1997, Good Burger has remained a fan-favorite, and has fans spanning across multiple generations. Ariana Grande remains a huge fan, per a recent The A.V. Club oral history of the movie, while Tyler, the Creator is known to have a poster for the movie hanging above his bed. Endorsements from either of them would be enough to boost the film’s box office, and, hey, it’s not like there isn’t plenty of economic commentary to be made about a pair of 40-year olds still jockeying the register at a fast food restaurant.

There’s actually a 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.

Another caller to Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen asked Thompson who was the worst-behaved musical guest to ever appear on Saturday Night Live, NBC's hit sketch show that Thompson is currently the longest-tenured cast member of. The caller noted that Bill Hader said the answer was Justin Bieber, though he wondered if Kanye West is the new titleholder.

"That's a great question. I mean, it's up to everyone's opinion," he said. "I don't know. I didn't really have that much of a bad time with Bieber. I like him."

"Kanye was super far off the ripper type of weirdness," he said about West. "The ripper of weirdness is like here and he was way over there."

West most recently appeared on the 44th season premiere of the show. The rapper donned a "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) hat and gave a pro-Trump speech after the TV broadcast ended.

Thompson is currently the longest-tenured SNL cast member in the show's history. He joined in 2003 and finally received an Emmy nomination for his acting in 2018. He shared the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the "Come Back Barack" sketch with co-star Chris Redd and composer Eli Brueggemann.

Update (12/12): Unfortunately, it looks like we may be waiting a little while longer for a Good Burger sequel. TMZ's Nickelodeon sources say there has been NO movement on a Good Burger sequel because there has been so much turnover at the top of the network's leadership.

Kenan sparked this new wave of hope for a sequel when he recently revealed on Watch What Happens Live that he and Kel would be open to a Good Burger reunion movie ... but the kitchen remains closed because it hasn't happened.

TMZ's Kenan and Kel sources say longtime Nick producer Dan Schneider pitched the reunion idea, but he's no longer working for the network. TMZ are told no one at Nick has seriously approached the idea, much less had a realistic conversation.

However, it's not all bad for those with a case of '90s nostalgia, because new Nick president Brian Robbins directed GB. Brian is obviously a fan of the movie, so who knows what could happen?

The good news ... it sounds like All That is making a comeback, so Nick fans might get their Kenan and Kel fix no matter what.

Update (12/15) - Kel Mitchell has a serious case of '90s nostalgia because he told TMZ he wants to shoot his Good Burger sequel with stars from the original cast of All That.

TMZ got Kel out Tuesday night at A Simple Bar in Los Angeles and he sounded really excited about a potential 'GB' reunion ... with a twist.

You've gotta admit, the prospect of a Good Burger sequel featuring Nick Cannon and Amanda Bynes sounds pretty juicy ... can we get fries with that?

As for the roots of the reunion ... Kel says the idea for a second helping started when he reunited with Kenan Thompson for a sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

While Kenan and Kel are both down for a reboot of the 1997 comedy, Nickelodeon execs haven't given it the green light because there's been so much turnover at the top of the network.

Kel tells TMZ he's had tons of convos with Kenan about it, but it's in the network's hands now.


Update (12/17): HEY, CARDI B & CHANCE THE RAPPER... Get Your 'Good Burger' Cameos!!!

Kel Mitchell didn't skip a beat when TMZ asked the star which current huge celebs he'd like to have cameos in the Good Burger reunion.

TMZ Kel outside A Simple Bar in L.A. and had to ask him about possible cameos if -- and we gotta believe WHEN -- the '90s comedy gets the green light. Remember ... Kel and Kenan Thompson are on board but execs at Nickelodeon have to iron things out.

In any event ... Kel ripped off a bunch of names including Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and several others.


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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, The A.V. Club,, MovieWeb, UPROXX.
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