Friday, July 31, 2020

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Share Sweet Memories During 'Good Burger' Reunion

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell shared memories from working on the beloved Nickelodeon movie Good Burger during Drew Barrymore’s “Drew’s Movie Nite” special!

All together now: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?"

Nickelodeon alums Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell found themselves reciting the iconic line as they reunited remotely in honor of Drew Barrymore's inaugural "Drew's Movie Nite" on Nickelodeon on Thursday, July 30.

For the premiere of Barrymore's series, the network aired the beloved 1997 Nickelodeon comedy, which brought the two actors' All That sketch characters to life on the big screen all those years ago.

In celebration of the special night, the comedians reflected on their hit sketch and starring in the movie—Mitchell's first ever, dishing on the making of the movie, their life years later, and their first forays into the world of acting.

Barrymore, who was a child star herself and began acting when she was 11 months old, asked the actors how they got their start, and both found a love for performing in community theater during elementary school.

"I was about 12 years old," Mitchell reflected. "I was a bit of a class clown and my parents were like, 'OK, we have to find something.' So they put me into community theater and I was like, 'This is it! This is what I was looking for!'"

Thompson -- who went on to forge a comedy TV career and is the longest-standing cast member on Saturday Night Live with 17 seasons under his belt -- had a similar start.

"I remember community theater being a turning point where I noticed that this was like, a real profession," Thompson recalled.

Talking about the movie, Mitchell recalled to Barrymore: "Good Burger started to gain a lot of steam. A lot of musical guests wanted to be in the Good Burger sketches. Kenan was very helpful for me, too, because this was my first movie."

At the time, Thompson already had several movie credits to his name, including two sequels of The Mighty Ducks and Heavyweights. Still, both men remember the moment they first saw themselves together on a giant-sized billboard for the film, which featured them surfing on a pickle and tomato. As they told Barrymore, the-then teenagers had been driving down Sunset Boulevard when they spotted themselves and pulled over to take pictures.

Looking back, Barrymore said that being an actress for most of her life has had its ups and downs, but it all contributed to the life she enjoys today.

"I have all sort of wonderful baggage that I would never let go of or have it any other way, because I wouldn't be exactly who I am at this moment in time without those experiences," Barrymore shared.

That being said, Barrymore admitted that she wants her daughters -- 7-year-old Olive and 6-year-old Frankie -- to get older before they give any thought to becoming actors.

"I would be the first person to help them, but not before 14 or 15," she added.

The talk show host also asked the men about the Kenan and Kel 2020 T-shirts that are available to buy and what a Kenan and Kel presidency would actually look like.

Mitchell joked, "There would be a lot of orange soda involved."

On a more serious note, Thompson added, "I would really want to just settle down all of the anxiety, but also all of the anger and misinformation."

And, as Mitchell sweetly summarized, "Make love mandatory."

While they're of course not actual candidates in the upcoming 2020 election, they may finally star in a sequel more than two decades later. As Thompson, who was just nominated for an Emmy for his performance on Saturday Night Live, told E!'s Scott Tweedie on HappE! Hour, "It's in the works."

"It's all in talks," the star elaborated. "So hopefully the numbers can match up to everybody's expectations and we can get it done, basically. But, yeah, there's talks being had is I guess all I can say about that."

For this installment of Drew's Movie Nite, the trio were also joined virtually by chef Alvin Cailan, who showed viewers how to make their very own Good Burger in their own kitchens.

Check out highlights from Drew Barrymore’s Good Burger Movie Night special below!:

Along with "Drew's Movie Nite", Barrymore announced a series of digital shows that will roll out ahead of the premiere of her hourlong talk show, including The Making of The Drew Barrymore Show, The Art of the Interview, and Drew's Cookbook Club. The digital content will drop on The Drew Barrymore Show will premiere Sept. 14.

Sources: E! News, Entertainment Tonight.

From E! News:

Kenan Thompson Talks Emmy Nom & Gives Update on Good Burger Sequel With Kel Mitchell

Kenan Thompson appears to be in his prime!

The comedian recently launched a podcast, has a new series coming to NBC and, most notably, just scored his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Saturday Night Live—the show he's called home for the last 17 years, making him the longest-running cast member ever.

When Kenan got the Emmys news on Tuesday, as he explained to E!'s Scott Tweedie during the Instagram Live series HappE! Hour, he "celebrated by just slowly spreading the word amongst family."

"And really just embracing the love from loved-ones basically—just a million text messages and stuff like that," Kenan, who has two children with wife Christina Evangeline, added. "I'm hanging out. There's not much partying to be had these days but it's all good."

Though this isn't Kenan's first Emmy nom, he's still "overly humbled," by the nod, even revealing he "wasn't expecting it at all."

"I think the category is really impressive," the actor said, referencing his fellow nominees: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Tony Shalhoub; Barry's Henry Winkler, Anthony Carrigan and Stephen Root; Veep's Tony Hale; and The Kominsky Method's Alan Arkin.

"It's an acknowledgement by your peers," Kenan explained. "These are people that I admire and look up to. I mean, I'm in the same sentence with Alan Arkin—forget about it!"

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there's no telling what the Emmys ceremony is going to look like. Kenan predicts a set-up similar to that of the virtual HappE! Hour: "I'm going to make my own trophy out of aluminum foil and I'm just going to have it ready in case I win. And I'll make my speech with my handmade trophy."

Plus, he might even shed a few tears!

"I'm just overly moved by what's going on this year," Kenan told Scott. "It's been a rough year but also it's been very progressive in certain ways and if we can just keep that moving forward, then that's all I can really ask for."

However, as Kenan & Kel fans are dying to know, does "moving forward" include an eventual Good Burger sequel with Kel Mitchell?

"Yeah, it's in the works," Kenan excitedly admitted to Scott. "I mean, it's all in talks. So hopefully the numbers can match up to everybody's expectations and we can get it done. But yeah, there's talks being had, I guess, is all I can say about that."

We're definitely holding out hope!

Until that happens, though, Kenan has plenty to keep him busy. He debuted a podcast, You Already Know, with co-host Tani Marole in May, which he said hopes brings "a little joy" to listeners.

The at-home episodes of Saturday Night Live certainly did! Kenan described the beginning of working on the show remotely as "the weirdest."

"I haven't even done a lot of internet sketches for Instagram or anything on my own," the comedian noted. "I haven't done a lot of just recording myself doing stuff outside of professional environments. I'm just very new to that and it kind of catapulted me into that."

SNL's 45th season, which wrapped up in March, was particularly jam-packed with stars both pre- and post-coronavirus. Hosts included Kristen Stewart, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Murphy, among others. Kenan described the latter's much-anticipated return to the main stage at Studio 8H as "incredible."

I think that was the overall story of the season because [Murphy] was the prodigal son. He was the one that's been away for the longest and the big superstar that hadn't been back yet," Kenan explained. "After [Adam] Sandler did it, that was a big feat...I was like man, Lorne Michaels never sleeps!


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