Monday, September 22, 2014

Kenan Thompson Leaving SNL!

Famed comedian is set to exit SNL.

Famed comedian Kenan Thompson could be heading for the exit at 30 Rock.

The comedian who often did impressions of Rev. Perm, Steve Harvey, Oprah, Miss Cleo, and numerous other celebrities will be coming back for the 40th season of the famed Saturday Night Live. However this will probably be his last season on the famed sketch comedy.

In his teenage years, he was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy series All That. Thompson is also known for his roles in the sitcom Kenan & Kel and the films Good Burger and Fat Albert. In his early career he often collaborated with fellow comedian and All That cast member Kel Mitchell. He ranked at #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

Thompson was a featured player until 2005 (spanning the 29th and 30th seasons), and was promoted to repertory player at the beginning of season 31 (the 2005-2006 season).
Thompson acting like Raven-Symone.
Thompson has been a cast member on SNL for eleven seasons, breaking the record for the longest serving African-American cast member previously held by Tim Meadows, who stayed on the show for ten seasons. Thompson is now the senior cast member on the show, after Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers left the show. He is also the third-oldest current cast member after Michael Patrick O'Brien (born 1976) and Bobby Moynihan (born 1977).

Thompson also holds the record for most celebrity impressions performed on the show, performing 108, beating Darrell Hammond's previous record of 107.

TMZ wrote that Thompson was set to leave the show before Season 41, to focus on other projects.

Lorne Michaels urged Thompson to stay for the remaining season.

Jay Pharaoh and Thompson both criticized NBC and Michaels for the show lacking Black female comedians.

SNL hired comedienne Sasheer Zamata to calm the criticism. She comes after a six year hiatus since the departure of Maya Rudolph.

Michael Che is leaving The Daily Show after being a correspondent for less than year to take over as head anchor for Weekend Update.

Famed announcer Don Pardo died last month before the taping of new episodes. We here at Journal de la Reyna send our condolences to the family of Don Pardo.

Kenan is a funny guy. We at Journal de la Reyna wish Kenan the best on his career post SNL.

Black Jeopardy skit with Louis C.K., Jay Pharoah, Sasheer Zamata and Kenan Thompson.

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