Kenan Thompson has spent the majority of his life in front of the camera. Over the years, he’s worked his way up from having a small show on CNN, to becoming one of Nickelodeon’s favorite celebrities. Today, he’s the longest-tenured performer on the acclaimed show Saturday Night Live. He’s starred in both television and feature-length films and never fails to make his audiences laugh. But what is the funnyman like off-screen? Take a look into Kenan Thompson’s struggles, successes, and some interesting facts about his life.
Stand-Up Wasn’t Really His Thing
When Kenan Thompson arrived in Los Angeles, he didn’t exactly fit in like most people might assume. He described himself being like a lost puppy, trailing behind the heels of more successful and older black comedians.
While he frequented the Improv, a famous stand-up comedy joint, watching all of the successful comedians like Aries Spears and Mile Epps intimidated him. As a result, he was hesitant to take the stage. But it wasn’t just that because was nervous — it was also because the established comedians weren’t exactly welcoming since he worked on TV.