The Life and Career of Funnyman Kenan Thompson

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

Stand-up Wasn't His Thing
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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.