In an announcement on Monday, Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez praised Thompson for his contributions to the entertainment industry.
“Kenan Thompson is the voice of a generation,” Martinez said. “From ‘Kenan and Kel’ to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Kenan has been making folks laugh for nearly 30 years.” In celebration of his upcoming 20th anniversary on SNL, we thought it would be fitting to place Kenan’s star next to the star of the man who gave him his job, Lorne Michaels.”
Thompson made his television debut as a member of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series All That in 1994. He and Kel Mitchell starred in a spinoff Kenan and Kel from 1996-2000. Continuing his career in sketch comedy, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2003, Thompson holds the distinction of being the longest-running cast member in the history of SNL, recently completing his 19th season.
For his work on SNL, he received two Emmy Award nominations in 2021 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his NBC series Kenan and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL. He previously received two Emmy nominations in 2018 and 2020 in the supporting actor category for his work on SNL as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2018 for the SNL song “Come Back, Barack.’
In 2019, Thompson served as a judge for NBC's comedy competition series Bring the Funny and became an executive producer with Mitchell for Nickelodeon's All That revival. For two seasons, he starred in The Kenan Show.
On the big screen, Thompson has starred in Good Burger, Fat Albert, Heavyweights, D2: The Mighty Ducks, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Barbershop 2: Back in Business and Snakes on a Plane.
The event will be streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com