90s Star Debuts Memoir As New Movie Premieres

Kenan Thompson drops his memoir just in time for the release of his new movie, Good Burger 2, a sequel to the original 90s film and a resurgence of his partnership with 90s co-star Kel Mitchell.

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Kenan Thompson, best known for his role in 90s shows All That, Kenan & Kel, and the movie Good Burger, just released his memoir When I Was Your Age. The memoir delves into Thompson’s experiences with parenting, staying positive, and dealing with his reputation as a comedian who made his start on children’s television.

The memoir advertises itself as a humorous and heartwarming series of essays that aims to teach its readers the same lessons Thompson has learned in his career but it also mentions the hardships he’s faced in his career. Thompson opens up about previously undiscussed parts of his time in show business, including his insecurity starting on Saturday Night Live and his long separation from his former co-star Kel Mitchell.

Cover of "When I Was Your Age: Life Lessons, Funny Stories & Questionable Parenting Advice from a Professional Clown" by Kenan Thompson.

In an interview with The Today Show, Thompson explains that he and Mitchell began as individual acts that executives placed together because “we worked so well together and all that.” Thompson and Mitchell starred in several iconic projects together, including Kenan & Kel and Good Burger.

“Originally, it was just us kind of looking for our own individualism, basically, as adults, taking a breather from being a duo because we both came into the game as individuals,” he tells Today.

But nearing the end of their projects, the two began to drift apart. In his memoir, Thompson writes, “By the very end of All That and Kenan & Kel, things got pretty bad. And a lot of that was due to Kel’s funkiness.” The rift between them eventually grew into a no-contact relationship. It wasn’t until 2015 when Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider approached Thompson and Mitchell with an idea for a Good Burger reunion that the two stars reconnected.

On speaking to Mitchell for the first time in years, Thompson says to Today, “It was like, what were we waiting on all this time? You just never really know until you actually have that talk.”

Good Burger 2 is currently streaming on Paramount+, where all of Thompson and Mitchell’s previous shared projects are also available to watch.

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