Repertory Player Bio
Kenan Thompson returns for his 18th season on "Saturday Night Live" as the show’s longest-running cast member.
Thompson has made numerous contributions to the show with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz, and by playing memorable characters such as DJ Dynasty Handbag, the scathingly fierce co-host of Deep House Dish, Weekend Update correspondent Jean K. Jean, Black Jeopardy host Darnell Hayes and Diondre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch What Up With That. In 2018, he received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the "SNL" song "Come Back, Barack" and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2018 and 2020. Thompson also received an Emmy nomination in 2017 for co-writing "Last Christmas" from the popular sketch Jingle Barack.
Thompson served as producer and judge alongside Chrissy Teigen, Jeff Foxworthy and Amanda Seales on NBC’s comedy competition series "Bring the Funny," which debuted summer 2019.
A native of Atlanta, Thompson made his television debut as a member of Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy series "All That." Thompson now serves as an executive producer on Nickelodeon’s 2019 "All That" reboot. He and Kel Mitchell debuted on the spinoff "Kenan and Kel" in 1996. Thompson also had a recurring role on the WB’s "Felicity."
Thompson showcased his voice talents as Bricklebaum in "The Grinch," which made history as the No. 1 Christmas movie of all time. His past projects include starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in "Snakes on a Plane," "Wieners" and "The Magic of Belle Isle" with Morgan Freeman. Thompson has also lent his voice to the animated films "Trolls World Tour," "Wonder Park," "The Smurfs," "The Smurfs 2" and "Space Chimps," the television series "Sit Down, Shut Up" and the Kobe Bryant/LeBron James Nike puppet campaign during the 2009 NBA playoffs. Other feature film credits include "Fat Albert," "D2: The Mighty Ducks," "Good Burger," "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Brother Nature, "Heavyweights," "My Boss’s Daughter," "Barbershop 2," "Going in Style" and "They Came Together." He was the voice of Austin "Impresario" Sullivan in the Hulu animated series "The Awesomes" and Riff in the film "Rock Dog."
Upcoming projects include the NBC comedy "Kenan," in which Thompson will star and executive produce, "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and Netflix’s Adam Sandler film "Hubie Halloween."