Event Preview: Kenan Thompson’s nostalgic standup at Gaston Hall Thursday

KenanThompson.jpgThis Thursday, actor and comedian Kenan Thompson will be performing his comedy show in Gaston Hall at 7 p.m.

While Thompson’s skill as both a long-time Saturday Night Live cast member and stand-up comedian speaks for itself, students may also flock to the performance for the nostalgic value of the actor’s career in ’90s film and television.

Having started his career with perhaps the most absurd play in hockey history in D2: The Mighty Ducks, Thompson went on to become a Nickelodeon staple. A true hero of ’90s kids’ television, the actor is probably most fondly remembered for his part in All That, the kids’ sketch show which kicked off the careers of other actors like Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon.

All That was for kids who watched too much TV, though, and the show did have its more memorable moments, like the “Good Burger” skits.

Thompson and Kel Mitchell were among the most popular actors on All That and got their own show, Kenan and Kel, in 1996. The comedy duo later starred in their own movie, Good Burger, based on the “Good Burger” skits from All That.

Thompson has also perfected the art of playing himself in film. His acting skills, while often relegated to the role of the funny, fat, black guy, genuinely work in some of the minor film roles he’s been in. Just remember: Nothing Thompson has ever said or done has been serious.

Arguably, Thompson’s greatest success, however, has been his nine-season career with SNL. He still plays the same sort of characters he’s always been known for, but his penchant for over-the-top comedy makes some of his impressions hilariously memorable. He’s impersonated Bill Cosby and Whoopi Goldberg numerous times, capturing each star’s eccentricities—like crazy sweaters or a blasé attitude toward swine flu—with comic perfection.

Most recently, he acted out legendary Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, as he made an incredible and tear-filled run to the Superbowl.

On Thursday night, however, Kenan will just be himself and talk about his career. As long as he doesn’t roll out a Samuel L. Jackson impression, it looks like it will be an evening of borderline politically correct laughs.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in Red Square tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at the door Thursday.

Photo courtesy kenanthompson.net via s2smagazine.com

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