Watch Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Reunite on SNL

    Watch Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Reunite on SNL

    “Kenan & Kel” Theme Song: A Dramatic Reading by Kel Mitchell

    Live from New York, it’s another epic Kenan & Kel reunion!

    Kel Mitchell made a cameo on Saturday Night Live Dec. 3, marking his first time on the NBC series. He appeared in a sketch with cast member Kenan Thompson, his former co-star on the hit Nickelodeon comedy, and guest host Keke Palmer.

    In the skit, the three act in and offer a behind-the-scenes commentary about a mock Kenan & Kel reboot, a drama series titled Kenan & Kelly, which also incorporates the actress’ pregnancy. Keke had confirmed rumors she is expecting her first child with a bare baby bump reveal during her SNL monologue.

    In the Kenan & Kelly sketch, Kel makes a dramatic entrance and an equally dramatic exit. “The show is not good,” Kenan deadpans in a confessional, before adding jokingly, “But Jordan Peele called us.”

    Kel adds, “He wants us to do a sequel to Nope.”

    Watch Kenan and Kel reunite on SNL below:

    Kenan and Kel, both 44, starred together on Kenan & Kel for four years until the series ended in 2000. They last appeared onscreen together at the 2022 Emmy Awards just this past September. Kenan, who hosted the ceremony, performed in a short sketch in which Kel was revealed to be a guest at one of the event’s bars, with Kumail Nanjiani as the bartender.

    In 2015, Kenan and Kel reunited to co-star in a “Good Burger” sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2018, they competed against each other on a revival of the classic Nickelodeon game show Double Dare. The two later became co-executive producers of a 2019 reboot of All That, the ‘0s Nickelodeon sketch comedy series that made them famous.

    While Kel has never appeared on SNL before his recent onscreen reunion with Kenan, the actor actually auditioned for the show in 2003, the same year his former co-star tried out for the series and was chosen to join the cast.


    “I think it’s hilarious now thinking about it, but now doing standup and being good at it now, i realize now what I did was not good,” Kel said in a 2015 Reddit iAMA session about his SNL audition. “But basically I did this joke about DMX – if DMX was in TOY STORY. It was so bad, it was good, to me.”

    He continued, “And I remember Tina Fey was there, and I remember afterwards she was like ‘Good job!’ but I think it was a little too crazy for SNL.”


    Kel said he also performed a Michael Jackson parody during his audition. “I did a song about Michael Jackson if he was allergic to trees, hahahaha!” he wrote. “I starting dancing, I think my energy was so crazy, I did like a moonwalk move and actually stepped on one of the tables right in front of the stage, and flipped the table with someone’s drink on it over, it was a MESS! It was SO funny.”

    Kel added, “But I wasn’t upset about it. I was in a good class of guys who went for SNL and didn’t get it.” He also said, “So I’ll be a guest on the show.”


    In an April 2022 interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Kel recalled how Kenan got callbacks after he did not. “He went through, I wanna say, four or five more auditions before he actually got in,” he said, adding, “And I love Kenan. I love watching him on there.”

    Kel continued, “We talk all the time. It’s more about us being dads now and talking about the kids and things like that.”

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    See photos of TV stars’ reunions over the years:


    Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell

    The two had a Kenan & Kel reunion on SNL on Dec. 3, 2022, about 19 years after they both auditioned for the NBC series at the same time, with Kenan being invited to join the cast. Months before their on-air reunion, they also reunited at the 2022 Emmys.

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    Game of Thrones

    Ian Beattie, Daniel Portman, Natalia Tena and Ian McElhinney reunited on Feb. 2 ahead of the opening of Warner Bros’ GOT Studio Tour, located at one of the HBO show’s original shooting spots in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

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    The Bachelorette

    Mike Johnson and Rachel Lindsay catch up at a private Kendrick Lamar concert event hosted by Pair of Thieves in Los Angeles. 

    Haley Davis

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart and Soleil Moon Frye celebrate National BFF Day with the Heluva Good! Best FriendsDIP swag line in Los Angeles. 

    Instagram / Kevin McHale


    In May 2021, Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz partied at her bachelorette party ahead of her wedding to boyfriend David Stanley.

    Instagram / Gillian Anderson

    The X-Files

    Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reunited (with her dog Stella) in April 2021. The two played Agents Mulder and Scully on The X-Files series in the ’90s and ’00s, a 1998 film adaptation and a two-season revival of the TV show between 2016 and 2018.

    Karis Fagley


    Survivors ready for this reunion?! Parvati Shallow, Rob Cesternino, Sandra Diaz-Twine and Ozzy Lusth attend the Rob Has a Podcast 10-year anniversary and viewing party for Survivor‘s new season.


    The Office Ladies

    The Office alums Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey, and Kate Flannery pose for a photo at Thirst Project Gala benefit on September 28, 2019. 

    Instagram / Shannen Doherty

    Beverly Hills, 90210

    Shannen DohertyJason PriestleyChristine Elise, Brian Austin GreenIan Ziering and Gabrielle Carteris hang out on the set of the 2019 reboot, BH90210.

    Instagram / Michael Rosenbaum


    Tom WellingMichael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk reunited at the Fan Expo Dallas 2019 event.

    Instagram / Danielle Fishel

    Boy Meets World

    Rider StrongWill Friedle and Ben Savage were bumping along with pregnant former co-star Danielle Fishel at the Fan Expo Dallas 2019 event.

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    In Living Color

    Tommy Davidson, Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans and David Alan Grier reunite at the show’s 25th anniversary event during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.


    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul GosselaarMario LopezTiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley brought their spouses along for a quadruple dinner date in April 2019.

    Instagram/Jennifer Garner


    “A mini reunion in New York City—former castmates, favorite dinner dates, forever playmates. ♥️♥️♥️ Photographed by my favorite artist, @rainerarts,” Jennifer Garner wrote on Instagram of this pic with Victor Garber and Ron Rifkin. 

    Instagram/Courteney Cox


    “Saturday night with a friend,” Courteney Cox captioned this pic of Monica and Phoebe back together, but Lisa Kudrow took a little issue. 

    “I guess I would have looked at you if I could have OPENED MY EYES,” she commented. She also posted her own selfie with the caption “My eyes! My eyes!”  

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    Cougar Town

    Courteney Cox guested on Busy Tonight for a little Cougar Town reunion, and Philipps took it even farther by doing a bit with the show’s biggest fan and costars Christa Miller, Josh Hopkins, and Ian Gomez


    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    “Witches, demons, vampires, watchers, slayer, Gods, and Scoobies oh my!” Nicholas Brendon wrote on Instagram.


    That’s So Raven

    “Happiness is spontaneously running into old pals from my That’s So Raven days!!! @anneliesevanderpol & @rondellsheridanoffical,” Rose Abdoo shared on Instagram after meeting with Anneliese van der Pol and Rondell Sheridan


    Wonder Years

    “I got to see these guys for lunch yesterday – it was so much fun to catch up and hear how their beautiful families are doing,” Danica McKellar shared on Twitter. “And yes, @joshsaviano, I totally agree – *you guys* are like family… I mean, we DID grow up together, after all. #memories #TheWonderYears”

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    Reunited and it feels so good! Donald Faison, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn, Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff and Ken Jenkins attend the Heineken Green Room during Vulture Festival presented by AT&T at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 

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    Game of Thrones

    Hee’s the story, of the Stark family…Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Richard Madden came out to support Maisie Williams and her new play.

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    Friends‘ Monica and Phoebe reunite at the the UCLA Semel Institute’s 2018 Open Mind Gala. Cast members from the hit show have reunited several times over the years.

    Matt Sayles/Invision for Simone/AP Images


    Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Joel McHale come together at the star-studded grand opening of Simone in the arts district of Los Angeles. 


    Flavor of Love

    You know what time it is! Exes Flavor Flav and Tiffany “New York” Pollard found themselves together again while filming an episode of Braxton Family Values



    In August 2018, Henry Ian Cusick and Sonya Walger, who played fan-favorite couple Desmond and Penny, reunited at the place where their characters first met. She posted on her Twitter page a photo of her and the actor standing together outside St. Andrew’s Priory School in Honolulu, which was used to depict a monastery in Eddington, Scotland on the touching season four episode “The Constant.”

    Carell Augustus


    The Braverman kids grow up so fast! Hayden Byerly, Xolo Mariduena and the Allen twins come together at GBK’s Teen Choice Awards party at Dave & Busters in Hollywood. 


    The West Wing

    Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey on the NBC series, posted in July 2018 a photo on social media of him having dinner with friends, including fellow former co-stars Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss) and show creator Aaron Sorkin.


    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage attended former co-star Matthew Lawrence and Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke‘s engagement party in July 2018.


    Murphy Brown

    The FYI gang’s getting back together! Murphy Brown is returning to CBS in the 2018-2019 TV season and Candice Bergen marked their reunion on Instagram. “MURPHY BROWN…together again. Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time…,” she wrote.


    Pretty Little Liars

    Ezria lives on! Lucy Hale ran into Ian Harding in Chicago in March 2018.

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