ByHeather Snowden, writer at
Lover of bad puns, nostalgic feels and all things Winona. Email: [email protected] Tweet: @heathbetweetin
Heather Snowden

Cast your mind back, way back, to the year of 1996. The year that gave us the first Mission: Impossible, the first Scream and a soppy young Claire Danes and Leo in Romeo & Juliet. However, that year was famous for another young, lovable couple, and that couple was Kenan & Kel. It's hard to believe that 19 years have passed since this comical duo started their beautiful Nickelodeon journey. That's almost two decades! TWO DECADES!

The show surrounded Kenan and his partner in crime, Kel. Kenan was forever coming up with mischievous schemes that landed them both in trouble, delivering lines such as, "Kel, grab a clown, a flagpole, and a submarine, and meet me in my room!" While Kel, the loyal, slightly dim, sidekick spent his time consistently pissing off Kenan's dad, avoiding Kenan's little sister whose crush on him was brilliantly awkward, and directing his romantic attention towards a two liter bottle of fizzy orange soda.

Remember how catchy the theme song was? (Sung by Coolio, btw.)

Or that random episode when Britney Spears cameoed?

So good!

But what have they been up to since the show ended in 2000? Let's take a look...

Kenan Thompson - Kenan Rockmore

After Kenan & Kel: Kenan went on to appear and voice in a number of productions such as The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Felicity, Big Fat Liar, My Boss's Daughter, Snakes on a Plane, The Smurfs and The Opposite Sex, plus landed a job on Saturday Night Live, where he remains. He Joined SNL back in 2003 and is the longest-standing black cast member in the history of the show. Kenan also became the first SNL member that is younger than the show itself!

In 2011 Kenan married model Christina Evangeline and last year they had their first child.

Kenan with Anne Hathaway on SNL
Kenan with Anne Hathaway on SNL

Kel Mitchel - Kel Kimble

After Kenan & Kel: After awkwardly auditioning for a position on Saturday Night Live and losing out to his Kenan & Kel co-star, Kel has appeared and voiced a number of roles and characters, such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, All That, Mystery Men, Honeydripper, See Dick Run, Pink Panther & Pal, Motorcity and Wild Grinders.

He hasn't enjoyed as much public success as his teenage co-star, but has Kenan starred as a luggage boy in a Kanye West video? No sir, no he has not.

Airing on September 12th, Kel will be returning to Nickelodeon in Dan Schneider's newest show, Game Shakers.

Vanessa Baden - Kyra Rockmore

Since Kenan & Kel: Two Heads Are Better Than None, Franchise, Fail, Chris & Todd and The Magic City.

Dan Frischman - Chris Potter

Since Kenan & Kel: Masked and Anonymous, Lessons for an Assassin, The Trip, Passions, Hard Four and Tramps and Ramblers.

Ken Foree - Roger Rockmore

Since Kenan & Kel: Two Heads Are Better Than None, Dawn of the Dead, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween, Apocalypse of the Living Dead, Water for Elephants and Cut/Print.


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