Kenan Thompson And Chris Redd Reinvent Black Fatherhood
Written by BET on February 12, 2021
For over 25 years, the title Kenan Thompson has been synonymous with comedy. From the Nickelodeon sketch comedy present All That to his personal sitcom Kenan and Kel, Thompson has been a staple on tv for years. He honed his comedy chops in movies like Good Burger, Fat Albert, and Barbershop 2: Back In Business earlier than turning into the longest-tenured forged member within the historical past of Saturday Night Live.
Now Thompson is headlining a brand new challenge for NBC aptly titled, Kenan the place the Emmy-award winner will get to indicate off his fast wit and comedic timing. As government producer, he may even get to crafting the present from starting to finish.
The collection, which debuts on February 16, follows a not too long ago widowed father (Thompson) who’s attempting to stability his hectic life as a preferred T.V. morning present character in Atlanta. Together with his two daughters, his live-in father-in-law (Don Johnson), and his brother (Chris Redd) who occurs to be his supervisor, assistant and home visitor, issues get hectic actually quick.
BET.com caught up with Thompson and Redd, who additionally stars on SNL, to speak concerning the inspiration behind the collection, what it takes to construct long-lasting careers in Hollywood, and why the world is in determined want of extra well-written, Black sitcoms on tv right now.
BET.com: Kenan, you’ve loved an extended and prolific profession because you have been a toddler and also you’re the longest forged member within the historical past of SNL, occurring 18 years. What are some keys to your longevity?
Kenan Thompson: Oh, man, thanks. That was a fantastic query. You understand, it is all about simply getting up and going to work with knowledgeable head in your shoulders and by no means taking something without any consideration. I simply attempt to create actually good issues that folks can react to. We’re fortunate to be in a state of affairs the place we get to try this on a regular basis with individuals I take pleasure in being round, genuinely have love for.
BET.com: Pay attention, Chris, I do know he drops jewels on a regular basis. You can be the subsequent brother to get a 20-year bid on SNL. What have you ever discovered from Kenan?
Chris Redd: [Laughs out loud] Man, and I take a number of data, on a regular basis whether or not he is aware of it or not, however he is aware of it. I began remedy across the similar time I started in SNL and I discovered about my anxieties. What I discovered from Kenan is stability. I’d watch him be simply the calmest in among the wildest SNL conditions and he has a complete household at dwelling. In the meantime, I am sitting right here, a single man stressing. He’s capable of keep so humorous and constant. It is at all times good to have such a dope reinforcement, particularly coming from somebody who’s been within the enterprise so lengthy and will simply be an asshole if he wished to be, however as an alternative, he is the dope dude you see.
BET.com: If Kenan takes off, do you have got plans to go away SNL?
Kenan Thompson: No sir. I at all times say it’s the very best job on the planet. Again within the day, forged members would depart to pursue different initiatives. However it’s a unique time now and I believe I can swing each gigs.
Chris Redd: We ain’t going nowhere. I get to create with one among my greatest associates on two reveals and I really like sketch comedy.
BET.com: How difficult was it to launch to indicate through the pandemic?
Kenan Thompson: It had its challenges for positive. That is really the third go-around of getting the exhibit the bottom. As a result of the forged is so robust, this could possibly be a run for the ages.
BET.com: In Kenan, you play a widowed father attempting to maneuver by way of the subsequent section of life. How necessary was it so that you can develop a present that facilities on Black single fatherhood?
Kenan Thompson: Yeah, man, after we have been creating the present, we have been attempting to create one thing that hasn’t essentially been seen or carried out earlier than. We have already got black-ish, Marlon, The Cosby Present, Good Instances, The Jeffersons, and so many others. So, after we have been growing this, it is like, what have not we actually seen earlier than? We have seen separated households, however we have not essentially seen an unforced separation. Everyone has to take care of life forcing you to maneuver on as a result of the solar nonetheless rises, and you continue to have payments to pay. It appeared like one thing intriguing at first, however now that now we have this amazingly robust forged, we’re 10 toes down doing this in overdrive!
Kenan premieres on NBC on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. C