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How Kenan Thompson Went From Nickelodeon VIP to ‘SNL’ Legend to a Star on the Walk of Fame

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Scott Huver “I’m going into the concrete!” a stoked Kenan Thompson exclaims, pondering the fact that his three-decade career in entertainment is about to be celebrated with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and taken by the permanence of the honor. “I don’t know any other example of a reflection of a pat on the back actually being cemented in the ground like that.”Longevity has become a hallmark of Thompson’s career: he began performing as a child on stage before landing films including “D2: The Mighty Ducks”; segued into wildly popular teen stardom with the Nickelodeon’s sketch series “All That,” which led to the spinoff series “Kenan & Kel,” which in turn begat the 1997 film “Good Burger,” beloved by a generation.

He found success as an adult on “Saturday Night Live,” where his ongoing tenure has spanned multiple cast eras and more than 1,500 sketches thus far — heading into his 20th season with the venerable weekend stalwart, Thompson is the longest tenured performer in the show’s storied history.

In 2018, he won an Emmy for writing the “Come Back Barack” music video, an impassioned plea to the former president. After this story went to print, Thompson was named the host of the upcoming Emmy Awards.Even with all that accumulated history, Thompson still found himself taken aback when he was named as part of the Walk of Fame’s Class of 2022.

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