Kel Mitchell Shares Why He Didn’t Get On SNL With Kenan Thomspon


Kel Mitchell has found himself back on the network that helped him become a name since the days of Kenan & Kel, Nickelodeon. As he helped draw in more attention for newly announced series Game Shakers on Nickelodeon, Kel recalled the time he auditioned for SNL around the same time as Kenan Thompson. He went on to tell AVClub in an interview that an impersonation of DMX, and being a bit hyper may have been a reason why he didn’t get called back.

AVC: I read that you tried out for SNL around the same time as Kenan, but you didn’t get it. Is that true?

KM: Yeah, I did try out for SNL. It’s a funny story. I didn’t get it, but that’s okay. It was a fun time. I think that I was just too hyper at that time. I was doing all kinds of characters. I had this bit where it was DMX if he was in Toy Story. It was so random; I thought it was funny. I did this whole sketch, and then I did a joke about Michael Jackson loving trees, because he had this interview where he was in a tree. I don’t know if you remember that. I did this whole song about Michael Jackson, which was very funny. It was wild, and it was hilarious, but I’m in good company with a lot of guys that didn’t get on there, like Jim Carrey and guys like that. It was just an honor to even audition.

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