While you might not personally find me entertaining, I have a background in comedy and, like most people, my sense of humor was largely shaped by the shows and movies I devoured when I was growing up.
I watched Saturday Night Live religiously until YouTube was invented, downloaded audio clips ripped from sketches on Chappelle’s Show onto my iPod, and still have a boxset of the entire Monty Python series in a storage unit on the off-chance DVDs one day become the only form of entertainment you can watch.
However, there wasn’t a single sketch comedy that had a bigger impact on me during my younger days than All That, Nickelodeon’s own version of SNL that would help spawn a generation of B and C-list celebrities.
The people who appeared on All That would all go on to do various things with their lives; Nick Cannon became one of those guys who just refuses to go away, Amanda Bynes took a leave of absence before trying to pull a Kim Kardashian, and Danny Tamberelli moved to Brooklyn and plays a ton of pinball at the bar I go to a bit too much.
Now that Cannon has stopped being married to Mariah Carey and become a perpetual game show host, I’d argue Kenan Thompson has probably achieved the most out of anyone over the course of his career despite not having a starring role in Drumline.
Thompson has been doing his thing on SNL for over 15 years, but according to Variety, he’s adding to his workload by taking his talents back to Nickelodeon and overseeing a reboot of All That.
Brian Robbins, the president of the network, outlined the vision and suggested Thompson wouldn’t be the only former member involved:
“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. “We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of ‘All That’ to the world.” He suggested the program would be “a sort of mash-up of some of the old sketches and a lot of new sketches.”
Let the countdown to the Good Burger reunion begin.