Kenan Thompson is gaining recognition for being, what Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez calls, the voice of a generation!
The well-known comedian officially has his own star plaque on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, this marking will be their 2,728th. The ceremony celebrated this accomplishment on Friday August 12th. Guest speakers like Josh Server, JB Smoove, and Leslie Jones were in attendance. Meanwhile, Lupita Sanchez Cornejo, chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will hosted the event.
Martinez told TMZ that Thompson has been making folks laugh for nearly 30 years. She continues, “In celebration of his upcoming 20th anniversary on SNL, we thought it would be fitting to place Kenan’s star next to the star of the man who gave him his job, Lorne Michaels.”
The actor’s significant award was handed to him in the ‘television’ category.
As a teenager, Thompson got his first big break on Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy series All That. Following this, he and his former cast member Kel Mitchell created their series called Kenan and Kel in 1996. Once 2003 made its way on the calendar, Thompson got an acting role in NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He’s the longest-running cast member on the show. SNL has been on the air for almost 50 seasons, with Thompson staying for 19 of them.
Off the small screen, he’s acted in The Mighty Ducks franchise and Good Burger, to name a few. He recently created his show for NBC called Kenan. But unfortunately, the show was canceled by the network after two seasons.
As far as accolades go, the Fat Albert star received two Emmy Award nominations in 2021 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Kenan).
Additionally, he’s gotten an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live. In 2018, two Emmy nominations were in his reach. This milestone transferred into 2020 when he was nominated for the Supporting Actor category.