In the annals of comedic duos, you’re always going to hear about classic pairings like Laurel and Hardy, and Abbot and Costello. But kids who grew up in the 1990s were probably overly familiar with the duo of Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson, stars of the Nickelodeon sketch series All That and Kenan and Kel. While Thompson is busy bring ing the laughs as a 12-year veteran of Saturday Night Live, Mitchell just landed his newest starring gig on his old home for the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers.
The premise of this show is pretty ridiculous, but that’s par for the course where kids shows are concerned. On Game Shakers, the story centers on two 12-year-old girls who somehow start up a gaming company worth millions of dollars, and in order to keep the business afloat, they’re forced to bring in rap superstar Double G as a partner. As you probably guessed, Kel Mitchell will play Double G, and the two girls will be played by dancer Cree Cicchino and Madisyn Shipman (The Peanuts Movie). And because having things on just one medium is so 20th century, Nickelodeon is apparently releasing show-created games to the public through an app.
Game Shakers is the creation of Dan Schneider, the Head of the Class actor who went on to write for All That before creating more youth-skewing fare like The Amanda Show, What I Like About You, Drake & Josh and Sam & Cat, among others. It was the latter show that put Schneider back in touch with Mitchell, according to Variety. Schneider also shared that while nothing is set in the cards, he’d love to see Mitchell and Thompson on screen together again.
Almost nothing would excite me more than reuniting Kenan and Kel in a big way. People would go crazy to see them back together making great comedy again. It would be amazing because they’re as strong and talented as any male comedy duo that’s ever been. There’s been talk of various ways to bring Kenan and Kel back together. All I can say is, I can’t imagine anything more fun and exciting. I’m in!
Since his days selling Good Burgers, Mitchell’s career has seemingly been filled with as many voiceover roles as onscreen parts, as he’s been heard on Clifford the Big Red Dog, Pink Panther & Pals, Motorcity and Wild Grinders. His voice was last showcased for the Cartoon Network pilot Ridin’ With Burgess.
You can check him out below sharing some of his favorite lines and gags from his acting youth. And you bet your ass there’s orange soda.
You can expect to find Game Shakers premiering on Nickelodeon either in the late summer or early fall.