It is no wonder Jimmy Fallon has the youngest-skewing audience on late night most nights. Last night, he appealed to our sense of nineties nostalgia by bringing on Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson and his former partner in burger flipping, Kel Mitchell. That’s right, The Tonight Show totally reenacted an updated “Good Burger” sketch, to the delight of Nickelodeon fans everywhere. Check it out, below.
Like Thompson and Mitchell, Jimmy Fallon got his start with sketch comedy and still does it a lot on The Tonight Show. Thus, it’s not a huge surprise that the the late night host inserted himself into the sketch, giving him a hairdo that rivals manager Ed’s long locks. Sidekick Steve Higgins gets in on the fun, complaining about mustard and more to Fallon and then Ed, which prompts Ed to utter his most famous line. I probably don’t even need to list it, but just for fun’s sake, here you go:
Unfortunately, Kenan didn’t show up to play fellow Good Burger worker Dexter Reed. Instead, he signed on playing a construction worker named Lester Oaks who is “hangry.” Ed at one point mistakes a milkshake for actually physically shaking Lester.
The whole thing is silly and rambunctious, and totally appeals to a sense of nostalgia for goofy programming such as was offered on nineties programming like All That. You probably have to be in your twenties or thirties at this point to really appreciate it, but that’s totally okay.
While Kenan has been in the public eye a lot thanks to an extended stint on SNL, Kel Mitchell has mostly been out of the limelight for a while now (his SNL audition didn't go so hot), although he still has a steady career. Most recently, he’s done major voicework for the Nicktoons series Wild Grinders. He’s also the lead in a live action Nickelodeon comedy called Game Shakers, where he plays a rap superstar who starts up a gaming company with a couple of 12-year-olds. He’s stuck pretty close with his Nickelodeon family in the years since All That, but that’s not a bad gig to have, at all.
When Game Shakers went to air, creator Dan Sneider talked about the potential to reunite Kenan and Kel on the small screen, again. Obviously, Jimmy Fallon beat the Nickelodeon showrunner to the punchline, although we don’t mind one bit.
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