Kenan and Kel Are Ready To Welcome You Back to ‘Good Burger’
The nation—heck, the planet, the galaxy—could use a little good news right now. Luckily, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are ready to provide us with the brightness and joy we all require.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the comedy duo cleared their throats and, to a drumroll, announced that the long-awaited sequel to the 1997 cinematic triumph Good Burger is, indeed, in the works!
“Welcome to Good Burger, Home of the Good Burger—PART TWO!!!” Mitchell shouted, as he and his comrade-in-condiments leaped from the late-night couch to shrieks and huzzahs. Eager to bask in the celebration, Jimmy Fallon emerged from behind his desk to join the victory lap.
“It’s a blessing, it’s unbelievable,” Thompson, now the longest-running cast member in Saturday Night Live history, said. “We’re going to shoot it this summer.”
“We won. The people have spoken,” Fallon added.
Kenan and Kel then reminisced about meeting at the age of 14 to work on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That, particularly amused that they clicked with the characters “Mavis and Clavis,” in which the two kids impersonated geriatrics.
Mitchell added that he gets reminded about Good Burger at any restaurant he attends. “It could be 5-star, it could be drive-thru.” No complaints, though, because it leads to free burgers.
Thompson teased the movie a smidge. He said there would be “hijinks” and called out to “anyone famous” if they wanted to make a cameo. Fallon was quick to sign up.
The appearance ended with a nostalgia-rich musical number.
As Fallon pointed out, Kenan and Kel appeared in a Good Burger reunion some years ago on The Tonight Show, to great fan delight. “Spicy Chicken Wrap” or “Spicy Chicken RAP”? Har har har.
The original Good Burger was a modest box office success with a $24 million domestic gross. It became a substantial hit on home video, being clean enough for youngsters but still cool. Critics didn’t know they had a future-classic on their hands at the time. “May cause indigestion” wrote the Chicago Tribune. “Not fully cooked,” said the Austin Chronicle. The New York Times’s review was weirdly supercilious: “For future reference, when Mitchell and Thompson are a rich, middle-aged comedy team (and they may well be one day, even if their humor never grows up): Kel Mitchell is the thin one, with the pageboy-length dreadlocks. Kenan Thompson is the heavy one, with the ‘angel with the devil in him’ face.” Okay.
The new project, which is being co-produced by Paramount+, will be directed by Phil Traill, whose credits include All About Steve, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore, and Fresh Off the Boat. The original Good Burger and All That creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert are attached as writers and producers.
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