Grab some orange soda and settle in! Kel Mitchell is throwing back to his ’90s TV classics — and Good Burger, too. The comedian-actor exclusively tells Us Weekly that a sequel to the 1997 Nickelodeon comedy could happen.
As previously reported, Mitchell, 37, and Kenan Thompson reunited for a laugh-out-loud Good Burger sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 23. “We are both still super excited about it, we’ve been texting each other back and fourth about it,” Mitchell tells Us. “I remember seeing the Good Burger wig and the hair and makeup on the mannequin. I put it on and it was like I had never left. It was just awesome. Kenan and I both were just cracking up in the hallway.”
Mitchell and Thompson, 37, played Ed and Dexter Reed, respectively in the film, with the premise originally created during their All That days. The Nickelodeon series aired from 1994 to 2000 and also starred Amanda Bynes. Some of the cast is expected to reunite at NYC’s Comic Con on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Nowadays, Mitchell is still sticking with the Nickelodeon family. He stars in the freshman series Game Shakers, which centers on adolescents who come up with a gaming app. The only problem is that they steal music from rapper Double G (Mitchell) without getting the rights. “It’s the first show for Nickelodeon that had a gaming app that kids can actually download after they see the show in real life,” Mitchell explains, “so it’s pretty cool.”
He adds: “Nickelodeon is really great at what they do. They really listen to the kids and it’s a really great network. I’m just happy to be a part of it. I’m all about good family entertainment that’s fun.”
Check out what else he told Us about his Nickelodeon classics in our Now and Then series:
US: What was one of your favorite moments on All That?
KM: It would just be working with so many great musical acts and artists at that time. I remember when Usher had his first single out he came on All That…And then hanging out with TLC. I mean TLC did our theme song.
US: What was it like working with Kenan and Amanda?
KM: Kenan and Amanda — they’re very talented. They always were. Amanda used to follow me around on set and she was like, “Kel I want to do the physical comedy just like you.” And she did. Her physical comedy was great and she was just a talented kid.
US: Will Amanda Bynes be attending Comic Con?
KM: That would be awesome. I mean, I know they’re calling everybody, so that would be cool. I would love to see Amanda, that would be fun.
US: Didn’t the Good Burger sketch originate from All That?
KM: It sure did. It was a sketch that was really popular when I was on All That and I got blessed to do a big film with it and it just took off. Even today I still get stopped wherever I’m going and everybody [says], “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger!”
US: Is there a chance another Good Burger movie will happen?
KM: Yeah, there’s a possibility. It’s just a thought, just a thought. But there’s definitely a possibility of something. So you just got to keep watching!
US: Did you have a favorite Kenan & Kel episode?
KM: The Thanksgiving episode was very special…We were losing the turkey and I had to put the turkey in my shirt and it was hot and we were running around. “Mo’ Sweater Blues” was a very funny episode where Kenan had a date but he messed up the sweater. And “The Tainting of the Screw,” of course, is a classic.
US: Do you actually love orange soda after all these years?
KM: I do, I do, I do, oooooooo!
US: Love it! Do fans come up to you and say that?
KM: All the time! But I tell them now I drink low-calorie orange sodas. Me and my wife [Asia Lee] can’t even go through drive-through’s because if I order anything like a shake or water, people go crazy. Like, “No dude, you’re supposed to be drinking orange soda!”
Game Shakers airs Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.
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