From 'Kenan & Kel' to Longest Serving Cast Member on 'SNL': Kenan Thompson's Journey and Net Worth

From 'Kenan & Kel' to Longest Serving Cast Member on 'SNL': Kenan Thompson's Journey and Net Worth
Kenan Thompson hosts the 2019 NHL Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events | Getty Images | Photo by Ethan Miller

Name  Kenan Thompson
Net Worth $13 Million
Salary $200,000 - 300,000
Annual Income $2-3 million +
Sources of Income Comedy, acting, and endorsements 
Gender Male
Date of Birth May 10, 1978 
Age 45
Nationality American
Profession Comedian, actor, voice actor

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Remembered for his part in Nickelodeon's laugh riot "Kenan & Kel," Kenan Thompson, the accomplished American actor, voice actor, and comedian, has bagged a net worth of approximately $13 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth. His career in showbiz includes a longstanding role on "Saturday Night Live" as well. Thompson's film career began with his debut in "D2: The Mighty Ducks" in 1994, before he went on to star in the show "Kenan & Kel" with Kel Mitchell. Thompson also released a comedy album titled "Good Times" in 2004, further highlighting his comedic talents, and appeared as a guest judge on "America's Got Talent." As Thompson is all set to return in "Good Burger 2" with Kel Mitchell in November 2023, he has also established himself with his own show "Kenan." 


 
 
 
 
 
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Acting has remained Thompson's main revenue stream ever since his film career began with "D2: The Mighty Ducks" in 1994. In 1997, "Good Burger," based on the popular "All That" sketch, marked a breakthrough moment for him. He further expanded his filmography with roles in movies like "Fat Albert" (2004), "D3: The Mighty Ducks" (1996), "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (2003). One of his most prominent sources of income is his part on "Saturday Night Live." Joining the cast in 2003, he became the longest-serving member in the show's history, earning a substantial salary and achieving comedy legend status. Television shows have been a significant part of his career journey. He began with "All That" and starred in "Kenan & Kel," while making guest appearances on shows like "Psych," "iCarly," and "Victorious."

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Kenan Thompson attends the 2021 American Museum of Natural History Gala | Getty Images | Photo by Jason Mendez
Kenan Thompson attends the 2021 American Museum of Natural History Gala | Getty Images | Photo by Jason Mendez

 

Kenan Thompson's salary

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Kenan Thompson has been associated with various brands throughout his career which has added to his income. He has been featured in commercials for the ticketing website Fandango and served as a spokesperson for Universal Parks & Resorts.

Kenan Thompson attends his Ultimate Comedy Experience | Getty Images | Photo by  Paras Griffin
Kenan Thompson attends his Ultimate Comedy Experience | Getty Images | Photo by Paras Griffin


Real estate and other assets

Kenan Thompson enjoys the best of both worlds, balancing his high-octane career in New York with a serene retreat in Tampa, Florida. His $2 million Tampa residence offers an inviting and spacious haven, contrasting the fast-paced environment of his "SNL" endeavors. Its amenities include a home movie theatre, billiards, and game rooms.

Instagram 913,000 Followers
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Twitter 194,300 Followers
Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards | Getty Images | Photo by Paul Archuleta
Kenan Thompson and Christina Evangeline attend the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards | Getty Images | Photo by Paul Archuleta

 

Personal life

Kenan Thompson was born on May 10, 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia. From an early age, he displayed a passion for acting, which led him to engage in church theater productions and local plays since he was just five years old. In 2011, Kenan Thompson married model Christina Evangeline, and the couple welcomed their first child in 2014 followed by another child in 2018. Although the couple filed for divorce in June 2022, they continue to co-parent their daughters.

Primetime Emmy Awards: Winner (2018) - Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Come Back, Barack" from "Saturday Night Live";

Nominee (2021) - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for "Kenan";

Nominee (2021) - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live"

Image Awards (NAACP): Nominee (2023) - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live"

People's Choice Awards, USA: Nominee (2022) - The Comedy TV Star of 2022 for "Saturday Night Live";

Nominee (2021) - The Male TV Star of 2021 for "Saturday Night Live"; Nominee (2021) - The Comedy TV Star of 2021 for "Saturday Night Live"

Young Hollywood Awards: Nominee (2014) - "Cuz You're Funny"

Gold Derby Awards: Nominee (2021) - Comedy Supporting Actor for "Saturday Night Live"

Black Reel Awards for Television: Winner (2020) - Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live,"

Winner (2021) - Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series for "Saturday Night Live"



 

How did Kenan Thompson initially gain popularity?

Kenan Thompson gained popularity for his roles in Nickelodeon shows like "All That" and "Kenan & Kel."

How long has Kenan Thompson been a cast member on SNL? 

Kenan Thompson has been a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) for 19 years, making him the longest-tenured member in the show's history.

What is one of Kenan Thompson's passions outside of acting and comedy?

Kenan Thompson has a passion for music and enjoys exploring his musical abilities.

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