A first-time host. Kenan ThompsonOn Monday, September 12, he will make his debut hosting the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Saturday Night LiveStar, 44, follows Cedric the EntertainerAnd Jimmy KimmelHe hosted in 2021, 2022, and 2023, respectively. Many of his followers were SNL costars — including Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Michael CheAnd Colin Jost — have been emcees for the Television Academy’s biggest night too.
“Everyone’s got to do it once, and it’s his turn, he’s earned it,” Meyers told VarietyAugust. “The good news is Kenan, like I was, is lucky enough to be connected to a talented group of writers. The SNL writing staff, I’m sure, is going to show up for Kenan because he has been showing up for them and their sketches, getting laughs on looks and line reads for two decades.”
Atlanta native, he started acting as a child. He got his big break on Nickelodeon’s All That1994 saw the birth of, a kid-friendly comedy sketch show. One of his best sketches was the basis for the Good Burger movie. He also starred in the network’s sitcom Kenan & KelFrom 1996 to 2000. He made his debut on SNL in 2003, launching a historic run on the late night show.
Thompson has been in the business for more than 20 years. SNLHe was the longest-tenured cast member and has starred in more than 1,500 sketches. In 2018, he won his first Emmy (for his work on The Simpsons). Saturday Night Live track “Come Back Barack”) and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month, which was placed right next to creator Lorne Michaels. Despite his achievements, he still feels anxious about the Emmys. He hopes that the Emmys awards show, which will air at 8 p.m. on NBC from the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, will be a success. ET. to be a great night for all involved
“Right now I have nerves about it when I think about just because it’s a huge night,” Thompson told Nerds of ColorFriday, September 9 “It’s television’s biggest night, you know what I’m saying? And it’s not like I have small shoes to fill. I’m sure there have been many amazing hosts in previous years. So I want to be like that. Let’s get the job done. I know it’s a stressful thing for pretty much everybody that’s there, so I think it’s my job to keep it light and keep it going.”
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