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    Updated on Nov 3, 2019. Posted on Nov 3, 2019

    17 Moments That Prove Kenan Thompson Does NOT Get The Appreciation He Deserves

    He's been making us laugh for 17 SEASONS on SNL and ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ he ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ deserves ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผmore!

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    If you grew up watching Nickelodeon or Saturday Night Live, there's a good chance you know who Kenan Thompson is.

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    He's been making us laugh for 17 seasons now on SNL, officially holding the show's record for longest running castmember.

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    And honestly, he hasn't aged a bit. I think he's gotten younger, actually?

    He's one hilarious human who's made the show infinitely funnier, and here are just a few reasons he's so amazing:

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    1. According to the SNL writers, Kenan literally makes anything funnier just by being in it.

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    Former head writer Bryan Tucker said, "Put him in your sketch somewhere, anywhere, and your sketch will get better. Kenan knows how to take ordinary lines and make them funny, and take funny lines and make them special."

    2. Kenan's a master of impressions. He nails every one from his infamous take on Steve Harvey on Family Feud...

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    3. ...to LaVar Ball on "Weekend Update"...

    4. ...to the bread-loving Oprah herself.

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    You can watch him tackle a ton of rapid-fire impressions here, you're welcome.

    5. He answered the question we didn't know we had in "Them Trumps" โ€” what would happen if Donald Trump and Lucious Lyon from Empire had a baby?

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    It's not something you think you want to see, but trust me, you do.

    6. He's particularly gifted at playing absurd characters that steal the show, like in the "Diner Lobster" sketch...

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    I could watch a whole musical of this, tbh.

    7. ...or his much cooler version of Santa Claus, Sump'n Claus.

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    He brings you cash instead of presents โ€” even if you've been naughty.

    8. Even when he's in the background of a sketch, he manages to steal the show with as little as one word.

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    If hearing him say the name "Reese De'What" does not instantly make you laugh, I'm sorry to tell you that your funny bone is broken.

    9. SNL doesnโ€™t waste an opportunity to show off his musical talents, giving us sketches like Electric Shoes, a real display of stamina...

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    He belts about his electric shoes for five minutes and it never gets old. Honestly, a banger.

    10. ...and The Treece Henderson Trio, starring Kenan as a lounge singer who is far too invested in his roommate's personal life...

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    11. ...AND "Friendos," in which Kenan, Chris Redd, and Donald Glover played a rap trio who worked through their issues in therapy.

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    Any similarity to Migos is purely coincidental, really.

    12. For three years, he gave us the gift of "What Up with That?" and Diondre Cole, the talk show host who couldn't stop interrupting his guests because he needed to sing.

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    13. In fact, playing hosts is kind of his thing. He's often called on to host SNL's game show sketches, like playing "Black Jeopardy" host Darnell Hayes, which became one of the show's staples.

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    14. Kenan was also one of the minds behind "Come Back Barack," a collaboration with Chance the Rapper that won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2018.

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    The fact that Kenan got his first Emmy just last year is ABSURD, by the way. GIVE THIS MAN ALL THE EMMYS.

    15. And speaking of Chance the Rapper, he and Kenan are a comedy dream-team.

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    Whether they're singing about missing President Obama or playing Steve Harvey and his (fictional) long-lost son Cecil, these two are guaranteed to have you in stitches.

    16. Kenan can make a parody out of literally anything.

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    It wasn't easy to laugh at Gayle King's interview with R. Kelly, but Kenan and Leslie Jones put together a hilarious and poignant parody.

    17. He always tries sooooo hard not to break character, making his sketches infinitely funnier because his face ends up looking something like this:

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    18. And finally, Kenan's just so dang funny that sometimes he can't help but make his castmates break character, too.

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    Not a single person in the "Scared Straight" sketch can keep themselves from breaking and honestly, I can't blame them. Imagine NOT being allowed to laugh at Kenan Thompson?? It's basically impossible.

    We love you Kenan, keep bein' the best!

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