The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon just made every 90s kid’s dream come true last night by reuniting former Nickelodeon stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell for a revamp of their famed “Good Burger” sketch. The sketch, which was made popular on the comedy series All That, starred Mitchell as a not-so-bright employee of a burger restaurant called Good Burger.
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Kenan & Kel is an American teen sitcom created by Kim Bass for Nickelodeon. It starred All That cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. 65 episodes and a made-for-TV movie were produced over four seasons from 1996 to 2000. The first two seasons were filmed at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida, and the remaining two were filmed at the Nick on Sunset theater in Hollywood.
Kenan & Kel received critical acclaim, with praise of the performance of the title characters. It won the “Favorite TV Show” award at the 1998 Kids Choice Awards, and Thompson and Mitchell were ranked No. 40 and No. 39, respectively, on VH1’s 100 Greatest Kid Stars. Reruns of the show are currently shown on TeenNick, as part of their programming block NickSplat, as well as MTV2, a sister channel of TeenNick under Viacom.
The show was set in Chicago, Illinois, and centered on the antics of two mischievous teenagers, Kenan Rockmore (Kenan Thompson) and Kel Kimble (Kel Mitchell). Kenan is a high school student with a job at a local grocery store, while Kel is his clumsy, orange soda-loving best friend.
Episodes of the series always opened and closed with Kenan and Kel breaking the fourth wall by interacting with the studio audience, standing in front of a red curtain that is placed in front of the main set while still in character. A frequent running gag of the openings would be Kel never knowing what the night’s episode would be about and Kenan refusing to tell him. The closings would frequently feature Kenan coming up with a new scheme, often asking Kel to get various assorted items and meet him somewhere. Frazzled, Kel would exclaim his catchphrase, “Aww, here it goes!”
The theme song, entitled “Aw, Here It Goes”, is performed by rapper Coolio. He is featured in the opening credits of the show along with Kenan and Kel. The lyrics describe the show and reference other famous duos such as Abbott & Costello, Penn & Teller, and former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.
This time around, host Jimmy Fallon also joins Mitchell behind the counter where they repeat the famous catchphrase: “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger — can I take your order?” This is all while mixing up what customers’ orders really mean When Tariq from The Roots orders a spicy chicken wrap, Fallon and Mitchell offer up a rap about spicy chicken. Thompson also reprises his role as “hangry” and impatient construction worker Lester Oaks, who orders a shake, and well, receives a psychical shaking from Mitchell instead. Go, watch.
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