Kenan Thompson Says ‘The Kenan Show’ Is ‘Historic, Mind-Blowing, And Very Surreal’

Kenan Thompson is a busy, busy man these days but he would not trade it for anything in the world.

One of the stars of Global‘s “Saturday Night Live” is currently working on the first season of his NBC sitcom “The Kenan Show”. Thompson, 41, recently told Entertainment Weekly what it is like balancing his “Kenan Show” commitments with his existing “SNL” roles.

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“It’s the dream,” he said. “It’s every comedian’s dream to get their own show on a major network, especially one of the original three. It’s historic, mind-blowing, and very surreal. But it takes a lot of work. We shot the pilot, it was like a seven-day shoot and in the middle of that I was doing ‘SNL’.”

“It’s a lot of work. It’s going to be an uphill battle as far as figuring out what’s working and what’s not working on an audience,” he continued. “That’s the advantage that ‘SNL’ has: An audience will tell you pretty quickly if the joke works or not. But when you’re shooting a show on tape, you’ve got to believe your instincts, so it’s a very different process.”

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Nonetheless, Thompson feels the chaos is “super-exciting. I love putting people to work, so it’s crazy to me to fathom that I got Andy Garcia [who plays Percy] a job. It’s an honour.” The comedian assured he has no plans of leaving “SNL” because “it’s the coolest job ever. There’s no other place like it.”

“Saturday Night Live” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT on Global; “SNL” will return with its 45th season in the fall.

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