Emmy-winner Kenan Thompson is SNL‘s longest-running cast member but he’s eyeing a primetime role that could see him exiting the late-night sketch comedy series.
What We Know:
- According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian and actor will star in the single-camera comedy Saving Larry for NBC, from SNL creator Lorne Michaels and writer Jackie Clarke, executive producer of Superstore.
- The new series centers on a father who is left to parent his kids after the death of his wife with his father-in-law hovering over him.
- Thompson recently told Deadline that he’d happily stay on Saturday Night Live “forever,” but should Saving Larry go to series, he likely would exit the show—at least as a full-time cast member, the report said.
- Thompson and Kel Mitchell were the first Black stars of a Nickelodeon primetime sitcom when Kenan & Kel made its debut in the summer of 1996.
- Keenan has been an SNL cast member for 16 years.
Congrats to Keenan! Big things poppin!