Kel Mitchell Is Still ‘All That’... And More
1 year ago
The 'Good Burger' star is adding writing and directing to his menu
Last year, you may have noticed, Nickelodeon (specifically Teen Nick) started re-airing a lot of their popular programming from the 1990s. Among ‘90s favorites like "Hey Arnold!" and "Ren & Stimpy," shows like "All That" and "Kenan & Kel" also made the rotation. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were some of the network's biggest stars, which earned them the spinoff movie, "Good Burger," based on the popular sketch from "All That."
While we know what Thompson has been up to with his starring role on "Saturday Night Live" and his recent portrayal of Fat Albert on film, little did we know that Kel Mitchell has been working just as hard. (Did you know he was the voice for T-Bone on PBS’ "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and Ant on the Cartoon Network’s "Pink Panther and Pals"?).
Mitchell recently hooked up with Nickelodeon once again for the new animated series "Wild Grinders" on NickToons along with another animated series on DisneyXD called "Motorcity." In addition, the film that he wrote and starred in last year, "Dance Fu" (directed by Cedric the Entertainer), just hit Netflix last month.
Loop 21 caught up with Mitchell to talk about the new animated shows, "Dance Fu," his upcoming film about bullying and if there’s a possibility of a reunion project with Thompson in the near future ("Good Burger: The Ownerz?").
Loop 21: So what is "Wild Grinders" about?
Mitchell: Rob Drydek is an amazing guy and he came up with this amazing idea for a show about skateboarders. He had the toys out already, which I like to collect toys anyway and I already had some, and it was really cool when they asked me to be on the show. It’s a cool world, it’s like the world of skating and I play a character named Jay Jay. He’s a germaphobe and he’s also a skater. So that’s really crazy for him because he’s skating all around the neighborhood and there are all kinds of germs outside. But he keeps clean, calm and collective. But it’s definitely a fun show, it’s been a lot of fun. There’s a lot of skating, if you love skateboarding, if you love comedy, "Wild Grinders" is definitely for you.
Loop 21: Do you skateboard in real life or ever tried to get your Lil Wayne on?
Mitchell: Yeah man, I used to skateboard when I was younger. I loved Tony Hawk and Christian Hosoi, also a big fan of Rob as well. I loved to skate, still now, even, I jump on a skateboard every now and then. I actually went up to the Fantasy Factory with Rob and hung out over there and got on the skateboards.
Loop 21: Is this your first project with Nickelodeon since the "All That" and "Kenan & Kel" days?
Mitchell: Yeah, actually it is! And it’s really cool to be back home with those guys, I mean, they really understand kid entertainment and it’s fun to be back there. It’s like a family over there. They know what they’re doing and they got a winner with "Wild Grinders."