Q&A: Random questions with comedian Kenan Thompson


Comedian Kenan Thompson will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. and ISU tickets are $20, with a limit of two tickets per person. All seating will be general admission.

Melissa Garrett

Comedian Kenan Thompson performed for Ames audiences at 8 p.m. Wednesday at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. 

With the help of some friends and a little creativity, I asked Thompson some random questions:

Q: What’s the best Christmas gift you ever got as a kid?

A: A Nintendo “when it first came out.” Thompson played it with his brother and said “Super Mario Brothers” was one of his favorite games: “I remember we played until we beat it and then it kept going so we were like, ‘Oh, so we’ll just keep playing it,'” (he laughs). 

Q: What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done?

A: “I guess like the whole crying thing is always weird. You know, I don’t like to see people cry — I want to try and cheer them up … It might be like tears of joy or something like that, but it’s still weird.” 

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

A: A bull.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?

A: “Probably being confidently called by the wrong name and then people, when I correct them, they just dismiss it like ‘oh yeah, whatever.’ I’m like, ‘No, like I’m a person.’” Thompson said people have mixed up Kenan & Kel.

Q: What’s the last movie(s) you saw?

A: “The Revenant,” “Crazy 8,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Q: What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

A: It’s a tie between Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles.

Q: If you could have any superhero power, what would it be?

A: Flying — “Yeah, flying is awesome.”

Q: What was the deal with orange soda on “Kenan & Kel”?

A: “What was the deal with it? It was free. The soda was everywhere,” Thompson said.

Q: What’s the last book you read?

A: “Point Your Face at This,” Drawings By Demetri Martin.

Q: What are some of your favorite characters you’ve played?

A: Thompson said there are a lot of characters from SNL that he has enjoyed playing, including “Scared Straight dude,” “‘What Up With That dude” and David Ortiz.

Q: What’s your biggest irrational fear?

A: “Bees … stinging insects,” Thompson said.

Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?

A: “I don’t know. That’s a good question … Probably like cheeseburgers, I’m a little obsessed with,” Thompson said.

Q: Who makes the best cheeseburgers?

A: “Man, there’s so many different ones … but as far as like chains, probably Five Guys,” Thompson said.

Q: Did you ever have a time when you were starstruck on the show?

A: “Yes, like all the time … I’m weird around famous people. I just become such a nerd and a fan and I get all quiet and awkward. I’m growing out of that shell … Paul McCartney was like that, but he’s so nice that I kinda snapped out of that really quickly,” Thompson said.

Q: What do you do in your free time, when you do have it?

A: “I’m raising my daughter and being a good husband, so that’s what my free time is,” Thompson said.

Q: Have you ever gotten any hate mail or any really memorable fan mail?

A: “There’s people that send weird mail to SNL, [but] I’ve never gotten any kind of like hate mail. I’ve read like mean things on peoples’ comments on the Internet and stuff, but I try not to pay attention to that stuff,” Thompson said.

Q: What do you miss the most about being a ‘90s kid on “All That”?

A: “It was such mystery — every single day was something brand new,” Thompson said.

Q: If you couldn’t do comedy or something with your musical theater background, what would you do instead?

A: “Probably S.W.A.T. [team], like a kicka– sniper,” Thompson laughed.