Saturday, June 01, 2019

Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell Want Amanda Bynes to Make a Cameo on ‘All That’ Reboot

That’s me! In February, Nickelodeon announced that it would be reviving several throwback television shows, including All That. Actor Kenan Thompson, who got his start on the ‘90s sketch-comedy series, is set to executive produce the reboot — and he wants one very special former cast member to be a part of it.

Update (6/1) - Kenan's co-star Kel Mitchell has also expressed interest in Amanda Bynes making a cameo on the revived All That series, premiering Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA! Scroll down for details!


“I would love [for Amanda Bynes to make a cameo],” Thompson, 40, told Us Weekly whilst celebrating the finale of the Ultimate Comedy Experience — Road to NYC in New York City on Sunday, April 14. “We would all love it, of course, but it would be up to her.”

The Saturday Night Live star admitted that he has not kept in touch with Bynes, 33, over the years, but has has spoken to several All That stars who will likely be part of the revival. He explained, “I’ve been in touch with Josh [Server] and Kel [Mitchell], for sure. And I know that Lori Beth [Denberg] is down. … I’m hearing Katrina [Johnson] … Angelique [Bates] … [and] Alisa [Reyes] is down, so pretty much the original seven. And then everybody else, we would love to just have them come and show their love and pass the torch to this new casting.”


Kenan Thompson as Pierre Escargot on All That

As for what people can expect from the upcoming comedy series, which is set to premiere this summer? “They found seven awesome kids,” the longest-ever serving SNL cast member noted. “Some are going to do impressions, some will do voices, some of them are just going to be their crazy selves.”

All That ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2005 and helped several young stars, including Thompson and Bynes, get their start in comedy. The Hairspray actress made her first appearance on the small-screen hit in November 1996 and her last in May 2002.


Amanda Bynes in The First “Ask Ashley” Ever All That

Bynes was a regular on the show and became known for starring in the “Ask Ashley” sketch, in which she played a seemingly sweet little girl who offered advice from her bedroom. “That’s me,” she would quip before angrily answering questions that were submitted from viewers. Following her success on All That, Nickelodeon gave the She's the Man star her own sketch show, The Amanda Show, which aired from 1999 to 2002.

Update (6/1) - Via US Weekly:

Kel Mitchell Has ‘Hope’ Amanda Bynes Will Return for Nickelodeon’s ‘All That’ Reboot: She Would Be ‘Great’

Amanda, please! Kel Mitchell revealed Amanda Bynes is welcome to make a guest appearance on the upcoming All That reboot.

When Us Weekly caught up with Mitchell, the comedic actor detailed what fans can expect with Nickelodeon’s upcoming revival. Naturally, fans have been wondering which former stars may return, including the What I Like About You alum. The Good Burger alum even expressed his interest in seeing Bynes return to the small screen.

“Yes, yes. That’s going to happen. I mean, I hope it happens. You know what I mean?” Mitchell, 40, exclusively told Us. “I want everybody to come through. You know what I mean? I think she would do a great job, you know?”

Us previously spoke with Mitchell’s Kenan & Kel costar, Kenan Thompson, in April about the possibility of Bynes, 33, returning to her roots. Like his pal, the Saturday Night Live star shared his excitement over a potential cameo from the Easy A actress.

“I would love [for Amanda Bynes to make a cameo],” Thompson, 40, told Us at the finale event for Ultimate Comedy Experience — Road to NYC in New York City. “We would all love it, of course, but it would be up to her.”

Us reported in March that Bynes entered rehab in January after facing mental health struggles, which an insider said was “the result of feeling pressure of being back in the spotlight after her Paper magazine cover.” The source also said she is working with counselors and addiction specialists to improve.

All That initially ran on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2000 before being relaunched in 2002 and concluding again in 2005. A revival of the beloved ‘90s classic was announced in February. Mitchell and Thompson are on board as executive producers and original cast members Lori Beth and Josh Server will be back for cameos.

Nick Cannon and Jamie Lynn Spears are also apart of the sketch series’ star-studded alumni. While neither are confirmed to make a guest appearance, Mitchell did reveal that one of the casted newcomers “does a really great Nick Cannon impersonation, so it’s really funny.”

“I love to have him do it, and then Nick Cannon comes up behind him or something,” he said. “That’d be hilarious.”

Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Gabrielle Green, Kate Godfrey, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen are the young actors set to star in Nickelodeon’s All That revival. Ahead of the show’s premiere, Mitchell told Us he wants the kids to “enjoy one another all together” and he does not “want any of them doing competing against each other.”

All That premieres on Nickelodeon on Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Originally published: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:27am BST.
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