Those who grew up watching Nickelodeon in the '90s will undoubtedly remember the sketch comedy series All That. In a format similar to Saturday Night Live but with content suitable for a younger audience, the series had a revolving cast of talent with many different skits and characters. Kenan Thompson, one of its alumni, would stick with sketch comedy and go on to become the longest serving cast member of SNL.
Now, the comedian is returning to his roots, as Kenan Thompson is executive producing an All That revival. Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins confirmed the news, noting the series will arrive on the network this summer.
"We think there's a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars. We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of All That to the world."
Co-created by Robbins and Mike Tollin, All That first premiered on Nickelodeon in 1994. Proving to be a hit, the show ran for ten full seasons before wrapping in 2005. During that time, several spin-offs were made starring some of the most popular cast members of the show. This includes Kenan & Kel with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, The Amanda Show with Amanda Bynes, and The Nick Cannon Show with Nick Cannon. Other notable names to once be a part of the All That cast include Gabriel Iglesias, Lori Beth Denberg, Jamie Lynn Spears, and Danny Tamberelli.
Like other sketch comedy shows, All That had recurring skits involving the most popular characters. Fans of the show may remember characters like Josh Server's dimwitted investigator Detective Dan, Lori Beth Denberg's obnoxiously loud Loud Librarian, Kel Mitchell's destructive fixer-upper Repairman, and Kenan Thompson's Baggin' Saggin' Barry with his sagging trousers. Some of the other recurring segments also include Ask Ashley, Vital Information, and French Talk. The common link between them all is that they were utterly ridiculous, but that's what made them so entertaining.
Certainly, the most famous of all of the All That sketches were the ones taking place in a restaurant called Good Burger. Every skit featured Kel Mitchell as Ed, a well-meaning but annoying register worker. Due to the character's popularity, the sketches were adapted into a feature movie, co-starring Mitchell and Kenan Thompson. Many All That cast members appeared in the movie, and it has developed a cult following in the years since its release. Mitchell and Thompson reunited to create a new Good Burger skit for The Tonight Show in 2015, and it feels safe to assume Ed will be making an appearance on the upcoming Nickelodeon revival as well.
While Thompson is attached to the All That revival, the comedian has made it clear he is not leaving his longtime gig on Saturday Night Live. This means his time will be limited on the set, but the funnyman says he'll be "on the phone during the table read" if he can't physically be there for it. We'll see if the revival is as popular with today's tweens as it was back in the '90s. This information comes to us from Variety.