In his nearly 20 years on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson has appeared in 1,500 sketches. That’s a record for anyone who’s ever appeared on the show. This major milestone came after a DIY-themed skit was completed in the Oscar Isaac-hosted episode on March 5, 2022 (via BET), with Charli XCX as the musical guest. The official “Saturday Night Live” Twitter Account shared a heartwarming video of some members of the crew greeting Thompson after he walked off the stage, including co-star Heidi Gardner. Thompson is visibly overwhelmed and apologizes he might cry. The video has been shared more than 20,000 times.
During his appearance on the show — which he says in an interview with Variety isn’t about to end just yet — Thompson was also nominated for five Emmy Awards, including twice for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2018 for the song “Come Back, Barack,” which he shared with three other artists from the show (via IMDb). Outside of his Saturday Night Live work, Thompson also recently starred in his own NBC sitcom, Kenan, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself as a widowed father raising two daughters. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his starring role on that show (via IMDb).