Kenan Thompson is aiming for the big 2-0. In a new interview, the comedian revealed his goal of running 20 seasons on Saturday Night Live.
“I keep saying I’m trying to hit 20 [seasons]”Thompson said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.” So if they don’t throw me out there first, I’m trying to hit 20. And then, I don’t know if that makes sense to me. leave even after this point. As long as the show goes on and they want me to be there and don’t feel like I’m hindering someone else’s opportunity, should I just oblige? I don’t really know what to do at this point, regarding the start. Like, why should I ever go? “
Thompson’s tenure as the show’s longest-serving cast member runs counter to most other stars and their trajectories. From Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon to Kristin Wiig and Seth Meyers, many comedians have left the weekend sketch series to pursue movies, late-night shows, and other television opportunities.
“It’s like no one has thought of doing it that way,” Thompson continued. “Because it would seem like an obstacle in your career or something, like you’re stuck. But, to me, it’s exactly the opposite. It’s always been something that makes people want to have me. when I’m unreachable. So it’s worked in my favor to be busy 10 months of the year. “
However, he has other plans to juggle these days – his eponymous NBC sitcom Kenan has just been picked up for a second season.