Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. And who loves Kel Mitchell? Well, that’s an easy one: just about everyone who has seen him perform! This includes, at the very least, viewers of “All That” and “Kenan & Kel,” plus fans of Dan Schneider’s current hit, “Game Shakers.”
Kel’s 23-year career has been chock-full of comedic triumphs and goofy, memorable characters. Here are a few career highlights to refresh your memory, and catch you up with his impressive body of work!
At 16, Kel kicked off his career with one of his best-known shows, Nickelodeon’s all-kid sketch comedy “All That.” Among other iconic characters, Kel played the zany substitute Coach Kreeton, the ineffective superhero “Repair-man-man-man,” the foolish Good Burger employee Ed, Okrah ( an Oprah parody), elderly gentleman Clavis, and Earboy’s sensitive pal Pizzaface.
Kel rocked the “All That” stage for five delightful seasons, and while we were sad to see him move on, all was not lost. Because that brings us to our next career highlight…
Kenan & Kel
If there’s one catch phrase Kel is most known for, it’s “Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda” followed by “I do I do I do, oooo-oooo.” These lines are straight from “Kenan & Kel”, where Kel Mitchell played Kel Kimble, a fizzy drink enthusiast and occasionally-clumsy partner in crime to his best friend, Kenan.
The critically acclaimed TV show was known for breaking the fourth wall by having Kenan and Kel come out on stage and address the audience at the beginning and end. Inevitably, Kenan would suggest some form of hijynx that Kel knew nothing about, then dart offstage, prompting Kel’s second catchphrase, “Awwww here it goes.”
Kel’s movie debut, produced and directed by Dan Schneider, was “Good Burger,” a spin off the famous “All That” sketch. Kel reprised his role as Ed, while Kenan played a student named Dexter who, after taking a summer job at Good Burger to pay a fine, decides to make money off a special sauce invented by Ed. Chaotic antics, as always, ensue.
Two years later in 1999, Kel would land a starring role alongside Ben Stiller and Greg Kinnear in “Mystery Men,” a gut-busting comedy about a group of superheroes with unimpressive powers (Kel played Invisible Boy).
Production and Writing Debut
After “Kenan & Kel” ended in 2000, Kel took a hiatus from Nickelodeon and dabbled in other film, TV, stage productions, and even music video roles (he appeared in the Kanye West video for “All Falls Down.”)
Production debuts being a defining moment for most actors, Kel was able to autonomously exercise his creative comedy style in “Dance Fu,” a comedy he co-wrote, produced, and starred in. The straight-to-DVD movie is an underrated gem, and Kel fans will certainly appreciate how Kel plays both the protagonist (a dancer named Chicago Pulaski Jones) and the antagonist (a villain named Pretty-Eyed Willy.)
Return to Nickelodeon
In 2013, Kel made a triumphant return to Nickelodeon with a guest appearance on Dan Schneider’s “Sam & Cat.” In the episode, he played a character called “Peezy B,” a rapper who, impressed by Sam’s style, hired her to be his personal assistant.
Following the episode, #PeezyB trended on Twitter as fans reacted to Kel’s appearance, sending new ripples of excitement into the Schneiderverse. And as many of you know, Peezy B set the stage for Kel to expand upon his rapper persona when he made an even bigger return to Nickelodeon as a lead character on Dan Schneider’s “Game Shakers.”
Since 2015, Kel Mitchell has starred as superstar rapper Double G on Nickelodeon’s “Game Shakers,” a show about a close-knit group of teens running a gaming startup. Double G is the company’s chief investor, and father of Triple G, the company’s official game consultant.
According to creator Dan Schneider, as reported by Variety, “When Kel is doing scenes on our new show, ‘Game Shakers,’ we all laugh so hard on set, just like we did 20 years ago…. It feels new, but also very familiar. Sometimes I have to think to myself, ‘Wait, is this 1995 or 2015?’”
It’s clear that in 2017, Kel’s comedic genius is as sharp as ever, making kids today love him just as much as he loved orange soda way back when. Long may he reign and entertain!
Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer. Dan Schneider has devoted his life to behind-the-scenes production of hit shows on Nickelodeon including “All That,” “The Amanda Show,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101,” “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Sam & Cat,” “Henry Danger,” and “Game Shakers.”