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Kel Johari Rice Mitchell (born August 25, 1978)[1] is an American actor, stand-up comedian, musician, singer, and rapper.[2] He is known for his work as a regular cast member of the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That, as the Invisible Boy in the 1999 Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush superhero satire film Mystery Men, his portrayal of Kel Kimble on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel, his role as Ed in the film and All That sketch Good Burger, as the voice of Dutch in the Disney XD cartoon Motorcity, and as Ray in the 2006 sequel to Like Mike, Like Mike 2: Streetball. He also starred as Double G on the Nickelodeon series Game Shakers.

Kel Mitchell
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Mitchell in November 2007
Born
Kel Johari Rice Mitchell

(1978-08-25) August 25, 1978 (age 41)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
  • musician
  • singer
  • rapper
Years active1994–present
Television
Spouse(s)
Tyisha Hampton (m. 1999–2005)

Asia Lee (m. 2012)
Websitekelmitchell.com

CareerEdit

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson starred in the series Kenan & Kel from 1996 to 2000, they also starred in the 1997 film, Good Burger, which grew out of one of his sketches from All That. The duo also appeared together in an episode of Sister, Sister with Tia and Tamera Mowry, four episodes of The Steve Harvey Show, and they appeared in a special two-part episode of Cousin Skeeter. They were also featured in an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

Outside of his ventures with Kenan Thompson, Mitchell provided the voice of a mild-mannered and playful dog named T-Bone in the children's cartoon series Clifford the Big Red Dog, alongside John Ritter, from 2000 to 2003. Additionally, he made an appearance in the 2004 Kanye West music video All Falls Down as a luggage collecting valet. Mitchell co-hosted Dance 360 with Fredro Starr; the show lasted for only one season. From 2005 until 2006, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One, and in 2007 Mitchell starred in BET's new series Take the Cake. Some of his other credits include Honeydripper and Mystery Men.

He auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 2003, but lost to his Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson.

Mitchell was the subject of a death hoax in 2006, when a rumor was spread around Myspace.[3]

In March 2008, he filmed his writing and producing debut, Dance Fu, in which he also starred as the lead role. Also in 2008, Mitchell appeared in two Detroit-based stage productions, Affairs and Laundromat, the latter written by Carlos Faison and also starred comedian Buddy Lewis, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons of R&B group SWV, celebrity impersonator/stage actor Matt Macis, and accomplished vocalist and performer Lauren "Lexxi" Alexis. Mitchell was a part of G4's Attack of the Show!, playing various characters. He also has a recurring role on the PBS Kids show Curious George.

Mitchell appeared at the 2011 Comikaze Expo with several of his All That cast members,[4] and has appeared in numerous panels of the same kind since, including at New York Comic-Con in 2015, and filmed segments with them for the show's 22nd anniversary celebration on The Splat in April 2016.[5]

Mitchell made an appearance on the Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat as a rap artist named Peezy B, in the episode titled "#Peezy B".[6]

Mitchell is currently a cast member on Dan Schneider's sitcom, Game Shakers, which premiered on Nickelodeon on September 12, 2015. Mitchell plays the role of rap-superstar and business partner of the Game Shakers company, Double G.[7]

On September 23, 2015, Mitchell appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in a skit featuring his iconic role as Ed from Good Burger. Mitchell was also reunited with his former Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson who reprised his role as "Lester Oakes, Construction Worker". They later competed against one another in an episode of the revived Nickelodeon game show Double Dare that aired in November 2018. They also teamed as executive producers for the reboot of All That which premiered in June 2019.[8]

In 2019, Mitchell is competing as a celebrity contestant on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Mitchell was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up on the South Side.[10] He attended Chicago Vocational High School and took drama classes at the ETA Creative Arts Foundation.[11] Mitchell also has two sisters, Kenyatta and Kyra.[12] He is a convert to Christianity.[13]

He was married to Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell for six years until their divorce in 2005. He remarried on February 25, 2012 to rapper Asia Lee.[14] The two have a daughter together, born in July 2017.[15]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994–1999 All That various Main role (seasons 1–5)
1996–2000 Kenan & Kel Kel Kimble Lead role
1996–1998 The Steve Harvey Show Vincent 4 episodes
1997 Sister, Sister Todd Episode: "Inherit the Twin"
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Sabrina's Choice"
1998–1999 Figure It Out Himself Panelist
1999 The Amanda Show Himself Episode: "Episode 1"
1999 Cousin Skeeter Kel Kimble Episode: "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West" (Parts 1 & 2)
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kel Kimble Television film
2000 Nash Bridges Stephen Dick Clark Episode: "Hit and Run"
2000–2003 Clifford the Big Red Dog T-Bone Main voice role
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program (2001, 2002)
2000–2001 City Guys Malcolm Episodes: "Makin' Up is Hard to Do", "Dances with Malcolm"
2001 The Proud Family Carlos Voice role; episode: "Forbidden Date"
2002 The Nick Cannon Show Himself Episode: "Nick Takes Over Style"
2003 The Parkers Freddy 3 episodes
2004 Dance 360 Himself Co-host
2004 Clifford's Puppy Days Bill Mazer Voice role, 2 episodes
2004 Half & Half Marlon Episode: "The Big Not So Loyal Family Episode"
2005 My Coolest Years Himself Episode: "The Rich Kids"
2005 Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words Himself Television special
2005 All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special Himself Television special
2005 Complete Savages Sid Episode: "The Complete Savages in... 'Hot Water'"
2005–2006 One on One Manny Sellers Recurring role, 6 episodes
2007 Polly and Marie Kevin Television film
2008 Attack of the Show! Wayne-Bo Episode #1.767
2009 Nite Tales: The Series Marty Mac Episode: "Ima Star"
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Various characters Voice role; television special
2010 Pink Panther and Pals Ant Main voice role
2012 Good Luck Charlie M.C. Episode: "Battle of the Bands"
2012 Motorcity Dutch Main voice role
2012 The First Family Shady/Swash Episodes: "The First Makeover", "The First Embarrassment"
2012–2015 Wild Grinders Jay Jay Main voice role
2013 Sam & Cat Peezy B Episode: "#PeezyB"
2014 The Thundermans Sensei Episode: "Have An Ice Birthday"
2014 Friends of the People Kel Episode: "Hustle Gods"
2014 Liv & Maddie Q pop Episode: "Howl-A-Rooney"
2015 Ridin' with Burgess Lamar Voice role; episode: Pilot
2015 VeggieTales in the House Tiny Pea and Mr. Pea Voice role
2015–2019 Game Shakers Double G Main role
2016 Double Dare Anniversary Special Himself Contestant in first game filmed at San Diego Comic-Con
2017 Henry Danger Double G Crossover special: "Danger Games"
2017 90's House Himself Episode: "The One With the Sitcom"
2018 Wild 'N Out Himself Episode: "All That Takeover"
2018 Double Dare Himself Contestant; episode: "Team Kel vs. Team Kenan"[16]
2019 Tails of Valor Himself Host[17]
2019 All That various Recurring role; also executive producer (season 11)
2019 SpongeBob SquarePants Beans McBeans / Himself Television special: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
2019 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant (season 28)

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Ed
1999 Mystery Men Invisible Boy
2000 The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Martin
2004 Kel Videos Live – This Face Belongs on the Tube Himself Direct-to-video film
2004 Kel Videos Live – Is That the Mitchell's Boy? Himself Direct-to-video film
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie T-Bone Voice role
2005 Ganked Ricky Barry Direct-to-video film
2006 Like Mike 2: Streetball Ray Direct-to-video film
2006 Where Is Love Waiting Tony
2007 Honeydripper Junebug
2008 Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2 Curtis Direct-to-video film
2009 N.C.B.S. Brannen
2009 See Dick Run Rich Jones
2011 Dance Fu Chicago Pulaski Jones/Pretty Eyed Willy Direct-to-video film; also co-writer and co-producer
2011 Battle of Los Angeles Lt. Tyler Laughlin Direct-to-video film
2013 Caught on Tape Marlon

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role Notes
1999 "All Star" Smash Mouth Song was Featured in Mystery Men in which Mitchell appeared
2004 "All Falls Down" Kanye West Cameo Appearance
2017 "Young Dumb & Broke" Khalid Cook

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Source:[18]
  • 1996: "Watch Me Do My Thing" (by Immature featuring Smooth and Kel Mitchell) from All That: The Album
  • 1997: "We're All Dudes" (by Less Than Jake and Kel Mitchell) from the Good Burger soundtrack
  • 1999: "Who Are Those Mystery Men" (by Kel Mitchell and the M.A.F.T. Emcees featuring Romaine Jones and Simbi Khali) from the Mystery Men soundtrack
  • 1999: "Pedal to the Steel" (by Youngstown featuring Kel Mitchell) from Youngstown's Let's Roll
  • 2015: "Kel Mitchell" (by Spec featuring Asia Lee and Kel Mitchell) from Spec Vacancy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kel Mitchell Biography (1978–)". film reference. Retrieved December 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Gomez, Patrick (October 28, 2015). "How All That's Kel Mitchell Overcame Drug Use and homicidal Thoughts by Finding Faith". People. People. Archived from the original on October 29, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Gideon Resnick (December 19, 2013). "Whatever Happened to Kel From Kenan & Kel—as Explained by Kel". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "All That panel: Kel loves Orange soda". YouTube. November 6, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Harnick, Chris (March 23, 2016). "An All That Reunion Is Coming to The Splat—This Is Vital Information for Your Everyday Life". E! Online. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kel Mitchell Returns To His Nickelodeon Roots On 'Sam And Cat' This Fall"
  7. ^ Snierson, Dan (June 26, 2015). "Kel Mitchell returns to Nickelodeon to star in 'Game Shakers'". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Kel [@iamkelmitchell] (February 21, 2019). "It's the truth!! #AllThat is back!! Get ready! Get Set! My bro @kenanthompson and I are about to take this to a whole new level! Now that's All That! #blessedlife #Nickelodeon #kenanandkel #teamJesus #executiveproducers #allthatisback 🤯💯🔥🙏🏾💪🏾" (Tweet). Retrieved February 26, 2019 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Thorbecke, Catherine (August 21, 2019). "Dancing With the Stars 2019: Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Lamar Odom and more to compete on new season". Good Morning America. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Lukach, Adam (June 4, 2018). "Q&A: Chicago native Kel Mitchell returns home for Nickelodeon SlimeFest". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 13, 2018. I'm from the South Side of Chicago...
  11. ^ Chicago Tribune:https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1997-07-27-9707270374-story.html
  12. ^ "Kel Mitchell Profile". Superior Pics. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
  13. ^ "My Testimony – The Official Website of Kel Mitchell". Kelmitchell.net. February 16, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  14. ^ Williams, Nakisha (February 29, 2012). "Actor Kel Mitchell Jumps the Broom With Rapper Asia Lee". BET. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  15. ^ Aiello, McKenna (July 25, 2017). "Kel Mitchell and Wife Asia Lee Welcome a Daughter Named Wisdom". E! Online. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  16. ^ Lawrence, Derek (June 25, 2018). "Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell reuniting to compete on special episode of Double Dare". Entertainment Weekly.
  17. ^ ""CBS DREAM TEAM… IT'S EPIC!" ADDS NEW SERIES TO ITS SATURDAY MORNING LINEUP". CBS Press Express (Press release). CBS. December 5, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  18. ^ "Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved April 27, 2013.

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