Kenan & Kel reunite on Jimmy Fallon – dreams do come true

24 Sep 2015

If you were anywhere near a TV in the 90s, there were two icons you idolised above all others — Kenan & Kel.

Stars of their own eponymous TV show, Kenan & Kel brought you wacky humour and an overpowering yearning to try orange soda.

The duo also brought their comedy stylings to the silver screen, with the oft-maligned cult classic Good Burger.

The 1997 movie bombed with critics, but found a cult following in later years. You’d be hard pressed to find a 90s kid who couldn’t join you in a chorus of “Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?”

Since the halcyon days of 90s-era Nickelodeon, Kenan and Kel have parted ways.

Kenan has reclaimed his surname and has become Kenan Thompson, one of the more consistently funny stars of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

Kel (Mitchell, if you’re wondering) has passed the time with regular appearances in movies and on TV, though not really in much you will have heard of.

Now, however, the dreams of ’90s kids everywhere have come true with a Kenan and Kel, Good Burger-inspired reunion on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show.

Some will be disappointed that the actors aren’t both reprising their original roles – Kel reinhabits his character, Ed, as if the intervening years never happened, but Kenan crops up as a ‘hangry’ builder, with his role as buddy to Ed taken by Fallon – but the skit is so note-perfectly Good Burger­-esque that you’re willing to forgive Fallon et al. pretty much anything.

Take a look at the reunion you’ve been wishing for:

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Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic