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Kenan Thompson juggling his NBC sitcom and ‘highly emotional’ ‘SNL’

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Saturday Night Live is scheduled to continue its 47th season on January 15th. But with COVID-19 getting stronger because of the omicron option, who can rely on any schedule these days?

SNL ended 2021 with a horrible note as the virus forced the December 18 episode by Paul Rudd to leave music guest Charlie XCX, live viewers and actors and most of the crew. Of the current SNL comedians, only Kenan Thompson and Michael Che have appeared live.

If anything, perhaps it served as a sad nod to Thompson’s consistency; he is the longest-running actor in the show’s history, now in his 17th season. Thompson, 43, starred as SNL in the completion of Season 2 of the Kenan series on his NBC sitcom (Monday, 8 EST / PST).

“We spent seven weeks working without a break before‘ SNL ’started,” Thompson recalls in a recent interview. “We (” SNL “) took a two-week break to go and then we finished.”

Thompson filmed Kenan in Los Angeles, and for the second time noted that his bicoastal schedule was easier because of vaccines and protocols. He also allowed the sitcom to take pictures outside of his studio. In Season 2, Thompson repeats the role of Atlanta TV host and widowed father of two, Kenan Williams. Although her real-life daughters are only 7 and 3 years old, they enjoyed watching their first season, which earned them an Thompson Emmy nomination.

“Watching them watch the show is an exciting prospect,” Thompson said. “It’s like this:” (sisters Dani and Danna Lanes, who play Thompson’s daughters) are we? Or are we them? ” That’s ridiculous. “

Busy between the Thompson family, the production company and the podcast. And if SNL returns to the “surprising” COVID level, as New York Governor Kathy Hochul points out, the actors will be there to support each other.

“No one wants to interfere with anyone’s private space because we are all adults. But at the same time, if I see my friend in pain, I try to cheer him up, ”Thompson said. “We all understand that we’re standing in a ditch together and doing a very specific job that a lot of people can’t afford to do … so it’s never considered simple, but it’s very emotional.”

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