Kenan Thompson is currently the elder statesman at SNL, but long before that he was Pierre Escargot, a raincoat-clad Professeur de français who taught kids how to say, "Take that porkchop out of your brassiere" from a bathtub for five seasons on the Nickelodeon show All That. The show aired intermittently from 1994 to 2005, and was one of the first (if not the first) sketch comedy shows for (and starring) kids. It launched Thompson's career (not to mention Amanda Bynes's), and now Thompson's giving back—he's teaming up with former All That costars to launch a new sketch comedy program for children.
The show, SKOOGLE, will focus on "kid entrepreneur inventors," with Thompson steering the ship as creator, executive producer and the voice of the Siri-type title character. Former All That star Josh Server (remember him?!!) is a co-producer, and Albie Hecht, who helped develop All That, is executive producer.
All That's OG fans are probably having their own kids these days so it's safe to say SKOOGLE will find an audience with them. You and/or your children can watch the show on pocket.watch, a new media brand aimed at kids ages 2-11, sometime in the near future.
And now let's revisit some of Thompson's most memorable All That sketches.
Here he is as Pierre Escargot:
And as a cashier:
And as Miss Piddlin, the lunchlady:
And as Superdude:
And, last but not least, here he is cooking with Chris Farley: