One of Saturday Night Live’s favorite pranksters is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Comedian and actor Kenan Thompson reached a major milestone in his career this week by being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a ceremony Thursday night in Los Angeles, California.
The 44-year-old showed up in style for his big moment, decked out in an all-navy suit while joined by his two daughters for the career-making evening.
Kenan’s former SNL co-star Leslie Jones thrilled him as she eagerly captured the star’s unveiling, arranged for a close-up photo of Thompson’s shiny new achievement, and later delivered a speech in his honor.
In addition to Jones, Josh Server, Thompson’s former co-star of the Nickelodeon sketch series “All That,” also gave a speech in honor of his friend.
The humorist is in good company on the iconic monument, as he recently shared another comic legend with his star neighbors.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the comedian revealed that his star was placed alongside that of SNL creator Lorne Michaels.
“It’s just an honor and a privilege to enter Lorne Michaels next to the GOAT,” said Thompson.
The new recognition comes amid a string of positive career news for Thompson, who was recently announced as the host of the 74th Emmy Awards, broadcast on September 12.
Thompson himself is no stranger to the Emmys, having been nominated six times for an Emmy Award and even scoring two nods last year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his comedy series ‘Kenan’ and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘SNL’. ”.
This year also marks the 20th season on Saturday Night Live, where he is the longest-running cast member of the series to date.
“Kenan Thompson is the voice of a generation,” Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said of the occasion, according to the Today Show.