Kel Johari Rice Mitchell is an American actor, comedian, dancer, musician, and writer born on August 25, 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his work as a regular cast member on All That, his portrayal of Kel Kimble on Kenan & Kel, his role in the Good Burger film, and his voice roles on Disney XD's Motorcity and the Nicktoons series Wild Grinders. Due to his birthday, his astrological sign would be Virgo.

Sketches on All ThatEdit

  • Ed from ''Good Burger - A dimwitted teenager who served as the Good Burger cashier, but somehow always found ways to screw things up. His usual catchphrase, along with his customer greeting, is "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?". Another commonly used phrase is "", usually said when a customer pointed out a flaw in their order. When not with a customer, he would bang on the cash register singing, ""I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, 'cause we're all dudes. HEY!" For the final two seasons of the show, Mitchell was replaced by Ryan Coleman. One of the show's producers, (known for starting iCarly, Victorious, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, etc.) Dan Schneider, played Ed's usually irritated boss. Some of his antics at work include accidentally breaking an aquarium filled with pet bugs and replacing an actor that he knocked unconscious during the filming for a Good Burger commercial. The sketch lasted from the first to fifth seasons, before being picked up for the ninth and tenth seasons, but Mitchell's role lasted the first five.
  • Coach Kreeton from ''Dullmont Jr. High School - A gym coach who constantly received inflictions of pain, such as when his hand was stuck in a waffle iron and he then fell out the classroom window. As shown in the All That 10th Anniversary Special, he quit his job at Dullmont claiming he couldn't deal with "those demon crazy communist children", even when Principal Pimpell beckons he come back. This is one of the show's more popular sketches, as well as Mitchell's personal favorite. His catchphrases are "Goood!", "Oh, the life I live is sad!", and "You upset me in ways I can't understand!". The sketch lasted from the first to fifth seasons, and so did Mitchell's role.
  • Pizza Face from ''Earboy - Walter the Earboy's friend who namely has a slice of pepperoni pizza for a face. He is one of Earboy's 3 friends, alongside Tinsel Teeth and Four Eyes. When "Henry Ross Perot" threatened him by saying he preferred pizza, Pizza Face screamed and jumped out the window. Apparently when he cries his pepperonis can fall off. The sketch lasted from the first to third seasons before being picked up a final time in season five.
  • Yo Gurl/Butter Boy/Cow Boy from Superdude - Yo Gurl is a sassy female villain with pink hair inside a "yogurt cup" that threatened Superdude by throwing yogurt. She deems to be the "Queen of Icy Topping", but was frozen by Superdude's cold breath. Butter Boy is a butter-suited villain that is the "butter-in-law" of Milk Man, another one of Superdude's enemies. Superdude used heat vision to melt Butter Boy. Finally, Cow Boy was seen in a Western-themed Superdude sketch. He is an outlaw cowboy dressed as a cow that attacks by spraying milk from his udders. Superdude defeated him by tying up his udders, causing Cow Boy to explode and splatter the saloon setting with milk. Butter Boy was seen in the second season, Yo Gurl in the third, and Cow Boy in the fourth. The sketch through the first six seasons.
  • 'Singo 'from USS Spaceship - This Star Trek spoof took in Singo as a crewman that sang everything he said, hence his name. It is unknown if he purposely does this or if this is a permanent habit of h

    Kel as the Repairman

    is. The sketch lasted from seasons 3-4.
  • The Repairman - Whenever a device, item, or equipment piece broke in a house, workplace, or public area, The Repairman appeared (usually falling from the sky) claiming that he could fix the broken product. Possibly a superhero, the Repairman wore thick glasses, a pair of overalls over a blue shirt with his logo on it, a beige bowtie, safety gloves, a toolbelt, and work boots.


He and Kenan Thompson also starred in the series Kenan & Kel from 1996–2000, as well as a 1997 major motion picture, titled 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, a few episodes of The Steve Harvey show, and they appeared in a special two-part episode of Cousin Skeeter. Mitchell's character in Kenan & Kel made him famous for his antics and persona. 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 also 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. In 2005, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom One on One with Kyla Pratt, and in 2007 Mitchell starred in BET's new series Take the Cake. Some of his other credits include Honeydripper and Mystery Men.

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. Currently, Mitchell is 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. He also made a guest appearance at Charles Chaplain School 24# in New Jersey.

He auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 2003 but lost out to his Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson, who became the first cast member to be younger than the show itself at age 29.

Mitchell recently appeared at the 2011 Comikaze Expo with several of his All That cast members, and recited his orange soda catchphrase from Kenan & Kel.

Currently, Kel returned to Nickelodeon and is starring in a new sitcom Game Shakers, created by former All That producer, Dan Schneider.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1999, Mitchell married Tyisha Hampton-Mitchell, and their marriage lasted six years until a 2005 divorce. During this period, the couple had two children: a daughter (Allure), and a son (Lyric). Mitchell also has two sisters: Keyetta and Kyra. (Coincidentally, Kyra is also the name of fellow actor Kenan Thompson's character's little sister on Kenan & Kel.) He remarried in January 2012 to rapper Asia Lee. He is a devout Christian, as said on his Twitter page to be a "true man of God" and "professional Christian".


  • Kel is 5'11" (1.80 m).
  • He enjoys writing music and drawing.
  • Kel has been part of two groups: MAFT (Mind After Future Thought), as well as being part of the original Chicago-based MWAH! (Messages Which Are Hopeful) when he was 13.
  • Kel has rapped in a song alongside Youngstown in the song "Pedal to the Steel".
  • He is good friends with Kenan Thompson, as they were both regulars on All That and the two title characters of Kenan & Kel, they also share their names with their characters. The two reunited after not being seen together for 8 years in September 2015 with a "Good Burger" sketch shown on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
  • Kel once auditioned for Saturday Night Live.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 All That Himself TV series; regular (1994–1999)
1996 Kenan & Kel Kel Kimble TV series; lead (1996–2000)
The Steve Harvey Show Vincent TV series; 4 episodes (1996–1998) alongside Kenan Thompson
1997 Sister, Sister Todd TV series; 1 episode, "Inherit the Twin" alongside Kenan Thompson
Good Burger Ed
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Himself TV series; 1 episode, "Sabrina's Choice" alongside Kenan Thompson
1999 Mystery Men Invisible Boy
Cousin Skeeter Kel Kimble TV series; 2 episodes, "Hoo, I'm Wild Wild West Parts 1 & 2"
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Kel Kimble TV film, series finale of Kenan & Kel
Nash Bridges Stephen Dick Clark TV series; 1 episode, "Hit and Run"
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Martin
The Power of One: The Pokémon 2000 Movie Special Host TV movie
Clifford the Big Red Dog T-Bone (voice) TV series (2000–2003)
City Guys Malcolm TV series; 1 episode, "Makin' Up is Hard to Do"
2001 TV series; 1 episode, "Dances with Malcolm"
The Proud Family Carlos (voice) TV series; 1 episode, "Forbidden Date"
2003 The Parkers Freddy TV series; 3 episodes
2004 Clifford's Really Big Movie T-Bone (voice)
Dance 360 Co-Host TV series
Clifford's Puppy Days Bill Mazer (voice) TV series; 2 episodes
Half & Half Marlon TV series; 1 episode, "The Big Not So Loyal Family Episode"
2005 All That Himself TV series; 1 episode, "10th Anniversary Reunion Special"
Ganked Ricky Barry Video
Complete Savages Sid TV series; 1 episode, "The Complete Savages in.. 'Hot Water'"
One on One Manny TV series; 6 episodes (2005–2006)
2006 Where Is Love Waiting Tony
Like Mike 2: Streetball Ray Video
2007 Polly and Marie Kevin TV movie
Honeydripper Junebug
2008 Don't Touch If You Ain't Prayed 2 Curtis Video
2009 N.C.B.S. Brannen
See Dick Run Rich Jones
Nite Tales: The Series Marty Mac TV series; 1 episode, "Ima Star"
No Warning Cornroll Pre-Production
Caught on Tape Marlon Post-Production
2010 Pink Panther and Pals Ant (voice) TV series; regular
2011 Dance Fu Chicago Pulaski Jones/Pretty Eyed Willy Video, Co-writer and Co-producer
Battle of Los Angeles Lt. Tyler Laughlin Video
Good Luck Charlie M.C. TV series; 1 episode, "Battle of the Bands"
2012 Motorcity Dutch TV series; Regular
Wild Grinders Jay Jay TV series; Regular

Other appearancesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself
Figure It Out Himself / Panelist
1999 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99 Himself
The Amanda Show Himself TV series; 1 episode
2000 Spotlight on Location: Mystery Men Himself
2002 The Nick Cannon Show Himself TV series; 1 episode, "Nick Takes Over Style"
2005 My Coolest Years Himself TV series; 1 episode, "The Rich Kids"
Kanye West: College Dropout – Video Anthology Porter Segment, "All Falls Down"
Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words Himself
2006 I Love Toys Himself
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry Later Himself
2008 Attack of the Show! Wayne-Bo, McHammer, and others Segment, "Weeding Wayne-Bo", "McHammer", and others.
2009 Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy Himself
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Various characters
Pink Panther and Pals Ant Voice
2013 Sam & Cat Peezy B Season 1 Episode 16, #PeezyB