SNL’s Kenan Thompson is Creating a Sketch Comedy Show for Kids
Kenan Thompson has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live for approximately 300 years and now he wants to give kids a chance to show their sketch comedy skills with the help of digital-media startup Pocket.watch. Kenan is currently creating Skoogle, a 30-minute sketch show that gives kids the chance to satirize social media, streaming services, and, probably, their parents. Along with being the creator, Kenan will be featured on the show as the voice of a Siri-esque digital assistant who’s designed to help kids with the problems they face in their daily lives.
This will be the first sketch comedy show starring kids since All That, the ’90s Nickelodeon show that just so happened to star a young Kenan Thompson. Kenan was one of the breakout stars of the show and ended up starring in the hit Nickelodeon show Kenan and Kel alongside his All That co-star Kel Mitchell.
Skoogle will reunite Kenan with Albie Hecht, Pocket.watch’s Chief Content Officer and the former Nickelodeon President who played an essential role in the development of All That.
“I’m excited to once again team up with Albie Hecht and work alongside his great new team at Pocket.watch to bring Skoogle to life,” Thompson said. “Having been a part of sketch-comedy shows throughout my career, I’m thrilled to be able to introduce the show format that I love to an entirely new generation of kids.”
Pocket.watch was formed last year by CEO Chris M. Williams, former chief audience officer at Maker Studios and GM of Disney Online Originals, who hopes to create a children’s entertainment brand for the digital age. The company already has some deep-pocketed investors, including CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, film producer Jon Landau, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Downey Ventures.
Skoogle is the first series being produced for Pocket.watch and will feature 10-13 episodes. The show will be aimed at kids ages 6-11, and the company plans to sell the show to streaming services and TV networks. Production for Skoogle is slated for this fall and casting is expected to take place over the next few months.