His first impression on Saturday Night Live (1975) was of Bill Cosby, which he did regularly on All That (1994).
Currently lives in both Los Angeles and New York.
Good friends with Kel Mitchell
Reprised three of his All That (1994) roles on its 10th Anniversary Special: Lester Oaks: Construction Worker, Principal Pimpel, and Pierre Escargot, whom he mentions is his favorite character.
Had to wear a fat suit for the character of Fat Albert (2004) for the title character.
Was on weight-loss program before getting the lead role in Fat Albert (2004). Afterward, he had to gain the weight back.
The series on which he stared, All That (1994), aired exactly 20 years after Saturday Night Live (1975) aired. He would go on to star in the latter eight years later.
Is the first regular cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975) to be born after the show first premiered.
Is an Atlanta Falcons fan.
Has played both "Fat Albert", in the live-action movie, Fat Albert (2004), and the show's creator, Bill Cosby, which he has done several times, including on a Celebrity Jeopardy sketch on Saturday Night Live (1975).
A fan favorite recurring role on Saturday Night Live (1975) is Kenan Thompson's "Diondre Cole", a BET talk-show host: "What Up With That?" His character never allows guests to be interviewed because "Diondre Cole" always interrupts them - breaking out into a song & dance number with a bizarre & comedic ensemble cast.