“All That” is having a birthday! Tomorrow will mark 20 years since the debut of the kids sketch comedy show that helped make stars out of Nick [Cannon] and fellow cast mates, Kenan Thompson and Amanda Bynes.
Complex Magazine spoke with some of most of the main cast members and a few of the show’s musical guests to get the scoop on what it took to get on what was often dubbed as “the kid version of SNL”.
When asked by Complex how he got his shot for the show here’s what Nick had to say:
I actually didn’t audition for All That. Two years before I was even on the show, I was the audience warm up and writer for the show. I was a comic doing stand-up in Los Angeles when I was around 16 years old. Someone from the show saw me doing stand-up and they asked to manage me. They’d send me to tapings of All That and have me perform a couple jokes. So I was entertaining the audience while the cast was in the back changing.
Instead of trying to be on the show, I would write material for everybody. I would get with Kenan and Danny Tamberelli and Josh Server and come up with stuff. Then I became a staff writer on Kenan and Kel and Cousin Skeeter. Kenan kind of opened that door for me.
When I was finally asked to be on the show, I already had a record deal and a television deal with Will Smith’s company, so I was a little reluctant. But then I ended up doing All That because they were my family. If you noticed, in my first season of the show, my credit said “featuring” because I was already signed with Will Smith and I couldn’t officially say that I was a cast member.