Only read this if you love orange soda.
Everyone’s favorite orange soda-drinker — Kel Mitchell — stopped by BuzzFeed to spill some #TBTea on his former Nickelodeon days while answering your fan questions…
…and BOY, did he SPILL IT, including some dirt on a potential Good Burger sequel:
Which cast member on All That made you laugh the hardest?
Kel: Kenan, of course. We would always try to make each other laugh. One of the times we both just cracked up at a live show and Nickelodeon actually kept it. I think I took a burger and turned it into a shake? I turned back around and Kenan just broke, and then I broke, and we both just started cracking up laughing.
Who was your favorite All That character that you played?
Kel: Coach Kreeton was a lot of fun, just because there was a lot of physical comedy and I knew I got to tear up the place and scream. I love physical comedy and anytime I can get really physical, I love those moments.
What was your favorite memory on set with Amanda Bynes?
Kel: Her talent is amazing! Her physical comedy — like, she was never scared to get physical. They [Nickelodeon] were like, “She wants to do physical comedy like how you do.” And I just gave her a lot of pointers — she took it and ran with it. She’s a beast, she’s fearless. I liked all of Amanda’s scenes. She was another one that was really fun to watch.
Were your characters in Kenan & Kel based on your actual friendship with Keenan IRL?
Kel: The friendship, that’s where it initially started. They [Nickelodeon] were like, “This needs to be a show!” Having fun and having your friend’s back, yeah that’s definitely like me. As far as the other crazy stuff that he [Kel] would do, not me so much! I love playing that character man, he’s just awesome.
Which of Kel’s catchphrases do people ask you to repeat the most?
Kel: It’s between “Welcome to Good Burger!” and “Who loves orange soda?” Anywhere I go, I’m treated like the Burger King. If I order anything at a restaurant and it’s not an orange soda, “You’re supposed to be drinking orange sodas!” Don’t be scared to come up and ask me, if you see me in person, and talk about orange soda and burgers. I’m not gonna spill the orange soda in your face, it’s all good!
Did you actually have to drink all that orange soda?
Kel: Oh, I drank a lot of orange soda on set! And it wasn’t like, just little bottles or cans of orange soda, I mean these were liters that I’d just be chugging. I have a lot of fructose inside of me.
Are there any plans for a Good Burger sequel?
Kel: That’s a good one! The conversations have started. There’s something in the water, everything’s coming back. It will definitely be awesome and there was a meeting! They’re just working everything out contractually, so just keep your ears to the streets.
If you were to give your younger Nickelodeon-self any advice, what would it be?
Kel: I would say just have fun man, enjoy it! I was ready to battle. I just had the heart of a lion. I was like, every sketch, “I’m about to make it the funniest thing you’ve ever seen!” I would say just have a little bit more fun with it, but also still keep that intensity because it definitely worked.
Make sure to catch Kel starring on Game Shakers, airing Sundays on Nickelodeon!