Kenan Thompson comes to ETSU
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 22:09
On Saturday night, I’m proud to say, I was granted an exclusive interview with Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson
And by “exclusive,” I mean in front of about 200 people. And by “interview,” I mean one question. But let’s not argue semantics.
After Thompson’s hilarious hour of stand-up comedy (which included a story about Bill Cosby that would warp any previous perceptions you have of him), he opened the floor to questions directly from the students.
Two microphones were put in place, and at first, students were slow to come up and speak to him.
I could hear the shakiness in the students’ voices as they asked their questions, and he would at times jest at what they said, which made me wary of actually going up and asking him anything. “Oh god! What if I say something dumb and he makes fun of me in front of all these people?”
As the questions continued, I got over that fear. Because really, he was doing his job making us laugh. At our own expense. But hey, you’d be remembered by the silly thing you said that made everybody laugh.
So I was over that hurdle. But did I get up from my seat? Not yet, because another question arose in my mind: “Oh god! What do I even ask him?” My legs then decided for me to climb over about 20 people to get to the shorter line to ask him a question — a question that didn’t yet exist in my mind.
As the line between me and the microphone got shorter and shorter, I got more and more nervous.
“Should I ask what his favorite character to play on SNL is? His favorite impression to do? No, that’s already been asked …” While I was thinking about potential questions, I was lucky to have gotten in line just at the right time — I was one of the last people to ask Thompson a question.
“Besides the two dicks story,” (I told you this stand-up routine has made me change my idea of Bill Cosby forever,) “what other stories can you tell us about him?”
I was so nervous. I felt like all of my blood was pooling in my cheeks as he stared at me answering the question.
I was so focused on how my face felt, I didn’t even really hear what he had to say. Something about hoagies and refusing little girl’s autographs, but how Thompson loved Cosby anyway.
I rushed to sit back down when he turned to another student to answer their question.
In my seat, I kept thinking, “Oh god! I can’t believe I just talked to Kenan Thompson! And Kenan Thompson spoke to me, too! Gahh!”
So yeah, I had fun.
But isn’t it just the worst? I was walking back to my dorm after the show when finally I thought of the perfect question: “Out of your performance here tonight and from answering questions from us, are we inspiring a potential SNL sketch or two?”
I’ll be on the lookout this season for sketches that remind me of his ETSU performance.