'All That': Where Are They Now?
Kenan Thompson (1994-1999)
THEN: As one of the seven original cast members, Thompson helped create All That’s distinctive voice with memorable sketches from "Pierre Escargot" to "Mavis and Clavis." Many bits paired him with Kel Mitchell, leading to the duo’s spinoff show, Kenan & Kel.
NOW: Thompson leads one of the more successful comedy careers of the All That cast. After Kenan & Kel, he starred in films like Good Burger and Fat Albert, and has been a cast member on All That’s adult equivalent, Saturday Night Live, since 2003. Thompson is currently the show's most senior cast member.
Kel Mitchell (1994-1999)
THEN: The red to Thompson’s blue, Mitchell brought a frantic energy to their sketches. Even during over-the-top bits like "Repairman-man," Mitchell always managed to turn things up even further.
NOW: Much ado has been made about Mitchell’s relative career invisibility compared to Thompson; there was even a widely-circulated death hoax in 2006. Fortunately, Mitchell is alive and well. He currently stars on All That mastermind Dan Schneider’s latest sitcom, Game Shakers.
Lori Beth Denberg (1994-1998)
THEN: Denberg’s sketches often favored wit over mania or ridiculous costumes. Her fan-favorite “Vital Information” sketch was the closest thing All That had to Weekend Update, and the "Loud Librarian" embodied the show’s mocking attitude toward hypocritical adults.
NOW: Denberg’s biggest post-All That role was overachieving student Lydia on The Steve Harvey Show. She also provided cameo appearances in Good Burger, Dodgeball, and (most recently) an episode of Workaholics.
Josh Server (1994-2000)
THEN: Server wasn’t just an original cast member of All That, he was the only one to remain through all seven seasons of the show’s first run. Server’s "Detective Dan" character was hilariously incompetent, but he’ll probably always be known best for playing Ear Boy. “The Ear Boy character will live with me for the rest of my life, it doesn't matter where I go or what I do,” Server told Complex. “When I win my Oscar, God willing, they're going to show a clip of Ear Boy.”
NOW: After All That, Server continued to guest on Nickelodeon shows like The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, and Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. He recently tweeted a cute reunion with some fellow All That veterans.
Angelique Bates (1994-1996)
THEN: Bates successfully auditioned for All That with a Steve Urkel impression, and put that character to use in her actual sketches on the show. After only two years, she was the first cast member to leave.
NOW: Bates has kept up with All That co-stars Katrina Johnson and Alisa Reyes. The three often reunite for comedy sketches on Bates’ YouTube channel under the acronym AKA. She’s also ventured into music under the name Alizay.
Katrina Johnson (1994-1997)
THEN: All That may have been comedy by kids for kids, but it wasn’t afraid to mock things in the greater culture. Johnson’s hilarious impression of presidential candidate Ross Perot was emblematic of that.
NOW: Johnson hosted an online radio show, Uncensored Radio’s Guilty Pleasures, until 2015.
Alisa Reyes (1994-1997)
THEN: Reyes was one of the most upbeat members of the original All That cast, bringing a peppy energy to skits like “Kiki the Island Girl.”
NOW: After her stint on Nickelodeon, Reyes moved on to Disney Channel, where she voiced animated mean girl LaCienega Boulevardez on The Proud Family. She later worked as a radio DJ and host for Playboy’s Sirius station, and recently returned to voiceover work on the 2015 3D cartoon Da Jammies.
Amanda Bynes (1996-2000)
THEN: Bynes was the first addition to the cast outside of the original seven and at just 10 years old, one of the youngest. However, Bynes quickly made her mark with distinctive sketches like “Ask Ashley.” Her star power allowed her to graduate to her own sketch show, The Amanda Show.
NOW: After The Amanda Show, Bynes moved on to the mid-2000s WB sitcom What I Like About You. She also starred in movies like 2003's What a Girl Wants, 2006's She’s the Man, and, most recently, 2010's Easy A. Bynes has been on a hiatus from acting ever since, amid some unfortunate personal setbacks. In 2018, she appeared on the cover of Paper magazine and announced that she was considering a return to acting.
Nick Cannon (1998-2000)
THEN: Although he eventually became one of Nickelodeon’s biggest personalities, Cannon didn’t even audition for All That. He started as an emcee who would hold the live audience over while cast members changed costumes, and sometimes helped write material with his friends Server and Thompson. As a result, when Cannon finally got his shot on the show, he was totally willing to go as over-the-top as needed. See, for example, his ridiculous “The Inconvenience Store” sketch with Thompson.
NOW: Like Bynes, Cannon got his own show after All That – The Nick Cannon Show, in which he would “take over” everyday situations and make them better, though the lack of producer Dan Schneider’s magic touch may have led to its early cancellation. Cannon has since turned his talents to everything from movies (2002's Drumline) to music (2014's White People Party Music) to hosting (America’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer).
Gabriel Iglesias (2000)
THEN: At 20 years old, the famously “fluffy” comedian was the oldest cast member of All That. He joined just in time for the last year of the show's original run, but still managed to showcase his talent for impressions and self-deprecating comedy.
NOW: Iglesias is a successful stand-up comic with multiple specials and his own showcase (Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution). He also provided comic relief to 2012 and 2015's Magic Mike movies, had a recurring role on ABC's short-lived Cristela, and performed a voice role in 2019's UglyDolls.
Danny Tamberelli (1997-2000)
THEN: Fresh off that other seminal '90s Nick series, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Tamberelli joined All That in the later seasons. He took over “Vital Information” after Denberg’s departure and introduced the world to “Fat Cop.”
NOW: Tamberelli continues to put his sketch comedy talents to good use with his ManBoobs collective. He also plays bass in the band Jounce. Every so often, he’ll reunite with his fellow All That cast members for a Twitter pic or two.
Jamie Lynn Spears (2002-2004)
THEN: Britney Spears appeared as a musical performer in an early season of All That. When the show came back after a two-year hiatus, her younger sister Jamie Lynn joined the cast.
NOW: Spears went straight from All That to her own star vehicle spinoff, Zoey 101. Her career went on hiatus after an unexpected pregnancy at 16, but she has since re-emerged as a country music songwriter. Spears has released her own music, sung with her sister, and helped co-write Jana Kramer’s 2015 single, “I Got the Boy.”