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Kel Mitchell talks the ‘All That’ reboot, faith, Florida and more

He stopped by the Life of the Party podcast to chat about spending time in Florida, the show’s legacy and what it’s like being the adult in the room now.
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Kel Mitchell poses for a photograph after recording an episode of the 'Life of the Party' podcast Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Tampa.
CHRIS URSO | Times Kel Mitchell poses for a photograph after recording an episode of the 'Life of the Party' podcast Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Tampa. [ URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jun. 13, 2019|Updated Aug. 21, 2019

Kel Mitchell is really excited for the All That reboot on Nickelodeon.

How do we know? Before we even started recording this podcast, while he was still sitting down and putting on his headphones, he started humming that theme song by TLC. Allllll, ah-ayayay, this is allll that.

Children of the 90s know exactly what we’re talking about.

Mitchell was one of the stars of Nickelodeon’s enduring sketch comedy show for kids. All That was on for more than a decade, a career launchpad for a diverse cast of talented young people. Mitchell and SNL’s Kenan Thompson went on to star in Kenan and Kel and the cult-classic movie Good Burger.

Now, All That is back with Mitchell, Thompson and Kevin Kay as executive producers. A reboot premieres at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Nickelodeon with an all new cast and guest appearances from Mitchell and other original cast members. And, oh, the Jonas Brothers. Casual.

Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kel Mitchell and Kevin Jonas on the set of the new All That. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.
Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kel Mitchell and Kevin Jonas on the set of the new All That. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon. [ SCOTT EVERETT WHITE | SCOTT EVERETT WHITE/NICKELODEON ]

“We’re doing it in a real way,” Mitchell said. “The 90s fans are going to be super happy. But our 90s fans are parents now, too. They’re introducing it to their kids.”

Mitchell was passing through Tampa for a screening of Good Burger to promote All That. He stopped into the Life of the Party podcast studio for a chat about spending time in Florida as a teen, the show’s legacy, his faith, his friends (Sisqo!) and what it’s like being the one to hand out advice to kids.

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Kel Mitchell, top left,, records 'Life of the Party' podcast with Stephanie Hayes, bottom left, Brittany Volk, top right, and Allison Graves Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Tampa.
CHRIS URSO | Times Kel Mitchell, top left,, records 'Life of the Party' podcast with Stephanie Hayes, bottom left, Brittany Volk, top right, and Allison Graves Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Tampa. [ URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times ]

“We’re the adults now, man,” he said. “On the show that we got started on. I was just talking to Kenan yesterday about that. It’s so surreal.”

We also cracked open some orange soda and handled the matter of that theme song. Sing it with us, now. Allllll, ah-ayayay, this is allll that.

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