Apr 12, 2019

By Nicole Bitette
The popular Nickelodeon sketch comedy series celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, just before a reboot of the series kicks off later this year.

Ready yet? Get set. It’s All That. “The show is All of That and yes we do it all time”— or did it all the time, beginning 25 years ago this week.

All That, a comedy series for kids that aired on Nickelodeon in the ‘90s and early 2000s, introduced an entire generation kids to sketch comedy. It was a Saturday Night Live for the pre-teen set, and gave a start to celebrities like Kenan Thompson, who has been a cast member of SNL for 13 years, and Amanda Bynes, who had her own All That spin-off, called The Amanda Show.

 

The show was a destination for hip hop and R&B performers, with appearances from Aaliyah, Coolio, Brandy, Usher, Run-DMC., Faith Evans, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliot, OutKast, P. Diddy, and Blackstreet. Its catchy theme song was even created by the iconic girl group TLC, with a lengthy rap solo by the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez.

Best yet? It’s returning to TV later this year thanks to now-Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins, who was co-creator of the original show.

“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” Robbins said to Variety in February. "We want to bring the show back in a real fun way. This summer, we are going to bring back a lot of the original cast and the cast through the years, and let them introduce the new cast of ‘All That’ to the world.” He also said that the show would feature some of the old well-known sketches—think Good Burger, The Spice Boys, Earboy, Loud Librarian, Vital Information, Superdude and more—as well as new skits.

Robbins, who has maintained a relationship with Thompson throughout the years, brought the funnyman on as an executive producer on the new series.

“It means everything to me,” Thompson told Variety of the original series. “It was my first job that I ever had. It gave me an opportunity.”

While Thompson isn’t leaving SNL for the gig, he did say he would be as involved as possible considering his busy schedule during the season.

 

“I think it should be a staple show for Nickelodeon,” he said.

Here’s a look at the other famous faces who got their start on All That, which aired from 1994-2005.

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