After being gifted a pair of free Super Bowl tickets, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell decided to sell them for $2,500 a seat

By Maria Pasquini
January 31, 2019 03:00 PM
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Sometimes endless chicken fingers outweigh getting a chance to see football’s biggest game — especially when you didn’t pay for the tickets yourself.

Kenan Thompson is just getting around to attending his first Super Bowl game this year, but he was this close to attending a game many years ago.

“I got tickets to go one time when I was young,” the Saturday Night Live star, 40, said during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

The comedian went on to explain that when he was younger, he and his All That costar Kel Mitchell were given a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl from somebody that rhymes with “Schmickelodeon.”

“They sent us down in this limousine or whatever, but my debit card game and my money was funny so I didn’t have any money on me at the time,” Thompson explained, adding, “it didn’t make any sense for me to go to the Super Bowl with no money and not be able to buy anything.”

Fortunately for Thompson, there was a group of people selling tickets outside the stadium — and willing to pay $2,500 per seat.

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell
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At first, Thompson couldn’t believe what he had just heard.

“I was like, ‘What?’ ” he recalled, adding that his second thought was to turn to his pal and say, “Hey Kel, you wanna make some super bread right now?”

“We sold our tickets and went to Chili’s and balled out,” he revealed. “We went nuts. Chicken fingers for everyone.”

Mitchell and Thompson appeared on All That from about 1994-99. The duo went on to star in their own hit show, Kenan & Kel, from 1996-2000 and the 1997 comedy Good Burger.

Although Thompson and Mitchell, 40, have not regularly worked together in years, the pair had their own Good Burger reunion on The Tonight Show in 2016.

Speaking to PEOPLE about the pair’s enduring bond, Thompson previously shared that “there is time that has passed, but I don’t know if there is anything different with the way that we work with each other and the way that he makes me laugh.”

“It’s always just been the same,” he added. “As soon as I see him, it was like it could have been yesterday.”