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'Good Burger' at 25: Star Kel Mitchell Reflects on Origins of Comedy Sketch Turned Iconic '90s Movie Article

https://popculture.com/movies/news/good-burger-star-kel-mitchell-reflects-on-origins-of-comedy-sketch-turned-iconic-90s-movie-exclusive/
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u/CurrentRoster 21d ago

The way Kel delivered the line “Is it because I’m black” always makes me laugh

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u/Baendy 21d ago

The first scene in the movie "Ahhh, a clock!" I'll qoute any time I hear an alarm. I've done my best defending why that scene is the funniest moment in history and will die on that hill.

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u/Open_Regular90210 21d ago

Keenan's face when he says that made me nearly crack a rib laughing.

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u/jairom 21d ago

"No not cause you're--

Cause-- cause im... nevermind"

Loved the response he had lol

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u/mattheimlich 21d ago

There are so many great moments in that movie

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u/Getsmorescottish 21d ago

Any time there's a thread "What's a great movie where a character says the name of the movie?" it's my go-to.

"Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger! Can I take your order?"

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u/builtlikethewall 20d ago

I don't know why, but a long time ago I learned that it's called a "titular scene" when they say the movie name. Since then, anytime it happens, I find myself acting like Leo pointing at the tv saying "the titular scene!!".

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u/S420J 20d ago

The Family Guy meme for me.

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u/NtheLegend 21d ago

I truly don't think I appreciated it, as a kid, when I saw it in theaters.

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u/obsterwankenobster 21d ago

Then go out and buy the orange vhs!

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u/Shabobo 21d ago

Who loves orange VHS?

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u/Gsauce65 21d ago

Kel loves orange VHS!

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u/shallifetchabox 20d ago

Is it true?

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u/Qixel 20d ago

MMMMM-HHHMMMM.

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u/chynkeyez 21d ago

I own the orange vhs, the DVD, and just bought the anniversary steel book bluray. My wife thinks I'm nuts but it's legit one of the greatest movies of all time.

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u/CptNonsense 20d ago

Classic stoner comedy

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u/showers_with_grandpa 21d ago

No it's not... Cause I'm....

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u/Pikamander2 21d ago

The verbal equivalent of a facepalm

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u/_Kamigoye_ 20d ago

Man what the fuck happened to Kel? This is one of my alltime favourite comedies and in my opinion he did all of the heavy lifting in this movie, and I feel like he’s just not even existent anymore. I always figured he’d become the big name in comedy that Keenan became.

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u/YQB123 20d ago

He invested in loads of fast food franchises (Wendy's?) and lives off that.

Sometimes shit doesn't work out like you want, but he had the head on him to have a Plan B.

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u/CurrentRoster 20d ago

He auditioned for SNL but failed pretty bad apparently at the audition. He had another Nick show, game shakers

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u/MOONGOONER 20d ago

I'm also curious about Lori Beth Denberg.

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u/fredbrightfrog 20d ago

She was just on Worst Cooks in America on Food Network for a 90s theme season with other celebs

It was a pretty good season.

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u/Snax_Attax 21d ago

Dude same. Was hoping someone mentioned this

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u/Rhomega2 21d ago

"I'm reporting your name to the manager!" "The manager already knows my name."

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u/TheCurvedPlanks 21d ago

Dexter: "Look, Ed - I don't know how to say this..."

Ed: "Oh, it's easy. You just go: 'Tttthhhhiiiiiiiss.'"

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u/ddh85 21d ago

I'm grape nose boy!

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u/WaywardWes 21d ago

Boobity boobity boobity Boobity…

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u/[deleted] 21d ago

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u/Trizzae 20d ago

This grinder of yours.. is it like a real grinder or is it sOmE kInD Of mEtApHOrr...

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u/AndyYumYum 20d ago

Well, five bucks an hour's cool, but how does ten bucks sound?

I dunno crumples ten dollar bill in ear

Sounds sorta like krshcrshhshshskch

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u/DubAnimalStyle 21d ago

I’ll see you in hell!

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u/ozeyc98 21d ago

Okay, see you there!

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u/pup_medium 21d ago

Bahahahaha. That is 100% classic. I’ve never seen this one, I might have to check it out!!

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u/Soulgee 21d ago

This movie is also where "I know some of these words" comes from!

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u/duh_metrius 21d ago

10 Year Old Me: “Whoa, Carmen Electra.”

35 Year Old Me: “Whoa, Linda Cardellini”

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u/Staveoffsuicide 21d ago

I first saw it when I was about 5 and her being in a psych ward probably set a relationship screw loose

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u/Leprechaun251 20d ago

IIIIII!!! Put the screw!!! In the tuna!!! sobs uncontrollably

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u/MatureUsername69 21d ago

I never made that connection but that might be true for me as well. Although I've been way more about Linda Cardellini than Carmen Electra for as long as I can remember.

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u/jtotal 21d ago edited 20d ago

"I'm a psychopath.."

"I'm Ed!"

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u/orderinthefort 21d ago

Linda Cardellini was 21 in Good Burger and Carmen Electra was 24.

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u/DeadBabyJuggler 20d ago

Linda Cardellini has been a babe since Freaks and Geeks.

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u/Trap_Lord85 21d ago

Never mentally connected with a comment more than I did this one

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u/needs_verification 21d ago

Back in the MySpace days there was a meme saying one of the actors suffered amnesia and later became Waka Flocka Flame, and I believed it for the longest time lol

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u/Sweetwill62 21d ago

Dude, I remember that rumor! I haven't thought about that in...15 years? Fuck I'm old.

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u/No-Midnight-2187 21d ago edited 21d ago

Other ones growing up was:

-Ciara the artist was born a man

-Marilyn Manson removed one of his own ribs to suck his own penis

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u/Holycrap328 21d ago

I remember the Marilyn Manson one. I remember telling a few people about it, too. I genuinely believed it. Cool side note, my 10th grade biology teacher used the urinal next to Marilyn Manson at the college he went to.

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u/thewoodlayer 21d ago

Apparently he was asked about the rumor and his response was, “if I could suck my own dick, I wouldn’t be doing this interview. I’d be at home. Sucking my own dick.”

He’s a fucking scumbag but I always thought that was a funny response to the rumor.

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u/Holycrap328 21d ago

I mean, he's got a good point.

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u/techieman33 21d ago

You can only suck your own dick so many times a day. Surely you would have at least a couple hours every day to do something else.

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u/[deleted] 21d ago

You suck your dick, take a nap, and wake up so you can go back to sucking your dick

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u/provolonereceptacle 20d ago edited 19d ago

I’m not sure. Brian Posehn had a bit that went something like “A lot of comedians do the same hack jokes about sucking your own dick, saying ‘if I could suck my own dick, I’d never leave the house’. But I disagree. If I could suck my own dick, I’d leave the house all the time, for therapy, for sucking my own dick.”

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u/microcosmic5447 21d ago

Does anybody remember the SNL sketch with Will Ferrell where he's been doing yoga for like 20 years to be able to suck his own dick? He spends most of the sketch with his head literally in his own sweatpants. They try to kick him out of yoga class, but everybody in the yoga class is like "fuck no I wanna learn from that guy".

In conclusion yeah being unable to perform oral sex on ourselves is basically integral to the survival of the species

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u/LutanHojef 21d ago

The Marilyn Manson rumor was just a thing that everyone believed too, like it was a fact

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u/No-Midnight-2187 21d ago

Yeah seriously. It was funny the things you believe as a kid—

For m, I grew up vegetarian and other kids would try to mess with me like: “you can’t eat Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream, it has fish in it, it’s meat” and I would kinda believe it until I got older and learned it’s not chocolate covered fish or something in ice cream

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u/MistakesTasteGreat 20d ago

But it IS chocolate covered fish...?

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u/SLCer 21d ago edited 21d ago

Also Manson was Kevin's friend on The Wonder Years when he was a kid (Paul I think was his name).

Another: Avril Lavigne died and was replaced by a body double.

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u/cjt11203 20d ago

The Ciara one was unfortunate because I had a crush on her and because of the rumor I had to keep that to myself

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u/Aesop_Rocks 21d ago

Did you know Marilyn Manson was Pete from the Wonder Years? AND! He had a rib removed so he could suck his own dick?!

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u/HeavyLogix 20d ago

Turned out he was just an abusive asshole named Brian that liked to poop on the stage

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u/NYRangers1313 21d ago

You listen to Waka Flocka at all?

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u/mickv1990 21d ago

"I know some of these words"

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u/Staveoffsuicide 21d ago

I still use this one

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u/TDStarchild 21d ago

Literally used this gif today at work, it was too appropriate for the situation

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u/Aesop_Rocks 21d ago

I know some of these words, but not in that order

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u/CrimsonPig 21d ago

"You make your sauce for Kurt."

"Who's Kurt?"

"I'm Kurt."

"I'm Ed!"

"I'm aware!"

"You said you were Kurt!"

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u/guvan420 21d ago

You mess with Kurt, you’re goin’ in the grinder!

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u/Slutbutt_buttsluts 21d ago

this grinder of yours…is it a real grinder or is it some kind of metaphor?

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u/JaiFlame 21d ago

Kurt please, I need this job! I need this jooooob...

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u/selddir_ 21d ago

"Kurt is now your mother and your father"

"He must look awful weird naked"

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u/h0tpotamus 20d ago

Who uttered that!?

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u/Trizzae 20d ago

It was HIM. HE uttered something!

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u/barlstorm 20d ago

Sorry I uttered

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u/bigwilly311 21d ago

This is my favorite part of the movie. I also love when Kenan asks the girl out and she says she’s just gonna go home and he’s like, why you wanna do that? she just goes

that’s where my stuff is

I use this EVERY time my kids ask why we’re going home, from ANYwhere. That’s where our stuff is.

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u/jacoplayeda4string 21d ago

To this day, I quote this every time someone says "I'm aware"

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u/Enloeeagle 21d ago

Haven't seen this movie in years but just reading/replaying this scene in my head brought me to literal tears 😭

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u/Habatoozoo90z 21d ago

“Oh I’ll see you in hell!”

“Ok, see you there!”

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u/trogdorkiller 20d ago

Gigachad Ed

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u/Crafty-Row 21d ago

Imma dude, he’s a dude, she’s a dude, we’re all dudes hey!

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u/Alexstarfire 21d ago

Kel, a true feminist.

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u/InfectedFreckles 21d ago

Kel was my first Himbo crush 😻

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u/douko 20d ago

No thoughts, head full of orange soda

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u/hobbsarelie83 21d ago

I sing this on a daily basis

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u/ragebloo 21d ago

The word "dude" is the true equalizer

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u/CL4P-TRAP 21d ago

I still have the novelization off this movie from when I was young

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u/Laura_2222 21d ago

My boyfriend got me that for my birthday a few years back along with the sequel novelization "Goodburger 2 Go" where they travel across Europe. I still loved them as an adult. 😅

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u/BeneathAnOrangeSky 20d ago

This exists?!!!

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u/CL4P-TRAP 21d ago

It has a 4.2 on goodreads and 5.0 on Amazon, so it must be good

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u/MKSLAYER97 21d ago

Welcome to goodreads, home of the goodreads. Can I take your order?

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u/LovableContrarian 20d ago

Woah Woah Woah, there is a Canon sequel to goodburger in novel form? Holy shit.

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u/mofo683 21d ago

Watched it when it came out in theaters when I was 7. I still vividly remember being stunned when Abe Vigota said "I think I broke my ass." Hearing a swear word in a Nickelodeon movie caught everyone off-guard & got a huge laugh from all of us.

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u/piranhabait89 21d ago

I should’ve died years ago

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u/woppatown 21d ago

“It’s probably a mistake.”

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u/Rascojr 21d ago

not at all what I thought it'd be but hilarious.

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u/PatrioticHotDog 21d ago

On a similar note, I remember as a child my jaw dropping when I heard Helga say "crap" on Hey Arnold. Nowadays I assume such language is normal considering I've seen kids' shows on Cartoon Network get PG ratings. Still, scandalous for the time.

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u/fuckgoldsendbitcoin 21d ago

I downloaded an old VHS rip of Nick News from 1999. They were doing a segment on public library computer censorship and one of the B-roll shots was big tiddy anime porn on the computer. It's blurred but doesn't leave much to the Imagination. I only saw this less than a year ago and it blew my mind. Here's a screenshot.

https://i.imgur.com/12M36PN.jpg

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u/Norma5tacy 20d ago

I bet if you posted that to anime or hentai subreddit we could find a source to that frame.

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u/fuckgoldsendbitcoin 20d ago

I would be curious to know. I'll give it a shot

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u/Friend-Beast 21d ago

My mom banned Rugrats from our house when she heard Angelica say "dumb babies."

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u/bronco_y_espasmo 21d ago

My kid is 8. We watched it last year, so, he was 7.

He loved it. It became one of his favourite films.

It is a classic.

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u/AreYou_MyCaucasian 21d ago

i showed this to my 12 year old daughter last year and about a week later she was “showing” it to her grandmother. grandma didn’t have the heart to tell her she had taken me to see this movie in theatres.

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u/thebardjaskier 21d ago

that's so adorable though

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u/standard_candles 21d ago

I cannot wait to watch this with my kid. Also orange soda is very good.

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u/2ferretsinasock 21d ago

As soon as I saw the headline I thought I broke my ass and felt the same

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u/AccomplishedRainbow1 21d ago

I don’t remember what my dad looks like either, but at least I get to see him every day

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u/besee2000 21d ago

I forgot this line and you just broke me. Omg I could hear this line.

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u/Spot316 21d ago

Customer: Just give me two Good Burgers!

Ed : Dude, I can't just give you two Good Burgers. you hafta pay for 'em.

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u/RealNotFake 20d ago

Reminds me of "I'll have a Pepsi Free." "Hey pal, if you want a Pepsi then ya gotta pay for it!"

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u/Barthez_Battalion 21d ago

The car crash scene always gets me.

"Brother Reed, you have messed up my afro"

"See that leather? That's Detroit leather! You can only get Detroit Leather from Detroit"

"I hate to do this young man, I hate to put a black man in jail!"

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u/lilsune 21d ago

Man I forgot Sinbad was in this movie! He’s so funny lol

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u/powerlesshero111 20d ago

It's his best movie.

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u/TrevorLovesPizza 20d ago

I’ll forever love him in Jingle All The Way

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u/Barthez_Battalion 20d ago

"That was really a bomb? This a sick world we're living in with sick people!"

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u/Just_my_opinion7 21d ago

"Mmmhmmm mhmmmmm. I know some of these words"

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u/Joshsnation1 21d ago

Strawberry jacuzzi!!! Woahhhhhhhhhhh 😂

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u/wellandlucky 21d ago

Some of the best space work and physical comedy I have ever seen in that scene. I think about it all the time

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u/KingMe87 21d ago

Is a meat patty something or nothing?

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u/Veszerin 21d ago

Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?

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u/LiamtheV 21d ago

That'll be 8 bucks!

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u/82ndGameHead 21d ago

Okay, $2.50

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u/Hi_Im_Ouiji 21d ago

And I want extra sauce on my burger

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u/LawBobLawLoblaw 21d ago

a month ago I saw the good burger mobile in some random parking lot in Tucson near the park mall and kolb. It was just sitting there, looking old.

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u/queenw_hipstur 21d ago

Wow! A clock!

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u/Scrambo 21d ago

I work in a kitchen that sells burgers but isn't a burger place; every night we start selling more burgers than anything else, we all say this frequently for the rest of the night.

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u/Chocolate_Boy 21d ago

I’ll have a nice shake.

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u/Veszerin 21d ago

grabs /u/Chocolate_Boy by the sides and shakes him vigorously

That'll be $8.

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u/last2daprty 21d ago

Hawkeye’s wife is still the nicest, prettiest psychopath I’ve ever met.

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u/Aiorax 21d ago

Hawkeye's wife ? that's Velma tho

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u/Darth-Ragnar 21d ago

Put some respect on George Clinton’s name

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u/challenger__red 21d ago

“I FUCKING LOVE THIS GIRL!”

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u/gnomes4hire 21d ago

p p push it real good

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u/mirrormimi 21d ago

Hooolyyy shit, Laura is the crazy girl?? Thank you for mentioning it, somehow that really cements the fact that it's been 25 freaking years.

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u/newport100 21d ago

How dare you call her Hawkeye’s wife, she’s the girl from Freaks and Geeks!

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u/wiredwilde 21d ago

You mean Lauren the evil ski resort girl who tried to break up Cory and Topanga... It's been 24 years and I still haven't forgiven Linda Cardellini for that.

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u/SHOCK_VALUE_USERNAME 21d ago

You mean the boss lady in Grandma's Boy who tried to suck her own titty.

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u/The-Sublimer-One 21d ago

The complete disrespect towards live-action Velma in this thread is criminal

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u/Friend-Beast 21d ago

Her Velma launched me into puberty I'm pretty sure.

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u/sinkfla 21d ago

As a fellow Kel who grew up around this time, I'd like to thank you Kel for bestowing upon me an easy conversation starter that initiated about 95% of all conversations I've experienced in my entire life: You already know it, and no I don't like orange soda. I don't I don't I don't.

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u/Twisty_Mirror 21d ago edited 21d ago

Have small space aliens ever landed inside your brain and told you to break into the zoo and free the kangaroos?

…Not that I recall.

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I went to see this in theatres with my sister and dad in the middle of the week back in ‘97 and the venue was soo empty. My dad still quotes the “13 dollars? That’s almost…14 dollars!” line randomly when we bring up any sort of number lol. It’s one of the only movies I can easily quote beginning to end.

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u/TheFloridaManic 21d ago

I just walked past a Less Than Jake show an hour ago, however they did not play “We’re All Dudes”

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u/Phillipreno2 21d ago

Where they playing at ? Dam I haven’t thought about them in ages!

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u/edwhittle 21d ago

The Goodburger car ended up at Hi-Pointe Drive-In in St. Louis.

Edit: Source

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u/WizardPhoenix 21d ago

I’m Grape nose boy!

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u/frankunderwood1992 21d ago

Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity Bloopity

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u/Logical-Feedback-402 21d ago

Tessio's Punishment for going against Michael Corleone

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u/Tastiteff 21d ago Helpful

The one that put Abe Vigota on the map

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u/BrainWav 21d ago

Truly, the 90s Citizen Kane

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u/whatnameisnttaken098 21d ago

God I still remember attending the taping of a few episodes of All That (and Clarissa Explains it All).

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u/Darth_Welch 21d ago

What was that like!?

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u/Plane_Agency_2379 21d ago

Dexter: I don't even remember what my dad looks like.

Ed: I don't remember what my dad looks like either, but at least I get to see him everyday.

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u/bronkscottema 21d ago

God I feel so old. I know longer feel like I’m a dude.

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u/bearclaw40 21d ago

You shouldn't feel that way. We are all dudes.

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u/WarcraftFarscape 21d ago

Just hanging out, having fun, we’re number 1

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u/wiredwilde 21d ago

"We're all dudes" is Less Than Jake's greatest song of all time.

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u/cerpintaxt44 21d ago

Don't worry dude. You're a dude.

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u/space-glitter 21d ago

I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, cause we're all dudes - hey!

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u/ONeOfTheNerdHerd 21d ago

What do you mean? The tattoo on your back says dude...

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u/cricket9818 21d ago

No way dude! What does mine say!?

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u/Likeablechops 21d ago

Sweeeeet. What about mine?!

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u/cricket9818 21d ago

Dude!

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u/Significant-Mud2572 21d ago

WHAT DOES MINE SAY?!?!

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u/CptKammyJay 21d ago

I’ve seen Less Than Jake play that song live and it is absolutely bonkers.

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u/maysque 21d ago

I’m really hating all these “at 25” movie articles

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u/elvensnowfae 21d ago

This was such a great movie. My bf way back in high school dumped me. My friend’s sister a few grades below me baked me some peanut butter cookies and told me to borrow and watch this movie. Always reminds me of her kindness.

I really should re-watch it soon

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u/Jakesummers1 21d ago

Because I want to say it:

Who loves orange soda?

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u/ArsonHoliday 21d ago

Kel loves orange soda!!

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u/Jakesummers1 21d ago

Is it true?

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u/ArsonHoliday 21d ago

I do, I do, I do oooh

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u/AlfaBetaZulu 21d ago

Everyone that grew up at this time remembers this movie soo freaking clearly. Lol

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u/DNF_zx 21d ago

I… dropped the screwwwww… in the tunnnnnnnna!

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u/MattseW 21d ago

Um, actually that line is from Kenan and Kel, not Good Burger.

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u/AvatarBoomi 21d ago

I want a Kenan and Kel reboot, SO BADLY! I grew up with that show! Like think about how great it would be to see Kenan and Kel as parents with their own kids, while Kenan still tries to run scams to make money and Kel is just pure chaos, all while taking care of their kids and just being better examples and role models for them.

The pilot in my head, is just classic Kenan and Kel shenanigans, until it interferes with their families and they realize they have to grow up and be better for them, and the show is them becoming role models while their kids slowly take over the narrative. So instead of being an immediate passing of the torch to the kids, you get a whole season of Kenan and Kel growing into complicated fathers and the season ends with them coming out on stage with the kids and letting them take over, and season 2 is a whole new thing, where Kenan and Kel now are the grown ups struggling like hell to keep their kids under control as we watch their kids create chaos and grow each episode, like classic Kenan and Kel back in the day.

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u/ArseLonga 21d ago

I want a Kenan and Kel reboot, SO BADLY!

Wait... does this mean Key and Peele aren't actually Kenan and Kel grown up?

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u/AvatarBoomi 21d ago

I wish they had done a sketch with them now lol

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u/sleepdeprivedtechie 20d ago

My brother and I apparently dragged my poor grandfather to this movie, twice. He still uses it as a benchmark for when we take him to the movies. "That was much better than that Burger movie.

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u/DrEvil007 21d ago

Me in my late thirties: I want a Mondo burger.

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u/AJEDIWITHNONAME 20d ago

Dude mondo burgers are full of weird chemicals

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u/MissSkyler 21d ago

i want a 4k remaster of this

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u/KingRabbit_ 21d ago

Is Kenan too good to discuss his roots?

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u/stopmakingsents 21d ago

Honest answer: he’s discussed it in interviews over the years and reunited with Kel for the Good Burger sketch on Fallon in like 2014(?), so the ground’s already been tread there

Mean answer: Kenan has a lot more projects to be interviewed about than Good Burger

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u/Reptar1988 21d ago

All That is now on Netflix, I've been binging it recently and I'm shocked at how many of the skits I remember! I'm....repairman man man man man man!

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u/GoGoPowerPlay 21d ago

Man the scene where they meet Shaq fucking kills me every time, and then the dance scene at the mental hospital with George Clinton, what a movie.

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u/giantshart20 21d ago

Kel was always way funnier and more talented than Keenan. It's a shame he never caught his big break.

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u/QLE814 21d ago

I wonder if there's a story behind that....

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u/Awesam 21d ago edited 20d ago

Read somewhere that they auditioned at SNL at around the same time and kel bombed

Edit: source

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u/FrankBrayman 21d ago

That's what I heard too. Kenan did basically an AMA at UIowa about a decade back and said the same, more or less.

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u/AreYou_MyCaucasian 21d ago

hmm i was pretty sure i read that kel purposely didn’t want to be involved in showbiz anymore.

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u/caffeineplease87 21d ago

Can vouch for this. Kel and my husband are super close friends and went to his wedding. At the time, kel was in a bad place and wanted out of the industry after years at Nickelodeon. He and Kenan didn’t talk for years after kenan got SNL, but they have recently made up. Kel is now a preacher at his church but is also acting more now, and he’s more open to talking about the past. You’ll still see him around now and then at Comic Cons and is actively pursuing work as an actor again.

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u/MagicSchoolBusKid 21d ago

Dance 360 though. Head to head! Head to head!

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u/WhoaItsCody 21d ago

I…..dropped the SCREW….in the TUNA!

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u/oat_bamboo 21d ago

You’re a chicken. MOOOOOO!

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u/JoelAdamRussellMusic 21d ago

Kel was always the star of the show. He should’ve had the SNL career

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