Kenan Thompson to host People’s Choice Awards

courtesy of NBC


Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live” and “Kenan” Star to Host Annual Ceremony Live

from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT

NBC and E! announced today that actor and comedian Kenan Thompson will host the 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” celebrating all forms of entertainment, chosen entirely by the people. This year, Thompson received his first-ever “People’s Choice Awards” nominations and is up for both the 2021 “Comedy TV Star” and “Male TV Star” for his work on “Saturday Night Live.” The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” will air simultaneously on both NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 7 at 9 pm ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.

“I can’t believe I get to host the PCAs!! I’m beyond blessed to be nominated twice and part of two more nominations for SNL. Good times indeed!” said Kenan Thompson. “Congrats to all the nominees – we already won!!”

“Kenan’s versatility and commitment to creating quality entertainment that has sparked laughter for over three decades has made him one of the most endeared comedians of our time,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Live Events, Specials & E! News, NBCUniversal Entertainment Television and Streaming. “We cannot wait to welcome him to the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ stage where his charisma and humor will undoubtedly bring fans to their feet.”

Thompson recently started his 19th season on “Saturday Night Live” as the show’s longest-running cast member where he has showcased many noteworthy impressions including Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, and David Ortiz. He has also played memorable characters such as “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean, “Cinema Classics” host Reese De’What, “Black Jeopardy” host Darnell Hayes and Diondre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch “What Up With That.”

Thompson also stars in and executive produces the NBC comedy “Kenan,” which will return for its second season next year.


The 2021 “People’s Choice Awards” will air simultaneously on both NBC and E! for the first time on Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.  “Live from E!: The 2021 People’s Choice Awards” will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7:00pm ET/PT on E! See the full list of all 40 categories and nominees online!