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‘SNL’ Star Kenan Thompson on How He Kept a Straight Face During ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Sketch After Losing It in Rehearsal: ‘I Started to Panic’

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Emily Longeretta One of the most impressive parts of the April 13 episode of “Saturday Night Live” was Kenan Thompson‘s ability not to break during the hilarious “Beavis and Butt-Head.” During the episode, a NewsNation anchor (Heidi Gardner) attempts to interview a professor (Thompson) about AI, but the conversation is interrupted when Thompson’s professor notices that two audience members, played by host Ryan Gosling and Mikey Day, look exactly like Beavis and Butt-Head.

While Gardner and Gosling couldn’t help but laugh through the duration of the sketch — which has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube in the five days since its air — Thompson somehow kept a straight face.

That was because he broke so hard during dress rehearsal, he tells Variety. “It’s hit or miss. Sometimes I can hold it, sometimes I can’t.

I got lucky on ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ that I cracked so hard at dress rehearsal,” Thompson says. “I haven’t had a break like that in a while where I was in tears and I couldn’t talk.

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