‘SNL’s’ Kenan Thompson Spoofs Al Sharpton to His Face

“You gotta get a little gruffer than that,” MSNBC host says when Thompson gets in character

Last Updated: February 14, 2015 @ 9:15 PM

Kenan Thompson has been mocking Al Sharpton on “Saturday Night Live” for years, and Friday, he appeared on the subject of his act’s MSNBC show.

Sharpton ran a montage of Thompson impersonating him on the show, filled with screwing up phrases and the MSNBC host’s infamous problems with reading a teleprompter.

“You’re my favorite man,” Thompson said, telling Sharpton he’s his favorite political figure to skewer. Thompson is very excited for the “SNL” 40th anniversary special Sunday night, telling Sharpton for him, Eddie Murphy is the most exciting comic returning for the anniversary show.

Thompson went into his Sharpton character in front of the MSNBC host, and Sharpton provided notes: “You gotta get a little gruffer than that,” he said, suggesting Thompson lose a few pounds like he did.

Thompson, who’s been with “SNL” since 2003, told Sharpton he’s been scared at times about meeting figures he’s mocked in person.

“I was really scared about running into Star Jones back in the day.”

Sharpton wrapped the segment by purposely fudging Thompson’s name—a trademark of Thompson’s impersonation.

“Kaynan Thomas…oh, Kenan Thompson,” Sharpton joked.

Watch below.