Hailing from the Windy City, Kel Mitchell began his acting career at the young age of 12 with the ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Young Kel wowed audiences with his on-stage performances in Chicago theatrical productions such as “Kasimu & the Coconut Palm” and “Dirt.” But it was his outstanding performance in “Eden” at the historic Victory Gardens Theater, which caught the attention of a prominent talent agent. At the age of 14, Kel got the opportunity of a lifetime. He flew to Florida to be on a TV show on the then new network for kids, Nickelodeon. Kel beat out thousands of other kids and was cast in what soon became a groundbreaking TV show. Mitchell was an original member on Nickelodeon’s â€śAll Thatâ€ť from 1994-1999. He and co-star Kenan Thompson also starred in the spin-off series â€śKenan & Kelâ€ť from 1996-2000, as well as a 1997 major motion picture, titled â€śGood Burgerâ€ť, which is the movie version of one of his sketches from â€śAll Thatâ€ť. The duo also appeared together in episodes of â€śSister Sisterâ€ť and â€śThe Steve Harvey Showâ€ť Kel Mitchell starred in the 1999 comedy â€śMystery Menâ€ť with Ben Stiller and William H. Macy and in 2000, â€śThe Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkleâ€ť with Robert De Niro, Jason Alexander and Rene Russo. Mitchell was also the voice of a mild-mannered and playful dog named T-Bone in the children’s cartoon series â€śClifford the Big Red Dogâ€ť, alongside the late John Ritter from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, he also made an appearance in the Kanye West music video â€śAll Falls Downâ€ť as a luggage collecting hotel valet. In 2005, Mitchell portrayed Manny Sellers in the sitcom â€śOne on Oneâ€ť with Kyla Pratt, and in 2007 Kel starred in BET’s new series â€śTake the Cakeâ€ť Some of his other credits include in 2007 â€śHoneydripperâ€ť directed by John Sayles, with Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton, and Charles S. Dutton and in 2008, Mitchell appeared in two Detroit-based stage productions, â€śAffairsâ€ť and â€śLaundromatâ€ť, the latter written by Carlos Faison and also starred comedian Buddy Lewis and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons of R&B group SWV. In 2009 Kel became the voice of Ant on “The Ant and the Ardvark” new cartoon series from MGM studios “Pink Panther and Pals” for Cartoon Network. He has also filmed his writing and producing movie debut called “Dance Fu” in which he also stars as the lead role. It was directed by Cedric the Entertainer and also starring Tommy Davidson, Rodney Perry, Katerina Graham, and Affion Crockett. Catch Kel as the voice of Dutch in the new animated series â€śMotorcityâ€ť on Disney XD and as the voice of Jay-Jay in the new animated series WildGrinders on Nicktoons. Mitchell most recently made is directorial debut with a short film that he also wrote called, â€śShe Is Not My Sisterâ€ť
In 1996 he was a featured rapper on IMX’s Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hit “Watch Me Do My Thing” as his â€śGood Burgerâ€ť character, Ed. In 1997 he wrote and performed “Were All Dudes” feat Less then Jake, the title song for the â€śGood Burgerâ€ť movie. In 1999 his rap group with his two childhood friends wrote and performed “Who Are Those Mystery Men” on the â€śMystery Menâ€ť movie soundtrack. In 2000 He was a featured rapper on Youngstown’s “Pedal to the Steel” for the Disney television movie â€śAlley Cat Strikeâ€ť. In 2006 he and Dru Hill’s Jazz wrote and performed “Up the game” for the movie â€śLike Mike 2: Streetballâ€ť, and in 2008 he wrote and performed “Pray Together” for the gospel film â€śDon’t Touch If You Aint Prayed 2â€ť He has also done several parodies of hit songs, Kel has parodied celebrities such as Prince, 50 Cent and Michael Jackson just to name a few on a DVD called â€śKel Videos Liveâ€ť and in 2009 Mitchell directed Pop Artist Colby O’Donis’s music video “Let You Go”. He has voiced and wrote music for the animated cartoon called â€śFreaknik: the Musicalâ€ť executive produced by T-Pain on Adult Swim.
Kel motivates kids by giving speeches at many junior high and high schoolâ€™s, he has a genuine interest in the youth and mentoring them to be future leaders. He is a spokesperson for and works with organizations like NCCSA: National Center for Child Safety and Awareness, The Boys & Girls Club, The National College Association from the producers of The Black College Expo, LAâ€™s Best After School Enrichment Program, Young Visionaries, Black Carson Chambers of Commerce and many more. Kel also hostâ€™s a web-series called â€śAsk Pastor Zeiglerâ€ť with his Pastor from Spirit Food Christian Center Church teaching youth how to use the words of the Bible and how to put there Godly faith to work. Mitchell also puts on a live dance competition each month for the inner city youth called “The Back House Party” he executive produces the show along with his wife, designer and Christian rap artist Asia Lee. They put on the show at â€śThe Dream Center Galleryâ€ť located in Compton, California.