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Today in Nerd History | April 16

What’s up, 90s kids and nostalgia seekers? Today, we’re cranking up the Wayback Machine and dialing it to a show that defined Saturday nights for a whole generation.

1994: All That (Nickelodeon)

On April 16, we’re diving into the wacky world of “All That,” the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show that kicked off in 1994 and became a staple of teen and pre-teen entertainment throughout the decade. Known as the “Saturday Night Live” for the younger crowd, “All That” delivered a unique blend of humor, parodies, and musical performances that left us in stitches and eagerly waiting for more. So, let’s get comfy in our favorite ’90s gear and explore some “Nerdy Facts” about “All That” that might just make you say, “Aww, here it goes!”

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Star-Making Machine: “All That” was a launching pad for several future stars, including Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, and Nick Cannon. The show’s ability to spot and nurture talent has left an enduring legacy, with many cast members going on to successful careers in comedy, television, and film.
  • Iconic Sketches and Characters: The show introduced us to a plethora of memorable characters and sketches, from “Good Burger” (“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?”) to “Ask Ashley,” showcasing the cast’s comedic range and creating catchphrases that ’90s kids still quote today.
  • Musical Guests Galore: Keeping up with the tradition of its adult counterpart, “All That” featured musical performances by some of the biggest names in the industry. From TLC, who performed the show’s theme song, to Aaliyah, OutKast, and even *NSYNC, the show was as much a music showcase as it was a comedy goldmine.

“All That” wasn’t just a show; it was an essential part of ’90s kid culture, blending comedy and music in a way that felt genuinely fresh and exciting. Its legacy continues not only through the careers of its stars but also through its influence on children’s programming and sketch comedy. So, here’s to “All That” – for all the laughs, all the memorable sketches, and all the ways it helped shape the sense of humor of an entire generation. Happy Nerd History Day, everyone! May your day be filled with fond memories and maybe a bit of nostalgia-fueled rewatching. “All That” and a bag of chips? Absolutely.

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Station Manager of LTN Radio and co-host of the "Nerd History Podcast" & the "Two Words Podcast". Matt is a third-generation radio station manager who has done pretty much every job in the radio industry. Matt is the father of two boys and a little girl. It's probably the best thing about him.

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