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Saturday Night Live regular Kenan Thompson Hunts For Talent In VR

Now you can take part in the competition wherever you are

Kenan Thompson is a lifelong comedian, having co-starred in children’s television network, Nickelodeon’s comedy variety show in the 1990s. In 2003, Thompson joined the cast of Saturday Night Live where he continues to share his comedic talent with the world as the show’s longest-running cast member. In addition, Thompson now hosts Kenan Thompson’s The Ultimate Comedy Experience, a standup comedy and young star talent search.

With the launch of its 13th season, Kenan Thompson’s The Ultimate Comedy Experience is now embracing VR technology in order to reach a bigger audience than ever.

In partnership with the founders of Rendered Talent, Thompson is adding a virtual reality participant option, allowing contestants to perform standup comedy within Failed To Render’s metaverse comedy clubs. 

The VR comedy contest will be made up of several rounds, with at least one round hosted on each of the three major virtual reality platforms, Meta Horizons, VRchat, and AltSpaceV in which VR comedians will perform a 4-to-5 minute standup routine.

“This innovative comedy competition for emerging VR comedians is designed to provide up-and-coming comics with a platform to present their talents,” states the show’s official website. “These comics will showcase their talent the virtual reality platforms for an opportunity of a lifetime – to meet NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson and other great prizes.”

Holographic Kenan

Additionally, season 13 is introducing a Proto hologram of Kenan Thompson, allowing the comic to host competitions throughout the United States while he’s simultaneously busy filming Saturday Night Live. The holographic Kenan was tested successfully at the Atlanta Comedy Theater earlier this month. After the event, fans took to the stage to take selfies with the 4k resolution hologram.

More and more, celebrities are finding ways to engage in the web3 space. Lil Nas X added an AR element to his new tour while Ed Sheeran hosted a virtual concert in Pokémon GO last year. Tech such as NFTs are also proving popular with the Hollywood elite with Anthony Hopkins launching his first NFT collection in August. 

Written By

Jack Brassell is a freelance journalist and aspiring novelist. Jack is a self-proclaimed nerd with a lifelong passion for storytelling. As an author, Jack writes mostly horror and young adult fantasy. Also an avid gamer, she works as the lead news editor at Hardcore Droid. When she isn't writing or playing games, she can often be found binge-watching Parks & Rec or The Office, proudly considering herself to be a cross between Leslie Knope and Pam Beasley.

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