We’re pretty sure that Kel Kimble would be the CEO of an orange soda company by now if he weren’t fictional.

Sure, Kel had his goofy moments— a lot of them. But, he also had those moments where he proved he was the smartest in the room and made us all feel like we had IQs of 3. Here are 5 of those times:

  1. When his mind was so powerful, it knocked him out:

“My brain is so powerful. I bet I can break this desk with it!”

Of course, the desk won— but Kel’s IQ of 98 nonetheless was in the “genius” category.

  1. When he hit the nail on the head with impressive vocabulary:

“Is a mechanic big, bad and acrimonious?”

Not all mechanics are big and bad, but Kel’s use of “acrimonious,” a far fancier a word than “angry” is on point.

  1. When he ripped apart literature with a scathing critique:

“I don’t wanna be in your, your stupid old book club, anyhow! Oh, and by the way; I found Petals of Sorrow to be amateurish, the exposition was tedious and the characters were one-dimensional! Heard what I said? One-dimensional!”

I’d let Kel join my book club— heck, I’d let him run it if he brought orange soda.

  1. When he defined humanity’s main weakness:

“I’m not psychic, I can’t predict the future, I’m still confused about the past!”

They may not admit it, but politicians, historians, and Nobel Laureates all suffer from this issue.

  1. When his paintings were confused for a Swedish master’s

Kel’s painting sold for $50,000 at an auction. And though it was later revealed the buyer confused his work with that of a Swede’s, his artistic genius is undeniable in every stroke of “Sunset, Funset.”

Thanks for inspiring us to use our heads, Kel. Your genius is truly one of a kind!


Kenan & Kel” is an American teen comedy sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon for four seasons, premiering in 1996. “Kenan & Kel” starred Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell as its titular characters. The show was created by Kim Bass and produced by Dan Schneider. Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer.

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