One of the main inspirations for the series were the comedic antics of Alvin Childress and Spencer Williams of The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) along with the comedy styling of Willie Best, best known for his stage name "Sleep 'n' Eat"
Look, the Great Wall Of China!
Kel Kimble: Shh, Kenan, I'm looking at the Great Wall Of China.
Kenan: There ain't no Great Wall Of China over there! I mean, run!
The characters frequently refer to the carbonated beverage "soda", but the television show takes place in the Midwest. Midwesterners call it "pop" and do not ever use the word "soda" to describe it.
Kenan's catchphrase "Why!" can be heard when the TRP logo appears.