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Kenan Thompson to Be a First-Time Dad: “I Am Terrified”

kenan-thompsonSaturday Night Live comedian Kenan Thompson announced this week that his wife, Christina Evangeline, is expecting their first child, a daughter, in June.

Kenan is afraid to become a dad, he said, on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

“I’m about to be a daddy. Papa Kenan! I am terrified. I don’t know what to do with babies. I plan to be at the casino when she’s giving birth, like old schoolin’ it.”

I’m going to give Kenan the comedian’s benefit of the doubt and say that must be an exaggeration, but it does sound like he’s a little overwhelmed by the prospect of parenting. Even the doctor’s visit was a bit much for him, apparently:

“That’s what’s freaking me out the most. A guy’s doctor visit is straightforward — just a little cough, a little touch here, a little ear, nose and throat. But women, that’s an intricate situation. You go through a lot. I applaud you,” he said. “It’s weird to see somebody treat your lady like that!”

I can only hope that Christina Evangeline is a little calmer about the baby-to-be than Kenan is. There are few things more nerve-wracking than being pregnant and then giving birth for the first time, but it certainly helps to have a partner who has his wits about him. So again, I’m going to hope that he’s going for some comic effect for Seth here and wasn’t as spun out in the doctor’s office as he says he was. But then again, maybe he just is, and in that case, let’s hope she has a backup labor and delivery coach just in case he can’t calm down.

Considering that the pair are expecting a daughter, I think there’s one thing to be determined from Kenan’s reactions to this experience so far, and that’s that this is going to be one seriously protected little girl. (Although I’m not so sure he should be the one in the room when she has to go to the pediatrician for shots.)

Congratulations to Kenan and Christina, and best wishes for a healthy pregnancy.

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