This essentially mirrored a scene from No Time for Sergeants, in which Andy Griffith portrayed a similar rube from backwoods Georgia.
Kenneth has a close relationship with his mother; he considers her to be his best friend and credits her with his optimism; she taught him that no matter how bad things seem, there is always someone else having a worse day "like being stung by a bee, or getting a splinter, or being chained to a wall in someone's sex dungeon".
Kenneth may have been newly assigned to the TGS studio at the start of the series.
In early episodes, it appeared as though Kenneth were not familiar with some of Liz's staff, or even Liz herself.
In the pilot episode, Liz refers to Kenneth only as "that NBC page".
However, as the show progressed, Kenneth became more familiar with other staff of TGS with Tracy Jordan.