‘Saturday Night Live’ is about to look a whole lot different. Five up-and-coming comedians have reportedly been tapped to fill the huge holes left when Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and more veterans departed. Find out who they are below and decide for yourself — will they be able to keep ‘SNL’ funny?
Cast turnover is the nature of the beast for Saturday Night Live. But heading into season 39, SNL might be undergoing one of its biggest identity changes ever after the departures of huge players like Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Fred Armisen (and Seth Meyers in late fall). Thankfully, the sketch show has always been able to reinvent itself, and they’re at it again, adding five new comedians to the team, according to Deadline. Meet the newbies below!
The New Cast Members Of ‘Saturday Night Live’
Beck may be the most recognizable addition to SNL. If you watch TV, you’ve likely seen him almost every day for the last year or so as the guy who talks to those cute kids in AT&T’s “It’s Not Complicated” commercials. Born in Wilmette, Ill., Beck studied acting at USC, according to The Hollywood Reporter, where he formed the comedy troupe Good Neighbor along with Dave McCary and…
Besides forming Good Neighbor, the San Diego native has also had a guest role on Parks and Recreation. But the fact that SNL is hiring two guys from a small, viral-friendly comedy team suggests that they’re thinking Beck and Kyle will revive what they lost when Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island left the show in 2012.
This Brooklyn-born comic is a member of the sketch group Serious Launch, which has been featured on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. His greatest work may be “Clap It Up,” a short about patty-cake making fun of the Step It Up movies. With Bill Hader leaving, SNL needs a guy who can nail parodies and impressions — John might be just what they’re looking for.
Michael Patrick O’Brien
Mike has actually been with SNL as a writer for the past four seasons, but now he’ll step out from behind the camera. To get a better idea of Mike’s goofy, dry wit — and surprising intelligence — check out his web series “7 Minutes in Heaven,” in which he interviews celebrities like Jeff Goldblum, Amy Poehler, and Ellen DeGeneres in a friend’s small closet.
Meet the one new female joining the Saturday Night Live cast! Noel does killer impressions — her take on Zooey Deschanel in particular has gotten her a lot of attention on YouTube — and she seems to have an incredible insight into making people laugh. Women have a notoriously much harder time breaking in on SNL, but Noel definitely seems up to the task.
So what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is your faith in SNL restored? Will this season be better than ever with this injection of fresh talent, or will the rookies cause the season to flop? Sound off in the comments below!
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– Andrew Gruttadaro
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