Meet The Players: Introducing SNL’s Newest Cast Members (Video)

Brooks Bennet

With the departure of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg and Kristin Wiig , SNL had to introduce some new talent.

Starting with the Sept. 28 season opener, Seth Meyers will be joined by Cecily Strong on the “Weekend Update” news desk, producer Lorne Michaels told The New York Times. Myers is set to leave the show to replace SNL alum Jimmy Fallon as the new host of Late Night in February.

With that said, check out 6 new faces that will be on the show.


You probably know him best as the guy who chats with cute kids in AT&T’s popular “It’s Not Complicated” commercials, a role that’s very similar to his own web series, Fresh Perspectives, in which he interviews children about current events. The Illinois native studied acting at the University of Southern California, and formed the Good Neighbor sketch group with fellow newcomer Kyle Mooney, Nick Rutherford and filmmaker David McCary.


Where you’ve seen him: Not a whole lot is known about this L.A.-based writer, other than the fact that he was named to Comedy Central’s top 10 artists to watch list last year, and previously served as a contributing writer on College Humor.


Where you’ve seen him: A member of the New York-based Serious Lunch sketch group, the Brooklyn-born comedian got noticed with his Step Up movie parody, Clap It Up, and an office-friendly take on the twerking craze. Featured on both the Tonight Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Milhiser — with fellow Serious Lunch comedian Tim Bierbaum — also runs the “Baguette-Me-Nots” blog which places baguettes into everyday photographs.


Where you’ve seen him: He’s guested on TV series such as Wilfred and Parks and Recreation, and was a writer for the first season of Comedy Central’s Nathan For You. A University of Southern California graduate and Good Neighbor member like fellow SNL newbie Beck Bennett, Mooney has also conducted a number of painfully hilarious interviews for Jimmy Kimmel Live segments.


Where you’ve seen him: O’Brien has been writing for SNL since 2009, but is finally getting his chance to step in front of the camera as a featured player. Although he’s made an appearance on Portlandia, he’s primarily known for his awkward interviews with celebrities on his “7 Minutes in Heaven” Web series. During these short episodes, O’Brien chats with (and eventually kisses) celebrities while inside a closet, with everyone from Connie Britton, Amy Poehler and Elijah Wood dropping in for segments.


Where you’ve seen her: Wells has not only appeared in many College Humor videos, but also has a flourishing YouTube channel of her own. Her most popular Web series sees her impersonating Zooey Deschanel, and you won’t want to miss her lip-syncing to Britney Spears’ Toxic in the shower (it’s not what you’d expect). She’s been a performer at Los Angeles’ Upright Citizens Brigade, and has appeared in indie films such as Forev and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon.

Source: USA Today


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