Saturday nights are about to get a lot more funny -- and crowded! “SNL” has announced that five new cast members will join the cast this season. This has been the most cast members to join a season since 1995, when Will Ferrell debuted. The newbies include: Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noel Wells, and Mike O’Brien. Bennett and Mooney, who met at USC, are known for their sketch group Good Neighbor. Bennett is also known as the lone grown-up in AT&T’s “It’s Not Complicated” commercials, and the pair recently shot a pilot for Comedy Central (that will not go to air). Milhiser and Wells were both trained at L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade theater and are known for their physical comedy. Wells in particular is notorious for her Zooey Deschannel impersonation and reportedly wowed producers with her imitation of a fan at a Rihanna concert who continues to fall down (a new Molly Shannon perhaps?). And finally, O’Brien has been a writer for “SNL” for the past four years and is finally getting his shot to prove himself on-camera.
Meanwhile, Seth Myers is about to get some company at the "Weekend Update" news desk. Cecily Strong, whose Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party character became a favorite last season, will join Meyers for good on the September 28 season premiere, and it is possible that she will take over as a sole anchor down the line, since Myers will be leaving the show in in mid-season to take over for Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night".
The show is also set to get some much-anticipated hosts this season. Tina Fey will host the season premiere, with Arcade Fire accompanying her as the musical guest; on October 5, Miley Cyrus will twerk her way into Studio 8H as both host and musical guest; and Bruce Willis will host on October 12 with Katy Perry providing the tunes. It looks like “SNL” is already off to an interesting start this season!
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff