At the end of the 47th season of “Saturday Night Live” this spring, the late-night sketch comedy program lost a quartet of comedians who decided to leave the series. Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson all said goodbye to the series in the season finale, but the departures didn’t end there. Just a couple of weeks ago, before the 48th season premiere of “SNL,” it was announced that cast members Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor would also be leaving the show after six years, along with featured player Aristotle Athari, who lasted just a single season in the series.
All the cast members who moved on from “SNL” left a lot of holes to fill, even in an ensemble that’s still pretty big, but executive producer Lorne Michaels has added new blood who will join the cast as the final round of featured players. Who are they? Let’s meet each of them below.
Marcello Hernandez is a Cuban/Dominican writer and actor, and he was selected as Just for Laughs’ New Face of Comedy in 2022 (via Deadline), which is a pretty big deal in the career of a comedian. Based out of New York and Miami, Hernandez also has a media presence hosting segments for Only in Dade, a Miami-based media company with over 958,000 followers on Instagram who follow commentary on daily news, sports, pop culture, and more. Hernandez has also appeared on Telemundo’s Acceso Total & NBC’s 6 in the Mix, so he has a lot of exposure on TV.
In the clip above, you can see a comedy bit that Hernandez posted on Instagram in the summer of 2021. It’s not hard to imagine that this is something he could use to introduce himself to the audience at the Weekend Update desk. Hernandez’s comedy has been good enough to land him opening spots on tour with the likes of Tim Dillon, Ashley Hesseltine, Mark Viera and the late Gilbert Gottfried. Not bad for a 25 year old.
Molly Kearney may look familiar if you saw Prime Video’s recent series adaptation of “A League of Their Own,” in which the comedian guest-starred as Fern Dannely. Kearney was also part of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2019, another prestigious honor for stand-up comedians that brings them much more attention. Kearney hails from Cleveland, but they cut their teeth in the Chicago comedy scene, including the beloved indie comedy showcase known as The Lincoln Lodge (via Chicago Tribune).
If you watch the clip above, you’ll hear a funny story about how Kearney came out to their brothers. Not only are they part of the LGBTQ+ community, but they’re also making history as the first “SNL” cast to identify as non-binary, using they/them pronouns. They will bring a unique comedic perspective to “SNL,” and hopefully the show will figure out how to utilize their skills.
Michael Longfellow recently participated in Netflix’s “Introducing…” showcase during the 2022 Netflix Is a Joke Comedy Festival (which you can watch in a clip above). You may also recognize Longfellow as a contestant on the NBC comedy competition series “Bring the Funny.” The comedian was also featured with a stand-up set on “Conan,” not to mention being named one of TBS’ “Comics to Watch” during the 2017 New York Comedy Festival (via TV Line ).
Longfellow has a more muted, soft comic style, which is a refreshing change of pace. Many of the talents who come to “SNL” often bring a lot of energy to the stage, but there are some comedians who can get laughs without being overly enthusiastic. It will be exciting to see what he can bring to the table.
Finally, Devon Walker probably has the most experience of this group of new cast members. Walker worked as a story editor on the Freeform series “Everything’s Trash,” and TV Line says he also wrote on Netflix’s raunchy animated comedy “Big Mouth.” On the stand-up side, Walker was part of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2017.
Walker has some funny bits based on racial comedy and observations, including the piece above that has over 1.3 million views. Considering the fact that he has already written for television, clearly, he has the capacity for a job like “SNL.” But the late-night sketch comedy show is a unique challenge on television, so he’ll have to bring his A-game to make an impact.
The rest of the “SNL” cast for Season 48 includes Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang. Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman were all rumored to be promoted to repertory players, and with four new cast members, that makes sense. Plus, let’s not forget that Please Don’t Destroy trio Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy will presumably deliver pre-recorded skits every now and then.
The 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” begins on October 1, 2022.
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