New Cast Members Announced For Season 43 Of Saturday Night Live

New Cast Members Announced For Season 43 Of Saturday Night Live

They join returning featured players Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor, who were all recruited last season.

SNL is a continual example of "out with the old and in with the new", and for its upcoming 43rd season, the long-running NBC sketch comedy show has invited these three comedic actors to join the stage.

After cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata left Saturday Night Live last season, the sketch show has filled their spots with three new featured players: Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null. And Redd is a comedian and rapper who recently performed at Chicago's Second City.

The other two new cast members are Chris Redd and Luke Null. Taking the advice of Judd Apatow, Redd moved to Los Angeles and in addition to his role in Popstar, he's also appeared in the Netflix shows Love and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

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Gardner comes to the show from the Groundlings improv troupe. According to IMDb, Gardner is set to be seen alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2018 feature, Life of the Party. Null is a musical comedian and improviser hailing from iO Chicago.

Finally, Deadline reports Saturday Night Live is also beefing up the writers room with seven new hires this season.

Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel will be joining the staff headed up by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.

The trio will make their series debut September 30, with the Ryan Gosling-hosted season premiere. Null is probably the least known out of the new trio, but like countless talents who have rolled through SNL, Null cut his teeth doing improv and writing and performing in sketches at the iO Theater in Chicago.

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