With its 39th season approaching, â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€ has had to make some serious changes to its cast. Â Veterans Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Patrick Oâ€™Brien will no longer appear on the show, meaning Lorne Michaels has been searching for some young, fresh and talented comedians. Â There will be five new members of the cast, so hereâ€™s a little preview of these potentially-ready-for- primetime-players:
While a few may recognize him from the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, Bennett gained popularity through his involvement in the AT&T commercials with the kids sitting at the table. Â You know, the ones where he asks a group of eight-year-olds if they think that â€œfaster is betterâ€ and they give adorable answers and he meets them with deadpan seriousness. Â Whatâ€™s cool about these is that theyâ€™re completely improvised, so Bennett is naturally witty and hilarious. Â Canâ€™t wait for this guy!
Like many rising comedians, Milhiser gained his recognition onlineâ€” specifically, making YouTube videos. Â He also performed at the acclaimed improv theater Upright Citizens Brigade, giving him some serious credentials. Â He maintains a blog dedicated to â€œbaguetting,â€ a meme reminiscent of planking and Tebowing. Â Recently, Milhiser created a four-minute video called â€œClap it Upâ€ for Lorne Michaelsâ€™ YouTube channel, Above Average.
Although he is another member of the sketch group Good Neighbor, Mooney has a very different style from Bennett. Â He encompasses the â€œskinny, awkward guyâ€ persona very well and is an amazing performer. Â You may recognize him from the man-on-the-street interviews from â€œJimmy Kimmel Liveâ€ or from his guest appearance on â€œParks and Rec.â€ (He came in for an interview and did a horrible jobâ€” classic.)
While Oâ€™Brien has been a writer on â€œSNLâ€ since 2009, he is finally getting to be a part of the cast. Â Iâ€™m going to have to rehash what I said about Mooney in the sense that Oâ€™Brien is incredibly skinny and awkward. Â Besides his prolific writing career, Oâ€™Brien has starred in his web series â€œ7 Minutes in Heavenâ€ where he interviews celebrities ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Christina Ricci to the Insane Clown Posse. Â The kicker is that the entire interview is conducted in a closet and he gets to try for a kiss at the end. Â Again, having also trained at Second City, OBrien is incredibly quick-witted and talented with both improv and writing.
As the only woman being added to the cast, Wells is chock-full of awesomeness. Â She is an Internet personality with her own YouTube channel dedicated to vlogging and sketches she writes for herself. Â My personal favorite is the â€œManic Pixie Nightmareâ€ Girl series, making fun of the quirky Zooey Deschanel archetype that continues to appear in Hollywood. Â She has a very diverse and dark sense of humor, while also remaining a vivacious performer. Â Girl power!