‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds Three Cast Members

Sep 12, 2016  •  Post A Comment

NBC is bringing aboard three new cast members to “Saturday Night Live” for the show’s 42nd season.

The network issued an uncharacteristically concise press release today saying: “NBC’s iconic late-night franchise ‘Saturday Night Live’ will be starting its 42nd season with three new cast members: Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor, who will join the Oct. 1 season premiere as featured players.”

The release also notes that “Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video, and that the creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. That’s it.

The moves follow some recent behind-the-scenes carnage at “SNL,” notably the departures of workhorses Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed notes that Mikey Day has been a writer on the show since 2013.

“Day, 36, is a member of the Groundlings, the famed L.A. comedy troupe and talent incubator that has produced such ‘SNL’ all-stars as Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig,” THR notes. “Villasenor is a Los Angeles-based comedian. She was a top 16 finalist on Season 6 of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ Moffat hails from Chicago, where he taught teen improv at The Second City.”

Moffat has also been the head writer and a cast member on another Lorne Michaels production, “Maya & Marty,” which aired over the summer and has yet to be picked up for a second season.

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