Saturday Night Live is adding Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner, and Luke Null to its cast in season 43, in order to fill the vacancies left by SNL graduates Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata. 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.
Just last year, SNL hired three new cast members as featured players, including Mikey Day (SNL Staff Writer), stand-up comedian Melissa Villaseñor, and improviser Alex Moffat. It has not yet been announced if these cast members will be promoted to repertory status in season 43.
In addition to casting Redd, Gardner and Null, THR, reports that SNL is also shaking things up with the addition of new writers. The new writing recruits include Sam Jay (Take My Wife), Gary Richardson (The Chris Gethard Show), Erik Marino (The Hughleys), Andrew Dismukes (Call Me Brother), Claire Friedman (2016 MTV Movie Awards), Nimesh Patel (2017 White House Correspondents Dinner), and Steven Castillo (Becoming Red).
Though all three of the newcomers are up-and-coming comedians, Chris Redd is perhaps the most recognizable, having starred alongside former SNL cast member Andy Samberg in the Lonely Island mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping in 2016. He also stars in the new Netflix comedy Disjointed alongside Kathy Bates. Following a background in sketch and improv, Redd worked his way up through the comedy circuit, eventually being featured in Comedy Central’s Stand Up Presents.
Gardner found her comedic roots in Los Angeles’ sketch and improv comedy troupe, The Groundlings (other notable graduates of Groundlings include SNL veterans like Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, and Will Ferrell). She has a supporting role in Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Life of the Party and has written for, as well as lent vocal talent to, the animated comedy SuperMansion, which was produced by Bryan Cranston.
Rounding out the trio is Luke Null, a musical comedian based out of Chicago. He is a former member of the iO Chicago improv theater.
Along with its new cast and writers, Saturday Night Live season 43 kicks off with host Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) and musical guest Jay-Z this Saturday, September 30th.
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