Word on the street is that Saturday Night Live is ready to announce 4 new featured players into it’s cast. During the off season Lorne Michaels and co have been busy checking out some new talent for the show which is no surprises since, ya know they need to add to the cast with the departure of some key members the last two seasons.
The four names being tossed around are all UCB Players, here they are.
You know Beck Bennett from the AT&T commercials where he plays a straight-laced newsman talking to kids as part of their “It’s Not Complicated” series of commercials.
Wells does a ton of characters like Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bieber and Kristen Stewart that have brought in the Youtube Hits she’s a performer at UCB LA and has appeared in numerous videos for CollegeHumor.
You may know Kyle as Mooney was a writer on the first season of Nathan for You, has guest starred on Parks and Recreation, and was also on the one season of Sports Show with Norm Macdonald as Norm’s nephew Kyle.
We got the chance to catch Milhiser a the Just For Laughs Montreal New Faces characters showcase and he was one of the standouts of the night. Others must’ve thought the same.
The interesting thing about these names is that Mooney and Bennett are part of a comedy troupe Good Neighbor which shot a pilot for Comedy Central via Gary Sanchez (Will Ferrell and Adam McKay). So that’s currently TBD and will more than likely be figured out by all parties soon.
UPDATE: There’s also a third and fourth member of Good Neighbor. Nick Rutherford and Dave McCary who directs their videos. Turns out SNL has also hired McCary to presumably direct some videos (digital shorts? New Lonely Island?). Unfortunately it appears Rutherford isn’t in the mix yet, queue sad trombone.
UPDATE: Michael O’Brien will also be a new featured player. He’s been a writer on the show since 2009 and has also picked up some steam outside of SNL with his 7 Minutes In Heaven web series.
More to come.