In an effort to replace the loss of comedy collective The Lonely Island, the powers that be on Saturday Night Live hired Good Neighbor sketch group’s Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, and Dave McCary to spearhead their digital shorts department. Bennett and Mooney joined the cast, while director McCary worked behind the camera. Much like The Lonely Island, there was a fourth member that was left out of the hiring process: Nick Rutherford. Not anymore.
According to The Comic’s Comic, Rutherford will join the SNL writing staff this season and be reunited with his sketch brethren. Rutherford, Bennett, Mooney, and McCary met performing on USC’s improv group, Commedus Interruptus, and later formed Good Neighbor in 2007. Considering the Good Neighbor sketches were what launched the Bennett, Mooney, and McCary into Lorne Michael’s lap, it just makes sense to bring Rutherford on board.
This year, Rutherford performed with Good Neighbor at Bonnaroo and SXSW fests. He also appeared on Drunk History and is set to co-star in the web-series, 300 Sunnyside, for Comedy Central. 2014 is looking pretty good.