Saturday Night Live Fires Freshman Player Brooks Wheelan After One Season


Freshman Saturday Night Live cast member Brooks Wheelan has been let go from the NBC sketch show. The actor announced the news himself via Twitter

Wheelan, a 27-year-old comedian from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was one of six new cast members who joined the show's 39th season during a major cast overhaul following the departures of veteran players Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, and Bill Hader. The fate of the Wheelan's five fellow freshmen—Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Mike O'Brien—has not yet been determined.

NBC has declined to comment on the news.


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Sep 18, 2014
Meh, I was curious what was going on with him, they even joked about his lack of presence on the show itself. I figured he just focused on writing. Oh well.
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Jul 15, 2014
Who?
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Jul 15, 2014
He wasn't bad, and how good could he really be in his first year....at recent SNL? At the very least, what scrub are they going to replace him with that's going to do better...at recent SNL? Keenan's had like 20 years (probably just feels that long) and I don't think he's improved a drop.
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Jul 15, 2014
Let's face it, the majority of the cast is just too unpolished to be on tv, including most of the veterans. Lorne should toss away the formula of getting young unknowns and get some out of work or in between work sketch actors. There are a lot of sketch shows that were canceled that he could pick up a few gems from. Or just some older mature actors/comedians who are more comfortable and actually know what they're doing. I mean it's BS that it seems they can't get into SNL unless they're under 30.
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Jul 15, 2014
Eh, he wasn't terribly necessary, but he wasn't worse than a lot of the cast kept in the last few years. It wasn't like he was worse in front of the camera than John Milhiser, and he was certainly better than clunky Kyle Mooney and Sasheer Zamata; plus he's got more presence than Colin Jost - just because you're head writer doesn't mean you can do Weekend Update.
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Jul 15, 2014
Keep trimming the fat SNL, there's a lot more unfunny left.
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Jul 15, 2014
At least he can get on a show that's actually funny now.
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Jul 15, 2014
I did't mind the new cast so much since it seems they haven't been given much of a chance, and I have more gripe with the older cast. Teran Killam and Kate McKinnon are the only two who really prove again and again they belong there. Bobby Moynihan does great on update, but he's really weak on sketches. Jay Pharaoh is good at impressions but doesn't know how to make most of them funny. He's really got to work on delivery and engaging the camera or audience. Kenan Thompson who had good characters in the past has gone stale and just recycles them over and over. He's good at playing an audience but he's just coasting, and no-longer on a high note. It's time to move on. They need to get rid of Vanessa Bayer. Sheldon wasn't laughing funny but a small smirk funny the first time he was on, but 5+ times later I now hate him. Other than him, she's weak at impressions, creating characters and delivery. Nasim Pedrad I don't find funny at all, but at least she tries developing new characters. Just don't redo them over and over when they weren't that good. A lot of the cast I'd care less if they got rid of them, except Killam and McKinnon. I'm sure most will find a spot on a sitcom.
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Jul 15, 2014
Sucks, I like him. But I will lose my mind if they fire Beck or Colin. I need them in my life.
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Jul 15, 2014
For the love of God, will Lorne Michaels EVER get rid of Kenan Thompson?!
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Jul 15, 2014
Not as long Steve Harvey is alive and kicking.
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Jul 15, 2014
they fired who? I'm kidding, I knew who he was. I liked him for the most part, more than the other new men. doesn't help that SNL will always pick the older cast members' skits over the new ones even if they're stupid or just not funny.
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Jul 15, 2014
He's great, but it was probably the lack of versatility that did him in. Stand up comedians really only succeed on Weekend Update if they get on SNL. Why hire Brooks and then pick Colin Jost as the anchor?
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Jul 15, 2014
usually the WU anchors tend to be writers on the show, like Tina Fey and Seth Meyers. Colin's been a writer for 7 years, and head writer for the past 2.
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Jul 15, 2014
Well, yeah. But my point was why did they hire a stand-up who so obviously isn't cut out for sketches, if not to give him a shot at Update? He featured as himself three times during the season.
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