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SNL Hires Three New Cast Members: Let's Meet Them!

With only days until Saturday Night Live's 38th season premiere (hosted by Seth MacFarlane with musical guest Frank Ocean), it was about time for Lorne Michaels & Co. to announce the new faces who will be filling in the ranks left empty by departing players Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliott. And NEW they are! The three featured players may not be household names yet, but SNL definitely has a solid track record of plucking young upstarts from local stages and turning them into stars. (Well, not always, obviously. But still!) The overriding trend with these new hires (pictured above from left to right: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong) is that they all have ties to the Chicago comedy scene from which recent hire Vanessa Bayer also came. Let's meet them!


AIDY BRYANT

The first of two new female cast members, Bryant has performed regularly with Chicago's The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and the Annoyance Theater (alongside Vanessa Bayer). Here's a rather lengthy scene which should give you a sense of Bryant's sensibility:


TIM ROBINSON

Of the three new hires, Tim Robinson is the one who's come closest to stardom before this point, as he produced a pilot for Comedy Central and appeared in the CBS pilot Friend Me alongside Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Like Bryant, he also cut his teeth on Chicago's Second City stage. Below is a clip from his comedy team's pilot My Mans:

 

CECILY STRONG

Strong also trained at The Second City, ImprovOlympic, and Annoyance Theater, even sharing an improv team with Bryant at ImprovOlympic. (It's like SNL went and hired a whole circle of friends!)


And lest you think Chicago got ALL the glory in SNL's casting process this year, it should be noted that Upright Citizens Brigade NY performers Josh Patten and Neil Casey have been hired as writers. So cool it, Chicago!


How do the new kids look to you?


Saturday Night Live Season 38 premieres Saturday, September 15 at 11:30pm on NBC.

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should have chosen amy schumer.
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I'm not a huge SNL fan, but I've seen Cecily Strong perform and she knows her comedic timing.
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Who wants to take bets on how long before Aidy is forced into a terrible Adele impression?
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I'm super skeptical of these guys. I know the new season hasn't premiered yet, but none of them seem to have that star quality and great timing like their predecessors did, but we'll see.
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Oh dear, "fat girl" hire, SNL can't write for people like that anymore without bottling them up into "fat girl" characters I fear. Aidy Bryant's clip, I lasted a minute and a half and then it was just an eye-roller, unpleasantly holding onto a joke behind awkwardness. It's ok work at least, but it doesn't feel anything like SNL humor, seems like it'll be rough to see where it'll go.



Tim Robinson feels in that clip like an SNL player for today - loud and loutish and a little thin range, but not offensive.



Cecily Strong is also loud and a bit loutish, can't really get a sense of her from that clip, but the clip itself was pretty lame.
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Wow. Just.......wow.



I thought Kristen Wiig was a one-note, no-talent hack (yes, I'm a hater), but after watching these my whole world is askew. These new "comedians" (using this term to describe them caused me to throw up a little and it tasted better than any of these "comedic shorts") make her look like the second coming of John Belushi. And for that I hate them.



Also, can tv.com start a pool on which of these characters we'll have to suffer through first on SNL? I assume we will since Lorne seems to think all improv is hysterical and so no longer hires comedians, instead going with a series of ready-made sketch characters to fill his show.
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dude, putting completely relevant words in quotations is very "passe".
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in the row : meh , meh , nice face .. but can she act funny ?



couldn't they get stand-up comedians like Dominic Dierkes , Cy Amundson or Sommer Sterud

those guys are funny ..
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feeling a bit of a lame vibe from all three... we shall see soon i suppose
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The last two weren't even funny and in the first clip the therapist was funnier than Bryant
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Long time fan of SNL. They'll have big shoes to fill in Wiig. Samberg, eh, they're only really missing him from the digital shorts, he didn't add too much to any other actual live sketch. I was rather surprised by Elliot's departure, and she was pretty decent.



-Aidy Bryan seems to be very dry. As long as she gets good material written for her, that could be very nice.

-Tim Robinson sure appears like he'll commit to the bits, and that's a good thing.

-Cecily Strong seems different and I'm not quite sure what to make of her.



I look forward to seeing them in action.
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dude in the cage with nic cage was brilliantly funny imo. and his mark walhberg was fun to see too.
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Cricket, cricket...
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it's nice to see writers were hired. i think it would have just been better if several of the people they kicked were still around like watkins, slate, casey wilson and there's probably been others but w/e i guess.
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It doesn't matter how they look. They look great. As did their predecessors. Where SNL has been lacking, for a long time. Is the writing. And the misuse of their guest stars.
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Huh. A big woman on SNL. Can't say I ever recall that before. Good for them.
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