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All summer long, Saturday Night Live faced a potential problem with regard to its upcoming thirty-ninth season: Many of the show's biggest names have left the show in the last couple years, with Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis all saying buh-bye, and Seth Meyers on track to follow them out in early 2014 when he takes over Late Night after Jimmy Fallon dethrones Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

Well, SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels must've looked up all of a sudden and realized that his sketch show wouldn't have enough cast members to populate a new One Direction parody, because SNL has announced one of the biggest simultaneous hiring sprees in its history, bringing in six fresh faces who will hopefully be worth staying up late for on Saturday nights. Among them are the guy who talks to kids in those funny phone commercials, a dude who talks to people in closets and loves the Insane Clown Posse, and a man who made replacing things with bread one of the funniest things on the internet.

But before we get to know these new cast members, there's one more order of Saturday Night Live business to discuss: Cecily Strong, who joined the cast last season, will join Myers at the Weekend Update desk this fall in order to ease the transition of Myers' departure. It's the first time that Myers will have a co-anchor since Amy Poehler left SNL in 2008, and it's unknown whether Strong will eventually take over on her own or if someone else will join or replace her once Myers leaves for good. You may know her as the girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party. Congrats, Cecily!

But now let's meet the new cast, shall we? I've listed them in alphabetical order, so as not to hurt anyone's feelings.


Where you might know him from: He's the straight-faced adult who chats with kids in AT&T's "It's not complicated" commercials.

Background: Bennett comes from the comedy troupe Good Neighbor, which also features one of his fellow new SNL cast members, Kyle Mooney. The third autocompleted Bing search including the term "Beck Bennett" is "Beck Bennett shirtless," so it's possible could be ripped.

Video proof that he's funny:


Where you might know him from: The Step Up parody Clap It Up viral video.

Background: Milhiser is a member of New York's Serious Lunch sketch-comedy group, and co-owns the blog "Baguette-Me-Nots," which puts long loaves of bread in various settings. It's funnier than it sounds.

Video proof that he's funny: 


Where you might know him from: He played Norm's nephew Kyle on Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, he's done man-on-the-street interviews for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and he's written for Comedy Central's Nathan For You

Background: He's buddies with Beck Bennett and started the Good Neighbor sketch-comedy group with the guy. Louis C.K. thinks Mooney is funny. Now Louis C.K. and I have another thing in common, other than feeling gross about ourselves all the time.

Video proof that he's funny: 


Where you might know him from: He has his own web show called 7 Minutes in Heaven where he interviews celebs in a closet. 

Background: O'Brien was a member of Chicago's Second City comedy group and has been a writer on Saturday Night Live since 2009. About time he got a promotion!

Video proof that he's funny: 


Where you might know her from: YouTube! And probably some College Humor videos.

Background: One of the fresher faces within this group of six, Wells has been a performer in the Los Angeles chapter of the Upright Citizens Brigade. Rumor has it she does some mean impressions, including one of Zooey Deschanel.

Video proof that she's funny: 


Where you might know him from: You probably don't know much about him at all, but he was named one of Comedy Central's top young comics to watch. 

Background: There's not much info available on this guy, but he's been doing stand-up in Los Angeles and writing for College Humor. He's probably the one who's most over-the-moon about the news, as this is his really big break.

Video proof that he's funny: 

Anyone here catch your eye?

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AIRED ON 2/13/2016

Season 41 : Episode 13

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