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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.


BECK BENNETT

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:


JOHN MILHISER

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: 


KYLE MOONEY

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: 


MICHAEL PATRICK O'BRIEN

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: 


NOEL WELLS

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: 


BROOKS WHEELAN

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 5/21/2016

Season 41 : Episode 22

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Noel Wells is great on Cracked, I'm really happy for her. The rest I don't know much about. Those At&T commercials were amusing at first, but now I'm just super tired of them. Let's see how it goes.
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Cecily Strong is not a bad castmember, I cannot imagine how she'll do at Weekend Update but she seems to have a really solid commitment to her bits and never breaks, so if they start her on the right directorial foot, it could work. On the other hand, she has to play off an idiot who laughs at his own jokes, screws up the writing stealing the very premise, and yells punchlines to make up for lack of humor.

Ok, so there's a white guy. Oh, that's not enough information for you because they're all white guys (except the white girl)? Then I guess there's Beck Bennett. He seems funny in those ads for ATT. The video didn't do it for me.

John Milhiser's video is way too long, someone spent too much time coming up with premise and nowhere near enough time being A) funny or B) confident in a tight edit. I saw nothing that would suggest funny as an SNL player, but he committed to his bit.

I hate hate HATE Nephew Kyle from Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, if he wrote those I want to punch him in the face. Maybe he's got more going on than it seems, but man did his ideas run me out fast.

Man with the most Irish name of all time, nothign in that video seemed funny as a performer, the premise seemed ok.

Noel Wells' impression of Zooey was notable only for being pre-"New Girl", and it was ok, not really wow in that video, intentionally labored execution in that video does not make a viable replacement for comedy.

Brooks Wheelan, owner of too many last names. His video shows he needs to tighten up his pacing, I gave up on his bit and fast forwarded, and his punchline didn't exist. Perhaps he has better material, didn't seem like a great closer to me though.

So no, nobody did much for me here, this feels like Lorne Michaels still not really with it, clawing blindly at one more try. Hopefully he sweeps house on the writers and tightens up discipline and directing behinds the scenes, that'll make as much a difference as anything.
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PS - thanks so much spellcheck for highlighting a bunch of "SNL"s and names, yet letting "nothign" get through, super handy.
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Hopefully by this guy getting on SNL I will never ever have to see another one of those AT&T commercials ever again
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I'd like to know how this humorless, annoying show has lasted so long. Is it because everything else late on Sat. night is even worse?
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Yes, that's exactly it, it's cheap as dirt and gets attention and sponsor dollars because it has no competition of note. It lets them be as good OR as bad as they want to be.
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Waaah, everything I don't like should just go away even though other people may enjoy it, because it's so hard to ignore stuff.
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Hey, maybe it won't be as bad of a season as we thought.
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I enjoy Beck Bennett in the AT&T commercials...he may even be one of the reasons I'm still a customer.

And good for Cecily for the Weekend Update promotion, although it probably means the departure of the Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party.
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For some reason, I am real happy about the Beck Bennett bit. I knew he could be famous! And I was wondering who was going to take over for Weekend Update. You go, Cecily!
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Oh, Beck Bennett caught my eye awhile ago. I like to say his name in a "Homer drooling over doughnuts" voice.
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