Lorne Michaels, the head of Saturday Night Live, kept his promise to expand the late-night sketch comedy series’ cast by at least four people. We just didn’t anticipate it happening that quickly.
Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker have joined Saturday Night Live as featured artists for season 48, which premieres on October 1.
Following the end of season 47, a large number of cast members left, including Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Melissa Villaseor, Alex Moffat, and Aristotle Athari.
Hernandez is a stand-up comedian who has performed with celebrities like Gilbert Gottfried and Tim Dillon. They/them pronouns user Kearney played Fern in the Amazon series A League of Their Own.
On Conan, Laugh After Dark, and Bring the Funny—the latter of which was hosted by veteran SNL performer Kenan Thompson—Longfellow has performed stand-up comedy. Walker contributed to Phoebe Robinson’s Everything’s Trash and made an appearance on Comedy Central.
After SNL won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the Emmys on Sunday, Michaels told reporters in the press room, “This will be a transition year, and the transition years are always difficult but also really exciting because there are new people and things are changing and a different generation comes into the show.”
He said, “There are four new people.” At least right now. We have finally met them.