The mainstay comedy show kicks off this weekend with Tina Fey hosting, six new cast members, and featured player Cecily Strong joining Seth Meyers in bringing gender balance back to the Weekend Update hosting desk.
Tina’s former Weekend Update co-host Jimmy Fallon will be dropping by as well.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 26, 2013
Seth Meyers sounded pretty excited on Twitter about the new season, too.
SNL season premiere tonight! Tina Fey, Arcade Fire and @cecilybecily at the Update desk!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 28, 2013
Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan join the SNL cast this season. These performers — all with significant experience in some combination of sketch, ensemble, improv, and stand-up comedy — step into featured roles on a show that has lost popular players Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg over the past two seasons.
I’ve been a regular SNL viewer for many years, and although it doesn’t always hit the highest comedy mark, I still tune in for its moments of comedy greatness, so I’m hoping for some good things from these new additions to the cast. I’m also excited to see some of my favorites again, like Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kenan Thompson (who doesn’t love the “What’s Up With That” guy?)
However the rest of the season turns out, it really doesn’t get any better for me than kicking off with Tina Fey, so I’m making sure to watch. Here’s a look at the new cast members, plus some more fun stuff about returning featured players, and the new Weekend Update team.
Cecily Strong — "Worst I Ever Bombed" 1 of 12
New Weekend Update co-host Cecily Strong visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (keeping it all in the SNL family, don'tcha know) to talk about her worst experience on-stage. Suffice to say that Slugger Bologna and Sheboygan, Wisconsin are involved.
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New Cast Member John Milhiser 2 of 12
New cast member John Milhiser captioned this Instagram shot, "Highlighting stolen from @nbcsnl #snl" Catch up with Milhiser's strangely addictive Baguette-Me-Not Tumblr to see just how interesting photos of French bread can be.
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New Cast Member Beck Bennett 3 of 12
You may know Beck Bennett from the "It's Not Complicated" AT&T commercials.
New Cast Member Mike O’Brien 4 of 12
SNL writer Mike O'Brien is joining the cast this season. If you want to learn more about Mike (that is mortal enemy is his grade school principal, for instance) check out his 21 answers for New York magazine. He's also on Twitter. Seth Meyers has been a guest on his Seven Minutes in Heaven YouTube series.
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New Cast Member Kyle Mooney 5 of 12
New Cast Member Noel Wells 6 of 12
New Cast Member Brooks Wheelan 7 of 12
Another member of the Upright Citizens Theater Brigade, Brooks Wheelan was also one of Comedy Central's Top Ten Comics to Watch. His Twitter stream shows why.
I haven't tweeted about Prince in a few days. Don't worry, everything is ok. I'm still thinking about him.
— Brooks Wheelan (@brookswheelan) September 13, 2013
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Tina Fey and Arcade Fire 8 of 12
Kenan Thompson Returns 9 of 12
Kate McKinnon Returns to SNL 10 of 12
Aidy Bryant Returns to SNL 11 of 12
Weekend Update…With Cecily Strong and Seth Meyers 12 of 12
I've never stopped missing Jimmy and Tina together at the anchor desk, and love Seth Meyers alone or with company, but I'm loving the idea of Cecily joining him at the Weekend Update desk.
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