TV: SNL Adding Five Very White New Cast Members

Saturday Night Live has lost some terrific performers over the last two seasons, including Jason Sudekis and Bill Hader, it will also lose head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers when he transitions over to Late Night come February. 

To make up for this, Deadline Hollywood reports that it is adding five new cast members, including one from its existing writing staff.


Michael Patrick O’Brien (not pictured) – SNL writer, 7 Minutes of Heaven

John Milhiser – comedian

Noël Wells – actress

Kyle Mooney – Good Neighbor, improv

Beck Bennett – Good Neighbor, improv

It’s great to hear there is a new female cast member, but it’s a shame they aren’t looking to add a more diverse cast, currently there exists only two (male) African-Americans (Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson) and one Iranian-American (Nasim Pedrad) cast member.

Mediaite has a decent round-up of some of these potential new cast members previous work.

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Mike Beckham

Mike Beckham resides near Melbourne, Australia.