With just a few days left before the Saturday Night Live Season 43 premiere, the late-night sketch comedy series has finally announced its new cast members. Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd have signed on as featured players in the SNL Season 43 premiere, which will be hosted by Ryan Gosling on Saturday, September 30. The show has also brought in an influx of new writers this year.
Deadline reports that, along with Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd, SNL, which is coming off 9 Emmy wins a few weeks ago, has also added seven new writers. The new additions to the writing staff are Sam Jay, who was named as one of Comedy Central's Comics To Watch, Gary Richardson, an Upright Citizen's Brigade performer who also had a small role in Spider-Man Homecoming, Erik Marino, who used to write for The Hughleys and served as a script coordinator on Weeds, Andrew Dismukes, who makes his feature acting debut in the indie Call Me Brother, Steven Castillo, who has performed at Riot L.A., Claire Friedman, who helped oversee the Lip Sync Battle franchise and Nimesh Patel, who has written for the 88th Academy Awards and this year's White House Correspondents Dinner.
The new SNL cast members fill the void left behind by the departure of Bobby Moynihan, who left the series after eight seasons, Vanessa Bayer who parted ways with the show after seven seasons, and Sasheer Zamata, who left after four seasons on the show. Bobby Moynihan's CBS series Me, Myself and I was picked up to series, debuting last night. He also voices Louie Duck on Disney XD's new animated DuckTales series, while Vanessa Bayer is currently filming Ibiza alongside Richard Madden and Gillian Jacobs. Sasheer Zamata recently starred in Sleight and Yoga Hosers, and she will next be seen in Deidra & Laney Rob a Train and The Outdoorsman.
This season will also mark a new record, with Kenan Thompson appearing in his 15th season, breaking the record for longest-serving SNL cast member previously helped by Darrell Hammond, who appeared on the hit series for 14 seasons. As for the new cast members, Heidi Gardner previously wrote for the animated series SuperMansion, and also voiced the Cooch and Gloria characters on the series. She also lent her voice to Yasmin on Bratz, and will next be seen in upcoming movies Life of the Party, alongside SNL Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen and Shannon Purser, and Making Babies with Eliza Couple and Ed Begley Jr.
This report also reveals that Chris Redd's deal was quite complicated, since he currently stars on the Netflix series Disjointed, which is awaiting word on a second-season pickup, although the streaming service ultimately granted his release. He has also appeared on episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, Love, Detroiters and Empire, along with movies such as Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Fat Camp. He also has Stuck with Felicia Day and Joel McHale in post-production, along with Dark Murder alongside Jerry O'Connell. Luke Null has only one feature credit to his name, the 2011 film The Heart: Final Pulse, and he also performs at iO Chicago. Last season, the Saturday Night Live ratings were, overall, higher than any season in 23 years, and those numbers could go up even more this year.