Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

SNL Is Looking to Add New Castmembers, Held Auditions This Week in NYC

It looks like SNL is looking to add a couple new castmembers to the lineup for the first time in two seasons, as they've started holding auditions in New York for potential performers. Earlier this week at The PIT, about a dozen people auditioned for Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and other producers of the show. The lineup included local performers from major NYC theaters such as UCB as well as folks flown in from Chicago and LA.

The timing makes sense: SNL just passed this season's halfway mark, when contracts are up to be renewed (which is why Paul Brittain left when he did). And with at least a few members of the old guard of the show expected to be departing at the end of this season, such as Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, it would make sense for them to bring one or two new people on this season to ease the transition.

The show has added plenty of castmembers mid-season before, including current SNLer Bobby Moynihan. Since you've gotta make it pretty far into the process to get the live-in-front-of-Lorne audition, we may be hearing about a new performer or two in the very near future. They'll be the first new players added to the lineup since September of 2010, when the current crop of Featured Players (and Paul Brittain) were hired.

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  • brijazz

    Are Sudeikis and Wiig definitely leaving? Last I heard, it's just a rumour.

    Anyhow, if they do depart, I am begging the SNL overlords for one last "Two A-Holes" sketch. I always loved that, too bad it didn't used more often.

    • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci

      @brijazz Nothing is definite at this point, but I'd be shocked if Wiig stuck around another year. Sudeikis only would in order to play Romney through the election, I think. I'd expect at least 2-3 people to leave from the current cast after this season, but who knows, that's just my guess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Betsy-Hobbs/67600030 Betsy Hobbs

    Any word on who auditioned? So many talented peeps… I think the recently transplanted-from-LA James Adomian would be an amazing addition.

  • Jason Farr@facebook

    It's possible they could lose more than just Wiig and Sudeikis when you think about how long some people have been there. Andy (7 Years), Hader (7 years) Keenan (9 years! I can't believe it's been that long) and Armisen (10 years). All of them could consider themselves to have had a good run. Fallon was only there 6 years. I hope they don't all go, but I think we'll see a big sweep of new talent coming in these next two years.

    • http://splitsider.com Adam Frucci

      @Jason Farr@facebook Agreed. I think by the end of the next season every single one of those people will be gone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Betsy-Hobbs/67600030 Betsy Hobbs

      @Jason Farr@facebook I see Bill sticking around, but Fred has Portlandia now, and I don't see Andy staying. Kenan…eh. It's not like he has bigger fish to fry. And Seth Meyers has put in 10 years…so how's about John Mulaney at the Update desk (and maybe even head writer)?

    • Brianstorm

      @Betsy Hobbs Mulaney at the Update desk! Best thing I've heard all year.

  • http://www.collegehumor.com/user:328495 Chase Mitchell

    Personally hoping Josh Ruben auditioned. He's definitely talented enough and his skill set seems like a perfect match.

    • Tom

      Josh ruben is a funny mother fucker!

  • Sharilyn Johnson@facebook

    Bobby auditioned and was hired in August of '08. It's possible he was promoted from "featured" player to full-on castmember at midseason, but he definitely joined the show at the start of the season.

  • Ilya Abyzov@facebook

    Nate Lang would be a rockstar on SNL.

  • B Westof@twitter

    I'm surprised more haven't announced they are leaving. I thought that lately SNL was doing a run up to the last show for some of its bigger stars (e.g. Fallon, Farrell). Seems like Wiig would be a logical choice for something like that.

    Also, I always assume 5 years as a full cast member is the "standard" for an SNL player. The further out they get from 5, the more I think they should consider moving on. Maybe it's my deference to the first cast. Like George Washington and two terms.

  • Joey Veneziano

    Anyone know where to go to audition for SNL? I hav the perfect talent for ths and hav been starvn to get involved in somethng that would showcase my unique talent as an improv actor ..860-883-7922, Joey ..point the way

  • Damon Coley

    Yoooo Hit me up, Damon Coley 919-440-5698, Goldsboro NC, I'm a firefighter here, but I love to tell Jokes & making people laugh! ! So show me how to get paid for doing something I Love, its ya boy Twin- Dallors $$$.

  • Shaun A.

    Does anyone have more details on audition info, they should have it open call style.. the undiscovered is where the true talent lies! Email me Drmedinc@gmai.com – Ciao!!

  • kevin Jenkins

    Anybody know how to get in touch with SNL? this chick needs to be on it forreal…http://bit.ly/1DuKUFs