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Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Good Neighbor Is the New Lonely Island: 'SNL' Hires Director Dave McCary Alongside Two Cast Members

In 2005, when SNL hired the three members of existing sketch group The Lonely Island — Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone — it was something that the show had never done before. But it sure worked, with the trio creating the SNL Digital Short format that became incredibly popular and injected new life into the show. Now, it looks like they're doing it again with the sketch group Good Neighbor, which consists of Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Nick Rutherford and Dave McCary. In addition to hiring Bennett and Mooney as featured players for the upcoming season, we've learned that SNL has also hired member McCary as a director. Presumably the three of them will work together on the show, having created a whole slew of videos together over the past few years.

Good Neighbor had recently produced a pilot for Comedy Central with Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez production company, but it seems clear that it won't go to series as these three move to NYC to start work on SNL instead.

  • Rez

    I don't think Chester was ever officially a member of The Lonely Island, he was just featured in a lot of their videos.

    • JenniPowell

      I think they were referring to Good Neighbor, not The Lonely Island. ;)

      • Chester

        The post had its 3rd paragraph removed. It originally mentioned how Chester Tam was (or wasn't?) the only member of The Lonely Island not to be hired by SNL.

    • JenniPowell

      I think they were referring to Good Neighbor, not The Lonely Island. ;)

  • z

    That is messed up, how could you not hire all 4?

  • Chaz

    Wow. That really sucks for Rutherford, who is very funny too.

  • Mike

    The show has a history of hiring full sketch groups. Just look at '82 or so when Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, etc were all hired together after Ebersol saw their stage show in Chicago. So it certainly wasn't unprecedented before TLI.

  • HATE WHITE

    STOP HIRING WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    Rutherford is Hispanic. He is so freaking funny! Why not him?

  • becka

    complete bullshit! nick rutherford should've been asked too! fuck snl