TV critic Michael Ausiello has a weekly Q&A over at TV Line, and when asked if any other SNL cast members will be leaving after Seth Meyers, he dropped a super vague bombshell about another potential departure:
Nasim Pedrad’s Fox comedy Mulaney starts production soon, but I’m told she is not leaving SNL. (I imagine we will be seeing slightly less of her though.) I’m more worried about another relatively new Not Ready for Primetime Player, one who is currently circling a high-profile pilot that, if picked up to series, would likely be forced to leave SNL. And I really don’t want that to happen.
"Relatively new" means it's probably not one of the [...]
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
One of SNL's most modest and low-key players, Fred Armisen brought a punk rocker/character comedian hybrid edge, quiet charm, unrelenting versatility, and collaborative talents as both a background and lead funnyman to his eleven seasons — making him one of SNL's most dependable anti-punchline wardens of weirdness — and his best characters blur the line between parody and realism as well as cynicism [...]
Considering he's anchored Weekend Update since 2006, it's easy to forget that Seth Meyers was once a regular SNL cast member who served as the perfect sketch complement to Jimmy Fallon and Amy Poehler and the show's go-to slightly nerdy, slightly jocky college sports dude. During his 13-year run on SNL, Meyers showed up in a handful of sketches, bringing in his Red Sox superfandom (see Boston Powers from "The Kings of Catchphrase Comedy"), Irish boy charm (see "Top O' The Morning"), impersonation talents (see "The Adventures of Peter O'Toole and Michael Caine") and ability to pull off almost any bizarre supporting character in a way [...]
Melissa McCarthy returns to SNL for a third time this weekend, and she paired up with Kenan to fill four minutes worth of references to Sunday's Live Ball War: The Game, Imagine Dragons-inspired songs, and Olympic torch-lighting. McCarthy has proven herself a dependably hilarious SNL host, and these promos do nothing to lighten that certainty.
Earlier today, Saturday Night Live announced that one of the show's head writers, Colin Jost, will be joining the cast in March and taking Seth Meyers's place as "Weekend Update" co-anchor alongside Cecily Strong. Jost, a Harvard graduate and former president of the Harvard Lampoon, has been working on SNL for years. He started as a writer in 2005 and was promoted to being one of the show's head writers in 2012. Jost is also a busy standup. He's opened for Seth Meyers frequently and has done standup on shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show. Jost also recently wrote his [...]