“Saturday Night Live” is back this fall and adding new faces as the show premieres its 39th season Sept. 28.
After we had to say goodbye to Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig as they departed last season, we are now waving goodbye to well-loved veterans Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis.
The recently added cast members are to be shown on the season premiere, hosted by former SNL comedian Tina Fey and accompanied by musical guests Arcade Fire. The new cast includes faces that may not be as fresh as you think; surprisingly, these performers have been in our peripheral for a while now.
New cast member Noel Wells has been made famous by her YouTube channel with more than 25,000 subscribers. Her videos include parodies of celebrities Zooey Deschanel and Kristen Stewart.
Another performer is the stoic, clean-cut man you see in the newest AT&T series of commercials. Beck Bennett has gained popularity for dryly consulting elementary school children their thoughts on topics such as whether bigger or smaller is better.
“Entertainment Weekly” quoted current “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson, saying Bennett has a “father-figurey” typecast. “Just call him the new Chris Parnell,” Thompson said.
Other plans for this season include a cast change on the Weekend Updateportion of the show. Cecily Strong will now beco-hosting with Seth Meyers. Rumors report that Strong may be taking over this gig as Meyers takes the place of Jimmy Fallon on “Late Night.”
Other performers set to go on-air alongside the cast this fall are hosts Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis. This will also include musical performances by Cyrus and Katy Perry.
Be prepared for lots of laughter and change as “SNL” reshapes its 39th season this fall.