Meet The Four New Saturday Night Live Season 48 Cast Members

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At the end of “Saturday Night Live’s” 47th season last spring, the late-night sketch comedy show lost a quartet of comedians who decided to leave the series. Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson bid farewell to the series in the season finale, but the departures didn’t end there. Just a few weeks ago, before the premiere of “SNL” season 48, it was announced that repertory cast members Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor would also be leaving the show after six years, along with well-known player Aristotle Athari, which only lasted a single season in the series.

All those cast members moving on from “SNL” left a lot of gaps to fill, even in an ensemble that’s still pretty big, but executive producer Lorne Michaels has new blood who will join the cast as the last round of featured players. Who are they? Let’s get to know each of them below.

Marcelo Hernandez

Marcello Hernandez is a Cuban/Dominican writer and actor and was selected as a Just for Laughs New Face of Comedy in 2022 (via Deadline), which is very important in a comedian’s career. Based in New York and Miami, Hernandez also has a media presence as a segment host for Only in Dade, a Miami-based media company with more than 958,000 Instagram followers who follow their commentary on daily news, sports , pop culture, and more. Hernandez has also appeared on Telemundo’s Acceso Total & NBC’s 6 in the Mix, so he has plenty of TV exposure.

In the clip above, you can see a comedy Hernandez posted on Instagram in the summer of 2021. It’s not hard to imagine that this is something he could use to introduce himself to the audience at the Weekend Update office. Hernandez’s comedy was good enough to land him tour spots with Tim Dillon, Ashley Hesseltine, Mark Viera and the late Gilbert Gottfried. Not bad for a 25 year old.

Molly Kearney

Molly Kearney might look familiar if you watched the recent Prime Video series adaptation of “A League of Their Own,” where the comedian guest-starred as Fern Dannely. Kearney was also part of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2019, another prestigious honor for stand-up comedians that brings them much more attention. Kearney hails from Cleveland, but cut their teeth on the Chicago comedy scene, including at the beloved independent comedy known as The Lincoln Lodge (via Chicago Tribune).

If you watch the clip above, you’ll hear a hilarious story about how Kearney came to their brothers. Not only are they part of the LGBTQ+ community, but they’re also making history as the first addition to the “SNL” cast to identify as non-binary, using their pronouns. They will bring a unique comedic perspective to “SNL,” and hopefully the show will figure out how to use their skills.

Michael Longfellow

Michael Longfellow recently participated in Netflix’s “Introducing…” show during the 2022 Netflix Is a Joke Comedy Festival (which you can watch in a clip above). You may also recognize Longfellow as a contestant on the NBC comedy competition series “Bring the Funny.” The comedian also performed a stand-up set on “Conan,” not to mention being named one of TBS’s “Comics to Watch” during the 2017 New York Comedy Festival (via TV Line ).

Longfellow has a more restrained, mildly comedic style, which is a refreshing change of pace. Much of the talent that comes to “SNL” often brings a lot of energy to the stage, but there are a few comedians who can get laughs without being overly enthusiastic. It will be interesting to see what he can bring to the table.

Devon Walker

Finally, Devon Walker probably has the most experience of this batch of new cast members. Walker worked as a story editor on the Freeform series “Everything’s Trash,” and TV Line says he’s also written on the crazy Netflix animated comedy “Big Mouth.” On the stand-up side, Walker was part of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2017.

Walker has some hilarious pieces based on racial comedy and observations, including the above piece that has over 1.3 million views. Considering he’s already written for TV, clearly, he’s got the chops for a job like “SNL.” But the late-night sketch comedy show is a unique challenge on TV, so he’ll have to bring his A-game to make an impression.

The rest of the “SNL” cast for season 48 includes Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson and Bowen Yang. Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman were all rumored to be promoted to repertory players, and with four new cast members cast, that makes sense. Plus, let’s not forget that the Please Don’t Destroy trio of Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy will probably be delivering pre-recorded sketches every now and then.

The 48th season of “Saturday Night Live” begins on October 1, 2022.

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