"Saturday Night Live" Gains Three New Players
Over the summer, SNL did not offer new contracts to long-time cast members Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, or Jon Rudnitsky. So naturally, they need to find some new talent. SNL has added Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseño and promoted one of their writers, Mikey Day.
Mikey is a Los Angeles-based improv comic who was a member of The Groundlings, an L.A. based improv team. You may know Mikey from being a long-running cast member of Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out (Ayo Nick!). He has been writing for SNL since 2013 and now he is finally making it to the stage. Mikey has also written for Robot Chicken and made an appearance alongside WWE Superstar, John Cena on NBC’s Maya and Marty.
Melissa Villaseñor is also a Los Angeles-based comic who has headlined over 100 colleges and clubs doing stand-up. She's a stand-up comedian, actress, impressionist, and musician. She also happens to be the first Latina cast member in Saturday Night Live history.
You may have seen her before as a top 16 finalist on the sixth season of America's Got Talent. She has also done voice work for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Family Guy.
Alex Moffat is an improv/sketch actor from Chicago. He is an alum of the IO Theatre, Second City, and Annoyance Theatre all in Chicago. Most of his performing is on the stage as a character but he has also done camera work. He co-starred in the movie Uncle John a movie about a man that commits a murder and gets an unexpected visit from his nephew and his girlfriend. He also has a web series called El Show with Alex Moffat.
Saturday Night Live returns on October 1 so we’ll get to see these new players in action soon enough.