With longtime members like Kristin Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Myers and Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live Lorne Michaels has been looking for a few new cast members. Reports circulated today that the SNL producer was looking to cast Beck Bennett, Noel Wells, John Milhiser and Kyle Mooney for the show’s 39th season.
The casting decisions haven’t been confirmed by NBC but Deadline reports that the “four are heavily rumored” to be joining the cast next season.
Michael Patrick O’Brien, who has been a writer on the show for the last four season, may also find his way in front of the camera next year.
The Huffington Post notes that most of the new cast members are based in Los Angeles and have strong ties to the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Beck Bennett is probably the most well-known of the new cast members. Sure, you may not know his name but you’ve probably seen his commercials. He’s the guy in the AT&T commercials who talks to little kids.
Bennett also recently appeared in the comedy Intramural with current SNL members Kate McKinnon and Jay Pharoah.
Noël Wells could also soon be joining the cast. The Huffington Post reports that Wells earned her comedy chops by filming sketches on her YouTube channel. She has also appeared on sites like Cracked.com and College Humor.
Wells may be a big YouTube star but Mooney takes the award for biggest following. Mooney is best known for doing awkward street interviews but he also has some acting experience. Here’s a clip of him from Parks And Recreations.
Milhiser is a veteran of the United Citizens Brigade and is also known for his In Depp With Johnny Depp series for Funny Or Die.
What do you think of the new casting choices? Are Beck Bennett, Noel Wells, Kyle Mooney And John Milhiser the future of Saturday Night Live?