After the departure of seven SNL regulars from last season — Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, and Aristotle Athari — SNL is bringing on four new featured players. I was happy with the pared-down cast — the show was juggling entirely too many cast members — but at least one of these featured players will probably wash out after a year because the only character they can come up with mumbles incoherently.
Where have you seen the four new featured players before? Unless you’re a deep comedy nerd, probably nowhere. Molly Kearney has been in an episode of A League of Their Own. They are a stand-up comedian and the first non-binary cast members on SNL. Of all the newbies, this is the best stand-up routine. Watch. They have some serious Farley energy. I think I love them already.
Marcello Hernandez is a Latino stand-up comedian and runs the news-comedy website Only in Dade. He also deploys an accent when it is advantageous to do so.
Devon Walker is also a stand-up comedian (lots of stand-ups; where are the improv people?), who was also a writer on Phoebe Robinson’s Hulu series, Everything Is Trash. He has a great bit here on The Princess and the Frog.
Finally, SNL is bringing in another stand-up, Michael Longfellow, who has appeared on Conan and the stand-up competition series, Bring the Funny. I think he may be able to fill the white-guy douchebag roles vacated by Beck Bennett and Alex Moffat. His act here is mediocre right up until he says, “McDonald’s’ all-day breakfast and anal sex are the same to me.” You have my attention now, Michael.
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