Following the news that Will Forte is departing the cast of “Saturday Night Live” after eight seasons, NBC’s late-night stalwart has added three new cast members for its 36th season: Taran Killam, Paul Brittain, and Vanessa Bayer. Killam is a well-traveled sketch and comic actor (guest roles on “Scrubs” and “How I Met Your Mother,” where he impregnated girlfriend and HIMYM star Cobie Mulder), while Brittain (extreme close-up above) and Bayer (curly hair) are relative unknowns plucked from the Chicago improv scene.
New York Magazine has done its best to cobble together what few (unfunny) clips these people have online, but I’m more intrigued by the possibility of more changes to come:
Regulars such as “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kenan Thompson are among those who have not yet said if they are being re-hired, according to reports. [New York Post]
As much as I’m not a fan of Kenan Thompson, the single way to improve “SNL” would be to bury Seth Meyers in concrete, dump him into the East River, and hire a head writer who can keep skits under five minutes. Or I guess they could just fire him. As long as there’s a new head writer. But I still say concrete and East River. You can never be too sure.