‘SNL’ to Add New Cast Members, Expect Gilly to Depart

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02.16.12 34 Comments

Will this be the final season of the Kenan Thompson-era on “SNL”? But then who will dress up in drag to impersonate a black female??? Not a black female, I should think. According to Splitsider:

It looks like “SNL” is looking to add a couple new cast members to the lineup for the first time in two seasons, as they’ve started holding auditions in New York for potential performers.

Earlier this week at The PIT, about a dozen people auditioned for Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and other producers of the show. The lineup included local performers from major NYC theaters such as UCB as well as folks flown in from Chicago and LA.

The article also says that we should expect a few members of the “old guard,” such as Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis, to leave after this season, and for a “new performer or two” to be added to the sketch series “in the very near future.” Outside of those two, it wouldn’t be a shock to see other long-term cast members depart at the end of the season — I’m looking at you, Fred Armisen (10 seasons) and Kenan Thompson (9 seasons).

As for Bill Hader, while I hope he goes on to bigger things, I also don’t want to imagine “SNL” without Stefon or his impressions; he’s far and away the most skilled performer on the show. Who do you want to leave? Any up-and-comers you’d like added to the cast? I hear good things about this Victoria Jackson person.

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