Which SNL Cast Members Are Returning For Season 43?
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! SNL is returning for season 43 on Saturday, September 30, for a new season of skits, celebrity hosts and musical guests. Although we already know three cast members will not be returning this season — Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata — let's choose to focus on the positives. What cast members are returning to SNL for season 43, and who are the new cast members?
Returning Saturday Night Live Cast Members
Loyal Saturday Night Live fans will be happy to know that 13 cast members from season 42 will be returning! Here's the full list:
Beck Bennett is returning as a repertory player for his fifth season on SNL. His impressions of Vladimir Putin and Mike Pence got him a ton of recognition, and people also love his Office Boss skit — the businessman with the body of a baby.
Aidy Bryant is returning for her sixth season as a repertory player. She's popular for her "Girlfriends Talk Show" sketch and received an Emmy nomination for digital short "(Do It On My) Twin Bed."
Michael Che returns as co-anchor of "Weekend Update" for his fourth season. He's received a ton of praise outside of the show, appearing on Rolling Stone's 50 Funniest People list, Buzzfeed's 50 Hottest Men in Comedy list and Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch.
Pete Davidson returns as a repertory player for his fourth season. The 23-year-old is the youngest member of the cast and — fun fact — he was the first-ever cast member to be born in the 90s.
Leslie Jones is returning as a repertory player for her third season. She's also made a name for herself outside of the show, appearing in the Ghostbusters reboot and making the "Time 100" list in 2017.
Colin Jost returns for his fifth season as co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment. This past summer, he and Michael Che also co-hosted a special edition of the popular segment.
Kate McKinnon is entering her seventh season as a repertory player, fresh off her most recent Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won the honor in 2016 and was nominated in both 2015 and 2014. She boasts killer impressions of Hillary Clinton, Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres.
Kyle Mooney is returning as a repertory player for his fifth season on SNL. In his previous seasons, people loved his "Miley Sex Tape" digital short with Miley Cyrus and his man-on-the-street interviews.
Cecily Strong returns as a repertory player for her sixth season, and we expect more of her playing the Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party.
Kenan Thompson is returning as a repertory player for his 15th season on SNL, making him the show's longest-running cast member ever. He received a 2017 Emmy nomination for co-writing last season's "Last Christmas" from the "Jingle Barack" sketch.
Mikey Day will return as a featured player for his second season on SNL. During his first season, he was recognized for his "Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)" sketch with Tom Hanks and his impression of Donald Trump Jr.
Alex Moffat is returning to SNL for his second season as a featured player. Last season, he got some laughs out of his impressions of Eric Trump and Anderson Cooper.
Melissa Villaseñor will return to SNL for her second season as a featured player.
Additionally, Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond will, once again, serve as the announcer.
New Saturday Night Live Cast Members
To replace the void left by exiting cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata will (attempt to be) filled by three new featured players, Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd.
Heidi Gardner joins the cast from the Groundlings company in Los Angeles. She voices Cooch in Crackle's SuperMansion and is set to appear in the 2018 film Life of the Party starring Melissa McCarthy. She was originally from Kansas City, Missouri.
Luke Null, a musical comedian based in Chicago, was originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and joins SNL straight from iO Chicago.
Chris Redd is a comedian and rapper originally from St. Louis, Missouri. He performed at Chicago's Second City and appeared in SNL alum Andy Samberg's film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. He also appeared in the Netflix original series Disjointed with Kathy Bates.
The SNL season 43 premiere airs Saturday, September 30, at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT on NBC. Ryan Gosling is set to host the premiere, with Jay-Z as the musical guest.
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