BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

Meet The New "Saturday Night Live" Cast Members

7 Minutes In Heaven host Michael Patrick O'Brien will be joining SNL in the fall, and three other men and one woman are top candidates to join him.

Posted on August 23, 2013, at 6:09 p.m. ET

Saturday Night Live writer Michael Patrick O'Brien will be joining the cast as a featured player this fall, and three others are rumored to have been hired, Dateline reports. O'Brien has been a writer on the show since 2009.

O'Brien performing improv with Saturday Night Live cast member, Aidy Bryant.
Barry Brecheisen / WireImage / Getty Images

O'Brien performing improv with Saturday Night Live cast member, Aidy Bryant.

O'Brien spent years perfecting his comedy skills at Chicago's iO and Second City theaters. He last appeared on the show during Justin Timberlake's opening monologue on March 9, 2013.

View this video on YouTube

O'Brien as the doorman in Justin Timberlake's "Five-Timer's Club" monologue, a role played by Conan O'Brien in the original '80s sketch.

He also wrote this sketch.

View this video on YouTube

O'Brien hosts the popular web-series "7 Minutes in Heaven," in which he interviews celebrities and comedians in a closet.

View this video on YouTube

The other four featured players are rumored to be: Kyle Mooney, Noël Wells, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser.

All four are performers at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and have popular web videos to his or her name. Here's one from Beck Bennett.

View this video on YouTube

And a Step Up parody from John Millner, "Clap It Up."

View this video on YouTube

Noël Wells is known for her character work; here is her reel.

View this video on YouTube

Noe

And lastly, Kyle Mooney, doing an awkward man-on-the-street segment at a MLB game.

View this video on YouTube

This is a huge transitional year for SNL, as five performers are entering, and Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Jason Sudeikis left at the end of last season.

NBC

Seth Meyers will also depart in the late fall to prepare for his takeover as host of Late Night.

NBC

FYI: SNL has not hired a black woman since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007. Although Keenan Thompson plays them a lot.

Just think of all the sketches we could see (Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Oprah, Nikki Minaj, Rihanna, and SO MANY more) if they hired a black woman instead of making Keenan Thompson play these characters.

Especially because there are so many hilarious women of color in comedy.

View this video on YouTube

View this video on YouTube

But until then, best of luck to the comedians joining the 2013-2014 SNL cast!

Support our journalism

Help BuzzFeed News reporters expose injustices and keep quality news free.

Start
ADVERTISEMENT