- Saturday Night Live -Meet The New 'SNL' Cast Members Joining Season 47 (And Say Goodbye To Others)
Let's start with the good news. Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant, and Pete Davidson are all coming back to Saturday Night Live for Season 47, and they'll be joined by three new cast members. The bad news: Beck Bennett is leaving SNL after eight seasons on the show, along with Season 46 newcomer Lauren Holt. I have to admit, I'll miss Beck Bennett and his loud, straight white guy bits, so, to deal with my grief, I'm going to ignore his departure and focus on the newbies. Let's find out everything there is to know about SNL Season 47's new cast members.
Newbies Sarah Sherman, Aristotle Athari, and James Austin Johnson are joining Punkie Johnson and Sarah Sherman as featured players this season. (Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman were both upped to series regulars.)
Sarah Sherman, aka Sarah Squirm
Sarah Sherman, who also performs under the name Sarah Squirm, worked on The Eric Andre Show, and has a knack for shinning a spotlight on all things gross — seriously, watch her The Sarah Vaccine special if you dare. If you want to get a taste of what she'll be like on SNL, look no further than this "audition" video she shared on her YouTube.
This is my level of impression work, and I respect it.
Aristotle Athari is a Silicon Valley alum (he appeared in five episodes as Gabe) who is probably best known his sketch group, Goatface, which also features Hasan Minhaj, Fahim Anwar, and Asaf Ali. They had a special on Comedy Central in 2018.
James Austin Johnson
James Austin Johnson had bit parts in Hail, Caesar, and appeared on Better Call Saul and Tuca & Bertie, but it's his Donald Trump impression that really grabbed people's attention last year. I know what you're thinking: we don't need another white man on SNL doing a Trump impression, but believe me when I say that his Trump explains Sex & The City bit is infinitely better than anything Alec Baldwin has ever done on this program.
I can't wait to see what Johnson's Donald Trump has to say about And Just Like That...
Saturday Night Live returns Saturday, Oct. 2, with host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves.
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