'SNL' adds cast members, replacing Moynihan, Zamata and Bayer

Chris Redd Heidi Gardner and Luke Null will help fill the voids created by the departures of Bobby Moynihan Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata

Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd and Luke Null will fill the spots vacated last season by Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan. Still around is Kenan Thompson, who has surpassed Darrell Hammond as the longest-running cast member with fifteen seasons.

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will join the show's cast as featured players, beginning with the Season 43 premiere hosted by Ryan Gosling and featuring musical guest Jay-Z on September 30.

The show is coming off one of its most watched seasons ever which earned it nine Emmy awards, more than any other show.

Like many Saturday Night Live cast members, Redd laid his comedy roots in Chicago by doing comedy at Second City. Taking the advice of Judd Apatow, Redd moved to Los Angeles and in addition to his role in Popstar, he's also appeared in the Netflix shows Love and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.


Gardner, a Groundlings performer and actress, was a writer and voice actor on Crackle's Bryan Cranston-produced animated comedy SuperMansion. According to IMDb, Gardner is set to be seen alongside Melissa McCarthy in the 2018 feature, Life of the Party.

For his part, Null is a musical comedian who has performed with iO Chicago, a Windy City-based improv company. Check out the season premiere promo below!

That's quite an eclectic array of writing talent to bring aboard SNL, and hopefully it helps the sketch series keep up the momentum they gained last season, which resulted in an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Sketch Comedy Series.

Baldwin will be back again this season despite his claims that he was prepared to hang up the orange wig, appearing as President Donald trump in the season opener hosted by Ryan Goslign with musical guest Jay Z.

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