UPDATE, Sept. 16: "SNL" has confirmed that Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien and Noel Wells have joined the cast for the 39th season, along with stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan, who was hired last week.
The news comes a day after Lorne Michaels revealed that Cecily Strong will co-anchor "Weekend Update" with Seth Meyers this season, and Tim Robinson will move to the writing staff. Read more here.
PREVIOUSLY: "SNL" is reportedly adding five new performers to its cast as featured players for the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
According to Deadline.com, which first broke the news Friday (Aug. 23), comedian John Milhiser, actress Noël Wells, performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, and current "Saturday Night Live" writer Michael Patrick O'Brien are poised to join the sketch comedy series this fall for its 39th season.
Milhiser, Wells, Mooney and Bennett have all performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, from which current "SNL" cast members Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon also hail.
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Mooney and Bennett, who stars in AT&T's "It's Not Complicated" kids commercials, are also members of the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor, along with stand up comic Nick Rutherford and filmmaker Dave McCary. The entire group, who recently shot a pilot for Comedy Central, has been hired by the show, just like it did with Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island, with McCary added as a director.
O'Brien has been writing for "SNL" for the past four seasons, and has previously appeared in bit roles. He also hosts his own web series "7 Minutes in Heaven" on Yahoo.
Milhiser is a member of the NYC-based sketch group Serious Lunch, while Wells has appeared in several College Humor sketches, and is known for her solo videos on YouTube, which have racked up millions of hits.
The cast additions come after the departures of Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader at the end of last season. "Weekend Update" anchor and head writer Seth Meyers is also slated to exit the series in the fall to host "Late Night" starting in February.