As Saturday Night Live announced its newest six cast members Monday, many viewers want to know, who are they? Following one of the biggest turnovers in recent years, NBC formally introduced the newest six cast members to be joining the Not Ready For Primetime Players in the upcoming SNL's 39th season. The new cast members of Saturday Night Live are Beck Bennett, Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney and Mike O'Brien, according to E! News on Sept. 16.
Lorne Michaels handpicked the newbies, who have some big shoes to fill. SNL hopes to successfully fill the void left by the 2012 departure of Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg, as well as last season's exit of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis.
Also Seth Myers is set to exit his stint at the Weekend Update desk mid-season, for his new job replacing Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night" in February.
Here's where you may know some of the new faces from:
- Beck Bennet: You probably know him best for his series of AT&T's popular "It's Not Complicated" commercials, where the 28-year-old sits and chats with a group of cute kids.
- Brooks Whelan: This stand-up comic and writer was named as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch" in 2012. He's joining SNL's writing staff, but may make an occasional sketch appearance as well.
- Noel Wells: Perhaps recognized by many for her popular YouTube channel, she's also a member of L.A.'s Upright Citizens Brigade and has appeared in a couple of indie films.
- John Milhiser: Also a member of UCB and the NY-based Serious Lunch sketch group, he's been featured on both the "Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon".
- Kyle Mooney: He's appeared on "Parks & Recreation", as well as doing a number of man-on-the-street interviews for "Jimmy Kimmel Live".
- Michael Patrick O'Brien: He's been on the SNL writing staff since 2009, but is finally getting his chance to step in front of the camera. He's appeared on Armesan's "Portlandia", and is primarily known for his oddball celebrity interviews on his "7 Minutes in Heaven" Web series.
Following what USA Today called one of the biggest talent drains in recent years for the show, these new cast members sure have some big shoes to fill.
The new season of "Saturday Night Live" debuts Sept. 28 on NBC with Tina Fey hosting, and Arcade Fire as the musical guest.