"Please join us in welcoming our newest cast members: Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noel Wells & Brooks Wheelan!!" the show's Twitter account tweeted out on Monday (Sept. 16).
The newbies were confirmed in a New York Times article yesterday where Lorne Michaels also announced that breakout star Cecily Strong, who joined the "Saturday Night Live" cast last season, will co-anchor "Weekend Update" alongside Seth Meyers starting in the season opener on Sept. 28, and Tim Robinson will move to the show's writing staff after one season as a featured player.
“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Michaels said of Strong’s first year. “She exploded.”
One of her first breakout characters was at the "Update" desk — the Girl You Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.
"As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with, it's prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation," Meyers joked on Twitter after welcoming his new co-anchor.
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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.
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.
Wheelan, a stand-up comic from Los Angeles, was the final addition to the "SNL" cast, having been hired by Michaels just last week.
Chicago improv performer Claire Mulaney, the younger sister of former "SNL" writer John Mulaney, and actor-comedian Mikey Day have also been hired to the show's writing staff.
The cast additions come after the departures of Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader at the end of last season.
Meyers, who is also head writer, is also slated to exit the series in the fall to host "Late Night" starting in February. However, Michaels recently indicated that he'd like Meyers to stay on "Weekend Update" even after he begins hosting "Late Night."
"SNL" returns for Season 39 on Sept. 28 with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire. Other upcoming hosts and musical guests include Miley Cyrus pulling double duty on Oct. 5, and Bruce Willis on Oct. 12 with performances by Katy Perry.