As season 47 of Saturday Night Live came to an end, it seemed every day we were being told another cast member was leaving. Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson all announced in May 2022 that they would be quitting the show following the season finale, while Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, and Aristotle Athari waited until September 2022 to publicize their departure. With this mass exodus in mind, fans have been patiently waiting for the new list of cast members to be reported. At long last, we have names! We introduce the four newest cast members of Saturday Night Live Season 48...
First up is comedian, writer, and actor Marcello Hernandez. The Miami-born star was recently chosen as the Just for Laughs New Face of Comedy in 2022, already proving his worth to the sketch comedy series. Molly Kearney is next up, with acting credits in Amazon's A League of Their Own and Disney+'s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Kearney will make waves not just with their comedy skills but also as SNL's first nonbinary cast member.
Michael Longfellow is also set to join season 48, boasting an appearance on Netflix's Introducing showcase and NBC's Bring the Funny. The Phoenix born star was selected in the 2017 New York Comedy Festival as one of TBS's Comics to Watch. Last but certainly not least is Devon Walker from Texas. Walker joins the SNL cast after appearing in Comedy Central's 2017 Up Next showcase and writing on Freeform's Everything's Trash and Netflix's Big Mouth.
Acknowledging the significant cast turnover at the SNL studios, its creator Lorne Michaels discussed the changes with reporters at the Emmy Awards last week. "There are new people, and things are changing, and a different generation comes into the show," he said. Michaels also noted the role of COVID in causing certain cast members to stay as long as they did. "I think people might've left earlier, but there was no place to go. It was difficult, particularly when you're rehearsing in masks and it's all protocols, and there's nothing to do after the show except go home." Catch the latest stars in Season 48 of SNL on October 1 on NBC.