'SNL' adds 3 new cast members for Season 43

Posted September 28, 2017

Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd and Luke Null will fill the spots vacated last season by Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan. He later shifted to stand-up and sketch comedy, performing for a time with a Second City touring company.

Are you excited to see how these three newcomers fit in with the veteran cast members? (Gardner is also cast in the upcoming McCarthy comedy Life of the Party.) Vulture rounded up a couple of amusing Gardner sketches here.

Heidi Gardner comes equipped with Los Angeles' The Groundlings experience and is writer/voice actor of SuperMansion, a Crackle animated series. Null is a musical comedian and improviser hailing from iO Chicago. While his track record doesn't boast as many credits as Redd and Gardner, Null has one thing over both of them-he wrote the compelling ballad "Clay Aiken Should've Won Season Two", which he's performed at the country's most prolific comedy center, the iO Theater.

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Sure, there's been music from the likes of The Lonely Island and music videos featuring plenty of well-produced music on SNL in recent years, but an acoustic, singing comedian in the vein of Adam Sandler hasn't made waves on the show since Jimmy Fallon left the series years ago. Check out the season premiere promo below! The new writing recruits include Sam Jay (Take My Wife), Gary Richardson (The Chris Gethard Show), Erik Marino (The Hughleys), Andrew Dismukes (Call Me Brother), Claire Friedman (2016 MTV Movie Awards), Nimesh Patel (2017 White House Correspondents Dinner), and Steven Castillo (Becoming Red).

The new season of SNL premieres this weekend with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z, who have each done quality work despite their lack of direct Chicago ties.