The new additions follow the departures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah
Saturday Night Live has announced three new cast members for its upcoming 42nd season. Comedians Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat will join the sketch show, which premieres its new season on Oct. 1 on NBC, according to Mashable.
Day becomes a featured player after spending three years on SNL’s writing staff and a recent writing and acting gig on the NBC variety show Maya & Marty. Before joining SNL, he performed with Groundlings in Los Angeles, a sketch comedy theater that boasts Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig among its alumni.
Stand-up comic Villaseñor is known for her on-point celebrity impressions on her YouTube channel. She was a top finalist on America’s Got Talent, and has lent her voice to animated shows like Adventure Time and Family Guy.
Moffat, a Chicago-based improv and sketch performer, joins the institution after working with the iO Theater, Annoyance and Second City, the last of which kickstarted the careers of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, among several SNL legends.
The cast additions follow the sudden departure of stars Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah in August.