As the long-running late-night sketch-comedy show enters its 39th season, producer Saturday Night Live exec producer Lorne Michaels had his work cut out for him when it came to filling the big shoes of departing cast-members Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, arguably three of the show’s strongest performers in recent years.
After scouring the country in search of hilarity, Michaels handpicked his five new actors: Miles O’Brien (pictured), Beck Bennett, Noel Mills, John Milhiser and Kyle Mooney.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all five have extensive comedy credentials, and may be familiar to fans of cutting-edge online comedy.
Kyle Mooney: Described by The Hollywood Reporter as having “the Method commitment of Bill Murray…and the sensual sensibility of Will Forte,” Californian Kyle Mooney is a member of Good Neighbor, which produces online comedy/music videos a la Sandy Samberg’s Lonely Island.
John Milhiser: A member of the Brooklyn-based sketch group Serious Lunch, which has appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Beck Bennett: Another member of Good Neighbor (which, The Hollywood Reporter notes, counts Louis C.K. and Steven Spielberg among its fans), Bennett is currently featured in AT&T’s “It’s Not Complicated” ad campaign.
Noel Wells: A performer at the Los Angeles branch of Upright Citizens Brigade (which provided a launching pad for the likes of Amy Poehler, current SNLer Kate McKinnon, 30 Rock‘s Jack McBrayer and many more), Wells is best known for playing sulky teen Dana Brody in an online Homeland spoof.
Miles O’Brien: An SNL writer since 2009, O’Brien is best known for his hilarious web series 7 Minutes in Heaven, in which he interviews various celebrities — ranging from Jeff Goldblum to Insane Clown Posse — inside a closet.