'SNL' adds cast members, replacing Moynihan, Zamata and Bayer

Posted September 28, 2017

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will be making their way to the Big Apple after making their way through the notoriously hard casting process for the show, headed up by creator and head producer Lorne Michaels.

Saturday Night Live has announced the three new cast members who will be joining the iconic just show just days before the premiere of its 43rd season. Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer were given a fond farewell while Sasheer Zamata opted to leave the show without much pomp and circumstance.

The three new featured players join a show that won nine Emmys at the recent awards ceremony.

Luke Null | Twitter
Luke Null | Twitter

The other two new cast members are Chris Redd and Luke Null. He can also be seen in the Netflix series, Disjointed.

While Redd, Gardner and Null are relatively unknown to wide audiences, they bring stage experience and comedic chops to the sketch show.

She moved out to Los Angeles over a decade ago, but prior to that, Heidi Gardner grew up in Kansas City, graduating from the local all-girls high school Notre Dame de Sion's class of 2001. She also has a role in Life of the Party, which stars Melissa McCarthy.

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Gardner, a Groundlings performer and actress, was a writer and voice actor on Crackle's Bryan Cranston-produced animated comedy SuperMansion.

Null, meanwhile, has been honing his musical-leaning comedy talents at Chicago-based improv theatre and training centre, iO Chicago.

NBC is also adding seven new writers for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, including Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Sam Jay, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Nimesh Patel and Claire Freidman.

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As we previously mentioned, this Saturday's premiere will be hosted by Ryan Gosling with musical guest Jay-Z.

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