With the recent turnovers at Saturday Night Live — veterans Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, as well as player Abby Elliott, will not return for the show’s 38th season — questions have arose over who else may leave and who would join the cast. Today, we can report that deals have been made official with Chicago improvisers Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson. Cecily Strong, whose background is also in sketch theater, has also signed on for the new season. All have performed regularly at Second City, where many SNL stars originated.
Jason Sudeikis is still (officially) undecided as to whether he will return for this season, and if so, for how long. We would hope he stays on long enough to play his iconic Joe Biden and Mitt Romney during the upcoming election.
In related news at 30 Rock, cast members Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam (who just wed longtime fiance, actress Colbie Smulders on Saturday), who have been at the show for two years, may be promoted from featured players to full cast members. The first episode of Saturday Night Live‘s 38th season is this Saturday, Sept. 15; Seth MacFarlane hosts.
To get a taste of these new faces, check out a trio of videos below!
Here is Cecily Strong playing a shifty tour guide in Quebec:
Aidy Bryant gets silly and shares things:
Tim Robinson has an ugly baby: