“Saturday Night Live” may have found replacements for departing cast members Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis.
According to Deadline, four people — Noel Wells, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser and Kyle Mooney — are “top candidates” to join “SNL” as featured players in the fall. All four have ties to the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe (which was co-founded by “SNL” alum Amy Poehler) as well as good-sized online presences.
Bennett, who’s also in the sketch group Good Neighbor, is probably the most recognizable of the four: He’s the bemused guy who interviews groups of kids in a series of commercials for AT&T, and also stars in a web series called “Fresh Perspectives,” in which he asks kids about political issues. Here’s one of the phone ads:
Among Wells’ YouTube videos are a series of Zooey Deschanel impressions (could this pave the way for the return of “Bein’ Quirky”?), one called “My (Drunk) Singing Impressions” and a three-part series called “Manic Pixie Nightmare Girl.” Here’s part 1:
Mooney, also a member of Good Neighbor, has the biggest YouTube following, built in large part on a string of supremely awkward man-on-the-street interviews. He had a brief but very funny guest role on “Parks and Recreation” in 2011:
Milhiser is a UCB veteran and member of the sketch group Serious Lunch. He also stars in a series of Funny or Die videos called “In Depp with Johnny Depp.” Take a look:
What do you think? Will Wells, Bennett, Milhiser and Mooney make good additions to the “SNL” cast?