Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will join the venerable show as featured players starting with the season premiere, which is just in four days, on Sept.
The hires cap a series of auditions and tests over the past month or so in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, with the final cast selection reportedly being made over Emmy weekend, with the writer deals stretching to this week.
SNL is getting a major behind-the-scenes makeover with seven new writers, Sam Jay (one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch), Gary Richardson (appeared in The Law Firm: Law & Disorder as member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade; other credits include Spider-Man Homecoming), Erik Marino, (The Hughleys) Andrew Dismukes (performed at FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and The Moontower Comedy Festival), Steven Castillo,(performed at Riot L.A.) Claire Friedman (member of The Nerdologues) and Nimesh Patel (writer for the 88th Academy Awards).
Among the returning stars is Kenan Thompson who is setting a record for the longest-serving SNL cast member with his fifteenth season on the show, eclipsing Darrell Hammond’s 14-season run.
SNL‘s career Emmy total wins went up to to 64, besting next closest all-time Emmy series winnersGame of Thrones with 38 and Frasier with 37.