Monday, June 17, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Starts Audition Tour to Find New Cast Members


“Saturday Night Live” chief Lorne Michaels is getting ready to head West. He needs new performers for the fall season after losing several stars and firing a few non starters.

In the last year, “SNL” has lost Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig, not to mention Seth Meyers. The show is also short of leading men after Michaels tossed Brooks Wheelan and John Milhiser. Nasim Pedrad and Noel Wells are also gone, depleting the female side of the show.

That leaves from the older cast Kenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah, and Bobby Moynihan, who are dependable, talented and more needed now more than ever.

On the female side, the show boasts a true star in Kate McKinnon, who’s nominated for an Emmy Award and is on the verge of being a Tina-Amy-Kristen.

Michaels and staff will hit Portland, Oregon next week, where comedy is apparently very big. By the end of August they will have been to most major cities and will see any comic who’s built even a slight following.

“SNL” has been through these changes before, and Michaels has always been able to find the right mix of new performers. Somewhere out there a new Bill Murray or Dana Carvey lurks.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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