Saturday, June 15, 2024

Has “SNL” Hired Six New Players? Internet Rumors Rife with Names, So Someone’s Leaving The Show


The internet is buzzing with rumors about “Saturday Night Live.”

According to a post on Reddit, three individual performers have been signed. Their names are Sarah Squirm, Aristotle Athiras, James Austin Johnson.

Giving some weight to the rumor is the news that “SNL” associate producer has suddenly followed these people on Instagram.

Also a possibility is the addition of a New York comedy trio called Please Don’t Destroy, three guys named Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy who look like they should be the band Weezer.

All of them seem like young, funny kids. But they are also all white, very white, not Black or Asian, and only one of them is a woman. So that might be an issue. But the show does have some star Black and Asian performers now in Chris Redd, Bowen Yang, Melissa Villasenor, and Ego Nwodim, not to mention MVP Kenan Thompson.

Looking at these proposed names, it’s possible that some of the current cast, who’ve been there for seven seasons, could be leaving. Names in the mix are Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, Mikey Day, and Alex Moffat.

There are also questions about returning leading ladies Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, and Aidy Bryant. Last year, Strong and Bryant were absent during theĀ  first half of the season to do other projects. McKinnon and Strong went heavily into commercials because the pandemic limited movie production.

Complicating Kenan Thompson’s position is his NBC sitcom, “Kenan,” which was renewed for a second season. I have found it unwatchable but he did get an Emmy nomination for it.

One thing is clear: ratings after the election was over went downhill. “SNL” needs fresh blood, and fresh ideas. The NYC trio may turn out to be writers and “featured players,” not in the main cast.

So stand by. Some or all of this may pan out.

Sarah Squirm:


Here’s the Please Don’t Destroy trio:


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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