‘Saturday Night Live’ Is Saying Good-Bye to Beck Bennett and Hello to a Trio of New Castmembers

SNL is back in just a few weeks with first-time host Owen Wilson, and he won’t be the only new person at Studio 8H. Lorne Michaels is welcoming three new comedians to the fold where they’ll begin making their play for SNL greatness. Sarah Sherman, Aristotle Athari and James Austin Johnson are the new recruits.

You may have seen Sarah Sherman, better known to her fans as Sarah Squirm, has built a loyal following on YouTube where her comedy bridges the gap between hilarious and gross-out. Aristotle Athari has made appearances on Silicon Valley and as a member of Hasan Minaj’s comedy troupe. Meanwhile, James Austin Johnson has gone viral several times for having the absolute best Donald Trump impersonation out there, no contest. That ought to come in handy if a certain someone decides to run again.

But every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end, and in this case, the end has come for Beck Bennett. Bennett’s been around since 2013 and has developed a nice lane skewering hyper masculine dolts. He’ll certainly be missed. As will Lauren Holt, who made it just one season. Breakout featured players Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang have been promoted to the repertory cast.

It’s a much more minor shakeup than anticipated, as rumors flew that SNL would be losing longtime staples like Kenan Thompson, Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon. But it looks like they’ll all be sticking around, making this one of the bigger casts in SNL history. We’ll see how they juggle it all when the season returns with Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves on October 2.

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