SNL Boosts Cast To Replace Moynihan, Bayer and Zamata

Jay Jacobs
September 28, 2017

Season number 43 of the hit program features newbies Gardner, Null and Redd on its roster for the late night shenanigans formally known as Saturday Night Live.

The 43rd season kicks off with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay Z along with returning cast members including Kenan Thompson-who is back for his 15th SNL season-and "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che.

Redd is certainly the most well-known of anyone in the new crop.

The show is coming off one of its most watched seasons ever which earned it nine Emmy awards, more than any other show. However, the good news is that the Peacock Network perennial gained Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd for the fresh season.

Redd, a regular on the Netflix series "Disjointed", apparently had been close to landing the job in 2016, to the point where a blogger reported his hire as a done deal and friends bombarded Redd with congratulations on social media.

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While Redd, Gardner and Null are relatively unknown to wide audiences, they bring stage experience and comedic chops to the sketch show. He later shifted to stand-up and sketch comedy, performing for a time with a Second City touring company.

Gardner, meanwhile, is a Kansas City, Mo. native who got her start with The Groundlings.

Null is a Chicago-based comedian, musician and improv talent, whose past credits include the 2011 film The Heart: The Final Pulse.

Bayer was nominated for an Emmy in her last season. Besides the new cast members, "SNL" is undergoing a major shakeup behind the scenes with new writers, Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel.

The trio will make their series debut September 30, with the Ryan Gosling-hosted season premiere.

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