On Thursday, while everyone on the Internet was busy freaking out over the Batfleck scandal, Deadline reported that four comedians have emerged as favorites in Lorne Michaels' extensive and excruciating search for new Saturday Night Live cast members after the departure of Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader (and the forthcoming end of Seth Meyers' run).
I hear comedian John Milhiser, actress Noël Wells and performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett have emerged as top candidates to join Saturday Night Live as new featured players this fall. No official announcement yet from the venerable late-night show but the four are heavily rumored to land the coveted SNL spots. All four have been performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, which has given SNL UCB co-founders and current cast members Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon. [Deadline]
First off, you probably recognize Beck Bennett as that guy trolling the little kids in the AT&T commercials. *Mind explosion noise*
Bennett also made a brief appearance on the recent revival of the Internet's favorite comedy, Arrested Development as a Straightbait actor. He has (surprise) performed with L.A.'s sketch comedy powerhouse the Upright Citizens Brigade and started his own sketch group Good Neighbor.
Then there's Noel Wells. She has (SURPRISE!) performed with L.A.'s sketch comedy powerhouse the Upright Citizens Brigade. She's a member of the sketch comedy group New Money, but is probably best known 'round these parts (re: the Internet) for her Zooey Deschanel impression.
Meet Kyle Mooney. He has (SURPRISE!) performed with L.A.'s sketch comedy powerhouse the Upright Citizens Brigade. He was featured during the brief run of Norm MacDonald's sports show.
Finally, they're looking at John Milhiser. He has (SURPRISE!) performed with L.A.'s sketch comedy powerhouse the Upright Citizens Brigade. He does a mean Owen Wilson and is a part of the sketch group Serious Lunch that gave us the absolutely wonderful Step Up/Pitch Perfect "Paddy Cake" parody, "Clap It Up".