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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds 3 New Cast Members for Season 43

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd join as featured players

Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members ahead of Season 43, namely Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd.

Gardner was a member of the Groundlings main company in Los Angeles. She voices a role on the Crackle animated series “SuperMansion” and appears in the 2018 movie “Life of the Party” starring Melissa McCarthy.

Null is a Chicago-based musical comedian and improviser who performed at iO Chicago.

Redd is a comedian and rapper who performed at Chicago’s Second City. He was in the 2016 film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and had a role in the Netflix Kathy Bates-starring series “Disjointed.”

Joining the writing staff for the NBC sketch show are Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel.

The returning featured players on the cast are Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat and Mikey Day. Mainstays Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer both left the show at the end of Season 42.

“SNL” heads into Season 43 with a ton of momentum, having picked up nine Emmys and loads of buzz for its most recent run, thanks in part to Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump.

“Saturday Night Live” begins Season 43 on Sept. 30 on NBC.