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SNL New Cast Members 2021, Cast Of Saturday Night Live Past and Present

SNL New Cast Members 2021: SNL is returning for the 47th season on October 2nd, the show is a late-night live, comedy, and variety show created by Lorne Micheals and Dick Ebersol. There are three new cast members joining this season we have updated all details about the SNL New Cast Members 2021 here, scroll down to know more.  

by Atirya Shyamsundar | Updated Oct 11, 2021 11:15 AM

SNL New Cast Members 2021, Cast Of Saturday Night Live Past and Present
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SNL New Cast Members 2021

SNL is returning for the 47th season on October 2nd. The show is a late-night live, comedy, and variety show. It was created by Lorne Micheals and Dick Ebersol. The premiere of the show was on NBC and was hosted by George Carlin. The show parodies current-day politics and culture and is performed by a large and varied cast. Throughout the four decades, the show has been on the air, it has received a lot of awards including 86 Prime Time Emmy Awards. 

For the latest season, the show has three new cast members. The show aired on October 2nd. The three new members are: 

1: Aristotle Athari 

He is new to SNL but he is a very memorable actor from Silicon Valley. He started out along with Hasan Minhaj on Goatface. He has also performed for Comedy Central. 


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2: James Austin Johnson

Johnson is a skilled impersonator. He went viral for his impersonation of Donald Trump. He also has a number of shows on his resume including Better call Saul, All Rise, and others. 


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3: Sarah Sherman

She is better known b her stage name “Sarah Squirm”. She has a lot of experience with comedy and a large following on social media. She has written for Netflix for the Magic for Humans show. 


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Saturday Night Live Original Cast

The original concept for the show was comedy-variety that featured young comedians. Rather than having just one host, it was decided that there would be a different guest host each week. The following is the cast roster of the original SNL cast or the cast of The Not Ready For Prime Time Players. 

1: Dan Aykroyd

2: John Belushi

3:Chevy Chase

4: George Coe (only episode: October 11, 1975)

5: Jane Curtin

6: Garrett Morris

7: Laraine Newman

8: Michael O'Donoghue (final episode: November 8, 1975)

9: Gilda Radner

How Much Do SNL Cast Get Paid

How much the cast it paid has been a closely guarded secret since the beginning of the show. However, it has been said that the cast is paid according to the experience that they have. So here is how much the cast makes per episode as of October 3rd. Keep in mind most of the numbers are a guesstimate made based on given information. 

Name  Salary from SNL 
Kenan Thompson  25000
Colin Jost  25000
Kate McKinnon 25000
Cecily Strong  25000
Micheal Che  15000
Pete Davidson  15000
Mikey Day  15000
Heidi Gardner  8000
Alex Everett Moffat  8000-15000

SNL Cast Members Leaving

There are two SNL cast members leaving this season. Beck Bennett who has been on the show since 2013 and Lauren Holt will be leaving this season. 

Beck Bennett 

Beck Benett is best known for his eight seasons on SNL. He formed a group called the God neighbor along with Kyle Mooney, Nick Rutheford, and Dave McCary. The group was praised by Steven Speilberg for their Hook parody. 


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Lauren Holt 

She is an actress who started her career with Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv group from LA. On December 1st, 2020, she was listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list. 


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Best SNL Cast

Here is a list of the top 10 cast members on SNL according to Rolling Stone Magazine. They have only ranked those who have had air time and they have not considered the guest hosts. 

Rank  Name  Era 
10 Chevy Chase 1975-1977
9 Gilda Radner 1975-1980
8 Amy Poehler 2001-2008
7 Phil Hartman 1986-1994
6 Bill Murray 1977-1980
5 Dan Aykroyd 1975-1979
4 Mike Myers 1989-1995
3 Tina Fey 2000-2006
2 Eddie Murphy 1980-1984
1 John Belushi 1975-1979

Black SNL Cast

In all, only 20 out of the 153 cast members on the show so far have been Black. The lack of diversity on the show has been a widely publicized issue. So much so in fact, the show made fun of themselves for it. In any case. Here are all the Black actors who have been on the show. 

Name  Years  Comedic Style  Greatest Sketch 
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981 Understated “Bad Clams”
Damon Wayans 1985–1986 Subversive “Mr. Monopoly”
Jerry Minor 2000–2001 Low-key hilarity “Good Morning Bronx”
Dean Edwards 2001–2003 Chameleon “Weekend Update”
Ego Nwodim 2018-present The cool, funny chick next door “SoulCycle at Home”
Sasheer Zamata 2014–2017 Grace under fire “Stranger Things”
Finesse Mitchell 2003–2006 Unpredictable “Weekend Update”
Danitra Vance 1985–1986 Did she just say that? “That Black Girl”
Chris Redd 2017-present In the cut “Come Back Barack”
Jay Pharaoh 2010–2016 Mimicry machine “Rappers Meeting”
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995 Silly sass “Zoraida”
Leslie Jones 2014–2019 Joyful wrecking ball “Naked and Afraid: Celebrity Edition”
Michael Che 2014-present Everyone’s favorite asshole “Gretchen”
Garrett Morris 1975–1980 Cerebral “Calypso”
Tim Meadows 1991–2000 Mild-mannered wiseass “Ladies Man: Unprotected Sex and Weight Issues”
Chris Rock 1990–1993 Never scared “Martin Luther King Day Rant”
Tracy Morgan 1996–2003 Brash knuckles “Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet”
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007 Limitless versatility “Donatella Versace’s Pockets”
Kenan Thompson 2003-present A daily double of heart and soul “Black Jeopardy”
Eddie Murphy 1980–1984 Polished yet raw “White Like Me”

Female SNL Cast

The list below has all the female members of Saturday Night Live. The list has both repertories and featured players from both past and present. 

Performer Time on SNL
Jane Curtin 1975–1980
Laraine Newman 1975–1980
Gilda Radner 1975–1980
Yvonne Hudson 1980–1981
Gail Matthius 1980–1981
Ann Risley 1980–1981
Laurie Metcalf 1981
Emily Prager 1981
Christine Ebersole 1981–1982
Robin Duke 1981–1984
Mary Gross 1981–1985
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 1982–1985
Pamela Stephenson 1984–1985
Joan Cusack 1985–1986
Danitra Vance 1985–1986
Nora Dunn 1985–1990
Victoria Jackson 1986–1992
Dana Carvey 1986–1993
Julia Sweeney 1990–1994
Beth Cahill 1991–1992
Siobhan Fallon 1991–1992
Melanie Hutsell 1991–1994
Ellen Cleghorne 1991–1995
Sarah Silverman 1993–1994
Janeane Garofalo 1994–1995
Laura Kightlinger 1994–1995
Morwenna Banks 1995
Nancy Walls 1995–1996
Cheri Oteri 1995–2000
Molly Shannon 1995–2001
Ana Gasteyer 1996–2002
Tracy Morgan 1996–2003
Rachel Dratch 1999–2006
Tina Fey 2000–2006
Maya Rudolph 2000–2007
Amy Poehler 2001–2008
Michaela Watkins 2008–2009
Abby Elliott 2008–2012
Jenny Slate 2009–2010
Vanessa Bayer 2010–2017
Kate McKinnon 2012–present
Cecily Strong 2012–present
Noël Wells 2013–2014
Sasheer Zamata 2014–2017
Leslie Jones 2014–2019
Melissa Villaseñor 2016–present
Heidi Gardner 2017–present
Chloe Fineman 2019–present
Lauren Holt 2020–2021
Punkie Johnson 2020–present
Sarah Sherman 2021–present

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SNL New Cast Members 2021 - FAQs

1. Who is the new cast of SNL?

The complete 2021-2022 SNL ensemble cast consists of Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor and Bowen Yang.

2. Who is the next SNL Host 2021?

Jason Sudeikis is set to host SNL for the very first time, and the same goes for the three other hosts lined up so far: Loki star Owen Wilson (who's set for the season premiere), Kim Kardashian West and Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner Rami Malek (who stars in the upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die).

3. Who is the new girl on SNL?

Nasim Pedrad is an Iranian-American actress, writer, and comedian. She had her breakthrough role as a cast member in the NBC sketch variety series Saturday Night Live (2009–2014).

4. How old is punkie Johnson?

Punkie Johnson is 36 years old. 

5. Who left SNL in 2020?

Beck Bennett, the versatile “Saturday Night Live” player who has won notice for his impressions of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence over eight seasons at the show, will leave the venerable NBC late-night series even as it welcomes back a number of senior cast members

6. Who plays Angel on SNL?

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. Heidi Lynn Gardner (born July 27, 1983) is an American actress, comedian, and writer, who currently works as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

7. Who's hosted SNL the most?

Actor Alec Baldwin holds the record for most times hosting, having done so seventeen times since 1990; Baldwin took the record from actor Steve Martin who has hosted fifteen times since 1976. Several former cast members have returned to take on hosting duties.