SNL Casting News: Mike O’Brien Out, Pete Davidson In

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A couple of bits of SNL casting news for you this morning.

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Pete Davidson, has joined Saturday Night Live as a featured player. Only 20 years old, the Brooklyn based comedian has been working the club circuit since he was 16 years old. According to The Wrap, he was discovered by America’s Got Talent host, Nick Cannon, and had roles on the revived Wild ‘N Out and MTV’s Guy Code. He also performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and appeared in a guest role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


Meanwhile, Michael O’Brien, added as a featured player last season, will return to the writers room where he’d been penning bits since 2009.

Other changes for the upcoming 40th season of Saturday Night Live include the addition of Daily Show alum, Michael Che who will replace Cecily Strong on Weekend Update. Cecily will return to being a full time cast member.

Earlier this summer, it was announced that featured players Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells and John Milhiser would not be returning to the show.

Saturday Night Live premiers on September 27 with host Chris Pratt and musical guest, Ariana Grande.

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  1. I’m only surprised at O’Brien wasn’t cut with the first group. So many are good as writers but bring nothing when on screen. It’s always been trial and error when choosing cast members. Just seems to be falling into the error category lately. But there were also some really big shoes to fill..

  2. I can’t help noticing that SNL is getting a little less white. Good.

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