Meet the new cast members of 'Saturday Night Live'

Posted September 28, 2017

The 2008 Lakota East High School graduate will be one of three new "featured players" starting Saturday, Sept. 30, when Ryan Gosling hosts the season premiere. However, the good news is that the Peacock Network perennial gained Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd for the fresh season.

Finally, rapper-comedian Redd has appeared in projects like SNL alums the Lonely Island's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Netflix original series Disjointed.

Are you excited to see how these three newcomers fit in with the veteran cast members?

Saturday Night Live announced on Tuesday their latest crop of Not Ready for Primetime Players, and Chicago comedy hounds will recognize a couple of familiar faces among the lineup: Chicago native Chris Redd and Luke Null.

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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. Auditions were held over the past month in the city, as well as Chicago and Los Angeles, Deadline reported.

Gardner had lately been working as a writer and voiceover character on the animated comedy series SuperMansion and performing with the Groundlings, the L.A. comedy troupe whose alumni includes hilarious people such as Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, and Melissa McCarthy.

NBC is also adding seven new writers for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, including Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Sam Jay, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Nimesh Patel and Claire Freidman.

Null has been based in Chicago, where he was a "musical comedian" and did improvisational comedy at iO Chicago (formerly "ImprovOlympic"), an improv theater and training center, according to entertainment news websites.