SNL Cast [2017] - Season 43 | Weekend Update Anchors

Vanessa Bayer

Vanessa Bayer

Vanessa Bayer is returning for her seventh season of "Saturday Night Live."
 
Bayer burst onto the scene during her debut season with her impression of Miley Cyrus in the wildly popular sketch "The Miley Cyrus Show." She has continued to wow audiences with her impressions as well as her recurring characters Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy and the ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring-pitchwoman Becky.
 
Bayer came to the cast of “SNL” from iO Chicago, the Annoyance and the Second City.  She starred in the acerbic puppet show "Felt" and the improv team "Revolver" at iO Chicago, wrote and performed in the Annoyance Theatre's "Swear Jar" and performed stand-up at Zanies.
 
Originally from Cleveland, Bayer received her degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. While in college, she interned at "Sesame Street" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and was a member of Bloomers, a storied all-female comedy troupe.
 
Bayer lent her voice to Universal Pictures' animated feature "Despicable Me 2" and stars in the web series "Sound Advice with Janessa Slater" that she co-created with her brother Jonah for Broadway Video's Above Average. She recently starred in the box office hit, “Trainwreck” alongside Amy Schumer. Bayer will next be seen in Susan Johnson’s independent feature, “Carrie Pilby,” as well as the Dreamworks feature “Office Christmas Party.” Bayer recently wrapped production on the indie film “The Polka King.”
 
Bayer currently resides in New York City. Her birthday is Nov. 14.
Beck Bennett

Beck Bennett

Beck Bennett returns to “Saturday Night Live” for his fourth season.
 
In addition to Bennett’s recurring fan-favorite character, “Office Boss,” a genius businessman with the body of a baby, he co-founded the Good Neighbor sketch group, which also features SNL castmate Kyle Mooney.  Prior, Bennett had been a regular writer and performer at UCB since 2007.  His past credits include an AT&T commercial campaign, the comedy film “Intramural” with fellow SNL cast member Kate McKinnon and indie film “Beside Still Waters” directed by Chris Lowell. He will lend his voice to the upcoming animated film “Sing.”
 
Bennett hails from the north suburbs of Chicago and currently lives in New York City. His birthday is October 1.
Aidy Bryant

Aidy Bryant

Aidy Bryant returns to the “SNL” cast for her fifth season.
 
Since her debut season, Bryant has entertained viewers with her slew of characters including the recurring "Girlfriends Talk Show" sketch and she received an Emmy nomination for the digital short “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.”  In 2015, Entertainment Weekly recognized Bryant with their fan favorite EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
 
Bryant began studying improv in her hometown of Phoenix. She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago while simultaneously completing the iO improv training program. An ensemble member of the Second City E.T.C. stage, she has also performed at iO Chicago and the Annoyance Theatre. Bryant additionally performed around the world with the musical improv group “Baby Wants Candy.”  Bryant has also appeared in “Broad City” and had recurring roles on “Girls” and “Horace and Pete.” Bryant’s short film “Darby Forever” released on Vimeo in 2016. She will next appear in Judd Apatow and Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick.”
 
Bryant resides in New York City and her birthday is May 7.
Michael Che

Michael Che

Michael Che returns for his third season as co-anchor of SNL’s "Weekend Update” alongside Colin Jost.
 
Named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Funniest People, Buzzfeed’s 50 Hottest Men in Comedy and Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, Che has been a writer on “SNL,” a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and has performed stand-up on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” His first comedy special was Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour,” which aired in 2014. He appeared alongside Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan in the 2015 film “Top Five.” When Che is not in front of the camera, he headlines comedy shows nationally and internationally. His first hour-long comedy special "Michael Che Matters" will premiere later this year on Netflix.
 
Che is a native of Manhattan and currently resides in the city. His birthday is May 19.
Colin Jost

Colin Jost

Colin Jost returns for his fourth season of “SNL” as co-anchor of "Weekend Update,” alongside fellow cast member Michael Che.
 
Jost joined the cast as “Weekend Update” co-anchor on March 1, 2014. Jost has been a writer at SNL since 2005 and served as co-head writer for three of those years.
 
Jost has won three Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his writing on SNL. He also wrote and starred in the Paramount/Netflix film, "Staten Island Summer," based on his days as a lifeguard growing up in New York. Che and co-anchor Colin Jost also hosted special editions of “Weekend Update” on MSNBC during the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions.
 
Jost is a Staten Island native and Harvard graduate. His birthday is June 29.
Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon

Emmy Award winner Kate McKinnon will return for her seventh season on NBC’s iconic late-night franchise “Saturday Night Live.”

McKinnon won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 and was nominated in 2017, 2015 and 2014. In addition, she earned a 2014 American Comedy Award for TV Best Supporting Actress and a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016.

McKinnon has entertained viewers with her critically acclaimed impression of Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as other notable impressions, including Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres. She is also known for her standout “Weekend Update” turns as artist Cecilia Giminez, Russian meteor witness Olga Povlatsky and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

McKinnon, who recently co-starred in the film “Rough Night,” has had leading roles other films, including Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters” and “Office Christmas Party,” with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. In addition, she has lent her voice to the animated feature films “Angry Birds,” “Finding Dory” and several series, including “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” She will next lend her voice in the animated feature “Ferdinand.”

McKinnon also co-hosted the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards with “Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani.  

McKinnon studied theater at Columbia University. McKinnon is a native of Sea Cliff, N.Y., and currently lives in New York City. Her birthday is Jan. 6.

Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan is returning to "SNL" for his ninth season.
 
Moynihan plays the fan favorite Drunk Uncle on “Weekend Update” as well as other original characters including Riblet, Kirby the Astronaut, and Anthony Crispino, a second-hand news anchor who reports anything but the truth. His impressions include Guy Fieri, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich.
 
Moynihan voices the role of "Panda" on the Cartoon Network animated series "We Bare Bears," and also voiced several different characters on Hulu's original animated series "The Awesomes." In addition he was a guest star on “The Simpsons,” a series regular on the PBS animated series "Nature Cat" and lent his voice to Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” His other television credits include HBO's "Girls", IFC's "Portlandia" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!"
 
His past film credits include “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Sisters,” “Staten Island Summer,”  Pixar's "Inside Out" and "Monsters University," "The Invention of Lying," "Grown Ups 2," and "When in Rome." He will next be seen in the upcoming films “Brother Nature,” opposite Taran Killam, “The Book of Henry” directed by Colin Trevorrow, and “Why We’re Killing Gunther” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 
Moynihan is a fixture at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, where he performs at the signature weekly "Assssscat" show. He is also a co-founder of the sketch group "Buffoons" with friends Charlie Sanders and Eugene Cordero.
 
Moynihan graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1999. He hails from Eastchester, N.Y., and lives in New York City. His birthday is Jan. 31.
Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong

Cecily Strong returns to “SNL” for her fifth season.
 
Strong earned rave reviews for her “Weekend Update” character “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party,” which Rolling Stone hailed as an “instant classic.” Her recurring character of a ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring-pitchwoman she plays alongside Vanessa Bayer also quickly became an audience favorite. Strong has co-hosted “Weekend Update” alongside both Seth Meyers and Colin Jost.
 
In Chicago, Strong improvised regularly at iO and served as an understudy for the Second City Main Stage and E.T.C. shows. She performed as a member of the Second City national touring company and has also appeared at the Chicago SketchFest, Chicago Just for Laughs, the New York Sketch Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
 
Strong appeared in Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters” as well as Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss,” “The Bronze,” and “The Meddler.”  Additionally, Strong headlined the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
 
Strong was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and has a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts.
Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson returns for his 14th season on "Saturday Night Live."
 
Thompson has made numerous contributions to the show with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz, and by playing memorable characters such as DJ Dynasty Handbag, the scathingly fierce co-host of "Deep House Dish," boisterous second wife Virginiaca Hastings, and “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean. Thompson has most recently garnered praise from audiences for playing characters Lorenzo McIntosh, a convict who uses "scare tactics" with delinquents, and D'Andre Cole, the disruptive singing talk show host on the wildly popular sketch, "What Up with That."
 
A native of Atlanta, Thompson made his television debut as a member of Nickelodeon's all-kid sketch comedy series "All That." He and his partner Kel Mitchell debuted on a spin-off show, "Kenan and Kel," in 1996. Thompson also had a recurring role on the WB's "Felicity."
 
Thompson showcased his voice talents as Greedy Smurf in the animated films "The Smurfs" and "The Smurfs 2."  His past projects include starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson in "Snakes on a Plane," "Wieners" and "The Magic of Belle Isle" with Morgan Freeman.  Thompson has also lent his voice to the animated comedy "Space Chimps," the television series "Sit Down, Shut Up" and the Kobe/LeBron Nike puppet campaign during the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Other feature film credits include "Fat Albert," "D2: The Mighty Ducks," "Good Burger" "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Heavyweights," "My Boss's Daughter," "Barbershop 2," and “They Came Together.” He was the voice of Austin “Impresario” Sullivan in the Hulu animated series “The Awesomes” and will also lend his voice to the upcoming film “Rock Dog.”
 
Thompson lives in Florida and New York City with his wife and daughter. His birthday is May 10.
Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson

Stand-up comedian Pete Davidson returns to “Saturday Night Live” for his third season.
 
At 21, Pete is the youngest member of the current cast, as well as the first SNL cast member to be born in the 1990s. Davidson was named by Variety as one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2014,” and made headlines as one of the featured comedians on the Comedy Central’s 2015 “Roast of Justin Bieber.”Pete also shot his first one hour stand up special this year for Comedy Central.
 
Davidson is from Staten Island, N.Y., and his birthday is Nov. 16.
Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

In 2017 Leslie Jones was named one of the 2017 “TIME 100,” Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. Leslie was hired by SNL in 2014 as a writer and quickly gained popularity after a memorable on-air appearance during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment as herself.  She has been a cast member since 2014. Now in her third season, Slate praised Jones as “smart, talented, and utterly hilarious” and noted, “Jones is a fiercely independent performer who’s brash and unapologetic riffs can ruffle feathers – a welcome risk.”

Leslie starred in Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters,” alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon. Her other film credits include Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” and “Masterminds.”  She also lent her voice to the animated film “Sing.” In 2016, Jones joined Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock and Whoopie Goldberg in a sketch for the Oscars, reimagining an Oscars montage starring black actors.

Jones is from Memphis, Tenn., and her birthday is Sept. 7.

Kyle Mooney

Kyle Mooney

Kyle Mooney returns to "Saturday Night Live" as a cast member for his fourth season.
 
During his first season, Mooney gained recognition his digital shorts “Miley Sex Tape” with Miley Cyrus and “420” with Seth Rogen. He has also contributed his signature man on the street interviews.  In addition to co-founding the Good Neighbor sketch group, Mooney has been a regular writer and performer at Upright Citizens Brigade since 2007. He starred in the HBO series "Hello Ladies” and the show’s movie adaptation “Hello Ladies: The Movie” opposite Stephen Merchant and appeared on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."  Kyle also appeared in the feature films “Zoolander 2,” directed by Ben Stiller, and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.”
 
Mooney studied film at the University of Southern California. He is from San Diego and currently lives in New York City. His birthday is Sept. 4.
Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata returns to "Saturday Night Live" for her fourth season.
 
Zamata has wowed audiences with her impressions of Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Solange Knowles and her recurring character Janelle, a naïve teenager with a dance vlog. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in drama, she moved to New York in 2009 and began performing improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Zamata’s web series “Pursuit of Sexiness” was named one Variety's Top 10 Web Series in 2013, while Cosmopolitan name her one of “14 Funny Women to Watch” in 2014. Zamata is a stand-up comedian and performs live all over the world.  She appears in the 2016 movies “Sleight” and “Yoga Hosers” and will appear in the upcoming films “The Outdoorsman” and “Deidre And Laney Rob A Train.” She also serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights.
 
Zamata is from Indianapolis and currently lives in New York City. Her birthday is May 6.
Mikey Day

Mikey Day

Mikey Day joins to “Saturday Night Live” for his first season as a featured player, after joining the show as a writer in the 39th season.
 
Day was a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was a co-head writer and cast member on NBC's "Maya & Marty."
 
He is from Orange County, CA, and his birthday is March 20.
Alex Moffat

Alex Moffat

Alex Moffat joins to “Saturday Night Live” for his first season.
 
Moffat was a regular performer at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre. Moffat is from Chicago and attended Denison University.
 
His birthday is March 25.
Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor joins to “Saturday Night Live” for her first season.
 
Villaseñor is an impressionist and stand-up comedian who has headlined more than 100 clubs and colleges around the country.
 
She hails from Whittier, CA. Her birthday is October 9.
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