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
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 returns to “Saturday Night Live” for his
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 returns to the “SNL” cast for her fifth
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 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
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
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.
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.
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 is returning to "SNL" for his
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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
is from Memphis, Tenn., and her birthday is Sept. 7.
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 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 joins to “Saturday Night Live” for his first
season as a featured player, after joining the show as a writer in the 39th
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 &
He is from Orange County, CA, and his birthday is March 20.
Alex Moffat joins to “Saturday Night Live” for his
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 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.