Fall TV Preview

Report: SNL Eying AT&T Pitchman, Three Other Upright Citizens Brigade Members for Season 39

Saturday Night Live New CastmembersNBC’s Saturday Night Live, which a year ago recruited a trio of Second City vets (Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong and Tim Robinson) to freshen its cast, this season may add a quartet of Upright Citizens Brigade players.

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Per our sister site Deadline, AT&T pitchman Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney (who also perform with the sketch comedy group Good Neighbor), female impressionist Noël Wells and comedian John Milhiser (photo, far right) are being eyeballed to round out the Season 39 cast, which will be sans Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and, come early 2014, Seth Meyers.

Most recently, Upright Citizens Brigade gave unto SNL Bobby Moynihan and Kate McKinnon.

Among the new candidates’ calling cards, Wells, as noted above, apes many female celebs, including Zooey Deschanel (below), Kristen Stewart and (a disturbing) Mary Kate Olsen:

Mooney’s shtick includes aloof “man on the street” interviews (such as this one), while Milhiser appears to be a strong utility player able to fill any role. (His reel follows.)

Do any of these possible SNL additions look promising to you?

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  1. Jason says:

    Well, that chick is HILARIOUS. Sign her right now. And I can’t recall which of the current SNL players is the heavy-set girl, but she needs to be used more…..also hilarious.

  2. Mike McNamara says:

    Beck Bennett kills the deadpan host in those AT&T commercials and I would be very interested in seeing how he could do something like Weekend Update — though that’d be a pretty big task for a rookie.

    • scooby says:

      Beck Bennett’s the only reason to pay attention to those ads. I hope this means they’ll move on to a different campaign. Some of the lines the kids say are scripted and you can just tell who has the stage parent who made them do it a million times a certain way, thinking they’re the world’s greatest acting coach or feeling like they missed a career as the next Meryl Streep but their kid can bring it on home.

      • Bob says:

        Oh, scooby, your envy shines through brighter than the sun. Guess Mommy didn’t try hard enough to make YOU a star. Poor kid.

  3. ggny says:

    Beck Bennett would be PERFECT for SNL and to take over the News Desk from Seth SNL needs to make that happen

  4. Kim R says:

    Love the AT&T commercial guy. Excellent choice. :)

  5. J says:

    Beck Bennett is the perfect choice for SNL.

  6. SW says:

    Oh my gosh, John Milhiser is HILARIOUS!!

  7. Bonnie says:

    Love those AT&T commercials. I actually stop FF the DVR to watch them. I would love to see what he can do on SNL.

  8. The women of SNL is still my favorite and Noel Wells is destined to have a breakout success in Season 39 and I want to see more of her as she join the likes of its current female counterparts like Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Nasim Pedrad, Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer.

  9. Gina says:

    Beck Bennett was (very very briefly) in an episode of Arrested Development this last season and I got all excited when I saw the AT&T guy. He’s got my vote.

  10. Don’t know if Noel Wells’ Zooey Deschanel impression is better than Abby Elliott.

  11. Seanti says:

    Lorne Michaels, please hire Beck Bennett. And get his shirtless ASAP. kthnxbi

  12. nguber says:

    I see no people of color again. Are we really going to keep having Keenan playing all the black men/women and can we get some latina or asian blood on the show as well? I mean seriously.

    • unicornwasp says:

      Has SNL had more than 2 main cast members of color at the same time ever? And really? They’re going to continue the drought of no black women cast members? Lorne Michaels sucks.

      • Wylie says:

        If comedy is only worth watching when done by minorities, then how do you account for the consistently high quality of Monty Python’s movies and TV shows?

  13. hipper says:

    so many white people….

  14. Philip says:

    Also according to Deadline, Michael Patrick O’Brien, the guy that brought you “7 minutes in Heaven” (I don’t know why that ended so prematurely) is joining the cast as well.

  15. JT says:

    Milhiser looks the kid from the NBC show Camp.

  16. Aaron says:

    Beck and Kyle are hilarious. So proud of them in getting this far.

  17. JenInChicago says:

    Anyone else unable to watch the YouTube vids? They are categorized as “Private”.

  18. Winston says:

    The addition of Beck Bennett may be the only thing that can save SNL