Two weeks from the beginning of the 39th season, and in the midst of massive cast overhaul, "Saturday Night Live" Monday morning added six new featured players -- Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan. Keep in mind -- these are not technically repertory players, the core 10 cast members who will do the bulk of the on-screen work next season. Nevertheless, in these names lies the future:
-- Beck Bennett. Was on "SNL" last season, also Netflix's "Arrested Development" but you know him best from those AT&T ads, "It's Not Complicated." Background: A native of Illinois, veteran of standup and lots of work with Good Neighbor, a California comedy sketch troupe. (See clip below.)
-- John Milhiser. Was on "SNL" last season. Background: From Brooklyn, Works in the improv Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, his Serious Lunch comedy sketch group has had much attention, praise, from various late night shows.
-- Kyle Mooney. Worked on Good Neighbor comedy sketches. Background: California native, tons of exposure, especially on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," where he does hilarious and very bad man-in-the-street interviews. (See clip below)
-- Mike O'Brien. "SNL" writer, but also host of Hulu's "Seven Minutes in Heaven." (See clip below.)
-- Noel Wells. You know Wells as the Zooey Deschanel impersonator and not much else. She is not to be confused with Abby Elliott's "Bein' Quirky." (See clip below.)
-- Brooks Wheelan. Hired over the summer as a writer. Background: From Los Angeles, and Iowa. Has plenty of standup exposure, which doesn't sound right, but you get the idea. One of Comedy Central's ten to watch.
A quick look at each:
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