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'Saturday Night Live' adds six 'featured players'

From left, cast members John Milhiser and Henry

From left, cast members John Milhiser and Henry Dittman pose during the world premier of "Sketches From The National Lampoon" at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. (Feb. 15, 2013) Credit: AP

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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