Saturday Night Live Gets 3 New Cast Members For Season 43

Camille Rivera
September 28, 2017

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd will join the show's cast as featured players, beginning with the Season 43 premiere hosted by Ryan Gosling and featuring musical guest Jay-Z on September 30.

Saturday Night Live is making some changes in front of and behind the cameras for Season 43.

"Saturday Night Live" said it would add three featured players to its cast, restoring the company to full strength after three members of the group left at the end of the long-running series 42nd season.

Fans who tune in this weekend may recognize Chris Redd who played Hunter the Hungry opposite SNL alum Andy Samberg's character in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, a 2016 rockumentary. The Second City vet has had prominent roles in Love, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, and Disjointed; his Comedy Central half-hour special premiered earlier this month as well.

Redd is certainly the most well-known of anyone in the new crop.

While Redd, Gardner and Null are relatively unknown to wide audiences, they bring stage experience and comedic chops to the sketch show.

Heidi Gardner comes equipped with Los Angeles' The Groundlings experience and is writer/voice actor of SuperMansion, a Crackle animated series.

Finally, we have one more comedian hailing from the middle of the country with Luke Null.

Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patel will be joining the staff headed up by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.

Null, described as a musical comedian, lives in Chicago and performs at the iO Theater, an improvisation theater and training center.

Jay-Z will be the musical guest for the season premiere Saturday (11:30 p.m., Channel 5, NBC).

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