“Saturday Night Live” just got a whole lot funnier – with a little Chicago flair.
Joining several other comedians with Chicago ties on the hilarious show is improv artist and sketch performer Alex Moffat, a Second City alum who also grew up in the Windy City.
Moffat is known for his role in the 2015 indie film “Uncle John,” but his Chicago credentials include appearances at The Annoyance Theater in “Ripper the Musical,” “Good Little Winnetka Boy” and “El Show with Alex Moffat.”
Joining Moffat on the “SNL” cast is Mikey Day and Melissa Villasenor.
Day has been a writer for the hit show since Season 39, but will be making his debut as a castmember this upcoming season. Day also wrote and appeared in NBC’s sketch comedy pilot “Maya & Marty” this summer.
Villasenor is an impressionist and stand-up comedian. She’s worked on “Family Guy,” Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” and Comedy Central’s “Trip Tank,” and was also a top 16 finalist on Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.”
The latest additions to the iconic late-night sketch follow the departures of longtime stars Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah.
SNL fans were shocked this summer when it was announced Killam and Pharoah would both not be returning for the upcoming season after being released from their contacts a year early.Shortly after the news broke, it was revealed both stars were cast in lead roles in their own Showtime pilots, set to debut in 2017.
Also not returning is freshman Jon Rudnitsky.
Season 42 of SNL premieres Oct. 1 on NBC.