Who Are ‘Saturday Night Live’ New Cast Members Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null?

Saturday Night Live will welcome three new cast members when it returns September 30, as the iconic sketch comedy show tries to fill the void left by departing performers Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. Following months of auditions and tests, Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null have all signed on for the 43rd season of SNL, Deadline reported. 

The 43rd season kicks off with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay Z along with returning cast members including Kenan Thompson—who is back for his 15th SNL season—and "Weekend Update" anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che. Alec Baldwin, who made regular appearances last year with his formidable impression of President Trump, also will return as a guest performer. 

 

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

Redd is no stranger to improv, sketch or standup. Originally from St. Louis, Redd has been working in Chicago’s comedy scene for more than eight years, leading him to land spots on Comedy Central Stand Up-Presents and most recently Netflix’s pro-marijuana show Disjointed.

Gardner, who hails from Kansas City, was a performer with the Groundlings improv and sketch comedy group in Los Angeles. She also writes and performs voiceovers on Bryan Cranston’s animated series, SuperMansion, and she’ll be hitting the big screen for the first time for the 2018 movie Life of the Party. Gardner is set to play a role opposite of SNL guest star Melissa McCarthy, who recently won an Emmy for her portrayal of former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

A Cincinnati native, Null is a longtime vet of the Chicago comedy scene, formerly performing in the Newport Hounds comedy group. While his track record doesn’t boast as many credits as Redd and Gardner, Null has one thing over both of them—he wrote the compelling ballad "Clay Aiken Should’ve Won Season Two," which he’s performed at the country’s most prolific comedy center, the iO Theater.

Along with hiring three new cast members, the series will be adding a string of new writers including Sam Jay, Gary Richardson, Erik Marino, Andrew Dismukes, Steven Castillo, Claire Friedman and Nimesh Patal.

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