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SNL adds Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Noel Wells to cast

Mar 25, 2015

NBC makes official one of the most sweeping changes to the show in its 39-season history. 

Lorne Michaels has made his decisions. Now it's time for them to make us laugh, and in doing so, make themselves stars.

A statement released from NBC on Monday morning has made official what was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter -- that Beck Bennett, Kyle Mooney, John Milhiser and Noel Wells have been added to the Saturday Night Live cast this season as featured players. Also joining the cast is Mike O'Brien, who has been part of the writing team for the past four seasons.

But wait -- there's more. Brooks Wheelan, a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, was a late decision and has been added as the sixth new featured player, in one of the most ambitious casting overhauls in the show's history. The news was first reported by the New York Times on Sunday.

According to sources at his showcase audition, Wheelan openly admitted to not being able to do characters and jokingly wondered what he was doing there. But the show has a long history of casting stand-ups -- including Norm Macdonald, Colin Quinn and Chris Rock -- and Michaels saw in Wheelan enough charisma to warrant a spot in front of the camera.

The Times also reported that Cecily Strong, who joined the show in 2012, will join Seth Meyers for a coveted spot on the Weekend Update desk. Michaels said in an interview that he hoped Meyers would stay with the show past February, beyond the debut of his Late Night gig.

Scribes Colin Jost and Rob Klein will take over head writer duties from Meyers. And Tim Robinson, who joined the cast as a feature player last season, will move behind-the-scenes to the writers room.

The venerable NBC laugher enters its 39th season on Sept. 28, with Tina Fey as host and musical guest Arcade Fire.

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IFC orders Garfunkel & Oates series

Mar 25, 2015

IFC announced this morning that they've ordered a new TV show from musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. Made up of comedians Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates), Garfunkel and Oates began as a live act in 2007 and the duo's web videos have become viral successes. The show, also called Garfunkel and Oates, will debut sometime in 2014 and the first season will consist of 10 episodes. Here's the plot description:

Garfunkel and Oates will spotlight the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices - singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs - leaves them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding.

A pilot for the show was ordered in the spring, but the series pickup was announced today. Garfunkel and Oates will be produced by Childrens Hospital co-creator Jonathan Stern's production company Abominable, which also makes Childrens, NTSF:SD:SUV, Burning Love, and more.

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Juliet Seniff named amongst Marie Claire's "New Guard"

Mar 25, 2015

[email protected]: The New Guard 

What does it take to earn a spot on our New Guard? Contacts, lots of them. But even that's only half the story. The women on this list are all masters at converting introductions into opportunities. In their respective fields and beyond, they are hugely influential for their valuable ability to connect—startups with financiers, writers with producers, candidates with voters. Got your own grand plans for world domination? Get to know the impressive women of The New Guard and make it happen. 

The Laugh-meister: Juliet Seniff

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Claim to fame: Right hand to Mike Farah, president of production for Funny or Die, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's viral video comedy site. 

Bragging rights: Trained at L.A.'s Upright Citizens Brigade-the West Point for sketch comics-where she still has a monthly show. 
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