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Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!

Ashley Haggerty

2nd AP Story

Advanced Reporting

9/12/19

Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!

Saturday Night Live has added three new members to its cast for their upcoming season,

one of which has brought controversy to the conversation.

The three new members are Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis and Bowen Yang. The latter of

the three has broken barriers on the show by being the show’s solo Asian American performer.

Bowen first joined Saturday Night Live as a featured writer, and has been on the show

before portraying Kim Jong Un in a sketch in an episode hosted by Sandra Oh.

The show has received backlash for the complete lack of ethnic diversity in their cast, so

Yang is able to break down this barrier. Yang is also the first openly gay member

of the cast to appear on the show.

         Chloe Fineman is notable for her work with the improv company The Groundlings,

which is a noted “SNL” training ground. She is also known for the ace celebrity impressions that

she posts on social media.

         Shane Gillis has been a New Face at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and may be

recognized from Comedy Central Radio’s “The Bonfire.”

         These three new members were announced after the news Leslie Jones was leaving the

show after five seasons.

         The 45th Season of Saturday Night Live is scheduled to appear September 28. It will be

hosted by Woody Harrelson and a musical guest appearance by Billie Eilish.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/12/entertainment/saturday-night-live-bowen-yang-chloe-fineman-shane-gillis/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2019/09/12/snl-leslie-jones-out-but-meet-shows-three-new-featured-players/2300780001/

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