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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
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.