SATURDAY Night Live is enjoying its 47th season on the air on NBC.
The popular comedy show has aired on NBC since 1975. But how many cast members are there on the show?
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Who are the SNL cast members for season 47?
There are 21 performers in the current SNL lineup.
They include, in alphabetical order:
- Aristotle Athari: Athari is a new member joining season 47 of SNL. The Los Angeles comedian, actor, and director has appeared in five episodes of Silicon Valle and directed How to be Broke.
- Aidy Bryant: Bryant has a slew of enchanting characters, including on the recurring Girlfriends Talk Show sketch and Carrie Krum on Weekend Update.
- Michael Che: Che is one of the show’s head writers and is co-anchor of Weekend Update with Colin Jost.
- Pete Davidson: The 27-year-old talented stand-up comedian is the youngest member of the cast and the first to be born in the 1990s.
- Mikey Day: Day, who originally joined the show as a writer, is known for playing many characters, including Donald Trump Jr.
- Andrew Dismukes: Dismukes joined the cast in 2020 after serving as a writer for several seasons.
- Chloe Fineman: Fineman is known for her impressions, and her popular Instagram feed @chloeiscrazy was featured in the Wall Street Journal.
- Heidi Gardner: In her fifth season of SNL, Gardner comes from the Groundlings main company in Los Angeles and has wowed SNL audiences with such characters as Instagram influencer Landis Trotter.
- James Austin Johnson: Nashville native, comedian, and actor Johnson appeared in the Coen Brothers’ feature Hail, Caesar!, Hulu’s Future Man and Amazon’s The Last Tycoon. He is a new member joining season 47 of SNL after going viral for his master Trump impersonation.
- Punkie Johnson: It’s the second season for the comedian, actress and writer. Johnson made history as the first out Black queer woman cast on the show.
- Colin Jost: Jost serves as head writer and has been co-anchor of Weekend Update since 2014. He married actress Scarlett Johansson earlier this year.
- Kate McKinnon: McKinnon, whose iconic performances include her portrayal of Rudy Guliani, won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 and 2017.
- Alex Moffat: The New York-based actor, stand-up, and writer is known for his impressions of Eric Trump and Mark Zuckerberg.
- Kyle Mooney: He gained recognition for his digital shorts Miley Sex Tape with Miley Cyrus and 420 with Seth Rogen.
- Ego Nwodim: A mainstay at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, she is in her third season on SNL.
- Chris Redd: Redd is an actor, writer, stand-up comic, and rapper who received the Emmy Award in 2018 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song Come Back, Barack.
- Cecily Strong: Strong is known for an impressive lineup of strong impressions, including for Judge Jeanine Pirro and Melania Trump.
- Kenan Thompson: The versatile Thompson is in his 18th season with impressions that include The Reverend Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey, and David Ortiz.
- Melissa Villasenor: In her fifth season, her impressions include Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, and lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
- Bowen Yang: Yang is a comedian, writer, and actor based in New York who is the co-host of the podcast Las Culturistas and its live show, I Don’t Think So Honey.
When did SNL launch?
Saturday Night Live hit the airwaves on October 11, 1975.
George Carlin was the host and musical guests were Billy Preston and Janis Ian.
The original cast featured Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman.
Who is Lorne Michaels?
The 76-year-old Michaels is the Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live.
SNL is the longest-running and most Emmy-nominated weekly late-night television program in tv history.
Michaels’ 91 Emmy nominations is the most ever for an individual, and he has personally won 18 Emmys as a writer and producer of television.
In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
When does Saturday Night Live air?
Saturday Night Live airs every Saturday night at 11:30 pm on NBC.
Kristen Wiig hosted the final show of 2020 on December 19 with musical guest Dua Lipa.
The season will continue with new episodes in January of 2021.