After Amy Poehler left SNL a few weeks ago to have her baby, there were only 2 female cast members left on SNL (Kristin Wiig and Casey Wilson). While many speculated that a new female cast member would be hired to replace Amy, it was just announced that Lorne Michaels hired not 1, but 2 new female SNL cast members!
The first new member is Michaela Watkins, who comes from the improv comedy troupe The Groundlings, the same place where Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Kristin Wiig, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, and Conan O'Brien got their start, so she's certainly in good company! Michaela has also been seen in her recurring role on the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Here is a clip of her on Old Christine:
The second cast member is Abby Elliot, who is the daughter of former SNL member Chris Elliot, who more famously played Amy's creepy brother Peter on Everybody Loves Raymond. He was very funny on the show, so hopefully she got his funny genes! Abby has done many shows at the Upright Citizen Brigade theater in Los Angeles, and is the voice of "hipster girl" on King of the Hill. Here is a collection of some characters and impressions that she does, which I imagine was her SNL audition tape:
(my favorite is Drew Barrymore at the end)
So, looks like 2 talented people! I can't wait to see how they do on SNL this Saturday night! Paul Rudd is hosting, so it's sure to be great! What do you think of the new cast members? Comment!