Saturday Night Live announced their new cast members for season 45 today, which included comedians Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis, and Bowen Yang.
Yang was hired as a writer on the show for season 44, but the announcement that he's moved on to being a cast member is making history as he is officially the show's first featured player of East Asian descent. He's well-known for his lip-syncing videos on social media and even appeared as Kim Jong Un in one of last season's sketches.
Fineman is known for her celebrity impressions which she posts to her Instagram page, and is recognized enough that celebrities like Jameela Jamil, Zoë Kravitz, and Emily Ratajkowski congratulated her in the comments following today's announcement.
Gillis, who is a stand-up comic and one half of Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast, is far from being congratulated on landing the gig. Instead, his past of using racist slurs is being brought to the forefront, and I'm not one to stray from the path and report otherwise.
SNL premieres September 29 with Woody Harrelson returning for his fourth time to host and Billie Eilish performing as the show's musical guest.
Chloe Fineman, Bowen Yang and Shane Gillisvia NBC