Saturday Night Live adds first non-binary cast member ahead of show’s 48th season

Saturday Night Live has added its first non-binary cast member.

Comedian Molly Kearney, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun he/she, will star in the upcoming 48th season of the sketch show.

The news comes amid a mass exodus of veteran cast members including fan-favorites Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon.

First: Saturday Night Live adds its first non-binary cast member

Comedian Molly Kearney, who identifies as non-binary and uses the they/them pronoun, will star in the upcoming 48th season of the sketch show;  featured in 2019

Comedian Molly Kearney, who identifies as non-binary and uses the they/them pronoun, will star in the upcoming 48th season of the sketch show; featured in 2019

‘Meatbrick moved to New York!!!!’ captioned Kearney, who eagerly shared her SNL headshot on Instagram on Thursday.

He is no stranger to television as he most recently starred as Fern Danley in Amazon’s series remake of the 1992 classic film A League of Their Own.

He has also appeared in the Disney+ comedy-drama series The Mighty Ducks, which was released in March 2021.

In 2019, Kearney was selected to perform at Comedy Central’s annual comedy showcase, Up Next. Comedians are sought for the show through a nationwide talent search.

Along with Kearney, NBC reported Thursday that three more comedians have been added to the roster.

Cast shakeup: The news comes amid a mass exodus of veteran cast members including fan-favorites Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon

McKinnon as seen on Monday

Cast shakeup: The news comes amid a mass exodus of veteran cast members including fan-favorites Pete Davidson and Kate McKinnon

'Meatbrick moved to New York!!!!'  Captioned Kearney, who eagerly shared her SNL headshot on Instagram on Thursday

‘Meatbrick moved to New York!!!!’ Captioned Kearney, who eagerly shared her SNL headshot on Instagram on Thursday

Just For Laughs New Face of Comedy honoree Marcelo Hernandez, NBC’s Bring the Funny star Michael Longfellow and comedy writer Devon Walker will make their SNL debuts this fall.

Saturday Night Live will return on NBC on October 1.

Earlier this month, Deadline revealed that recognizable SNL stars Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor and featured player Aristotle Athar would be exiting the show.

After the first departure of Pete Davidson, Eddie Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Kyle Mooney, their departure will significantly change the makeup of the cast.

New Class: Along with Kearney, NBC reported Thursday that three more comedians have been added to the roster, including Just for Laughs New Face of Comedy honoree Marcelo Hernandez.

New Class: Along with Kearney, NBC reported Thursday that three more comedians have been added to the roster, including Just for Laughs New Face of Comedy honoree Marcelo Hernandez.

coming soon!  Comedy writer Devon Walker will make his SNL debut this fall

coming soon! Comedy writer Devon Walker will make his SNL debut this fall

Hilarious: NBC's Bring the Funny star Michael Longfellow has been cast

Hilarious: NBC’s Bring the Funny star Michael Longfellow has been cast

Moffat and Villaseor both joined the SNL cast in 2016 as featured players, before joining the main cast of repertory players two years later.

Moffat was a regular guest on Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che as the Guy Who Just Bought a Boat, and he also played a particularly dim-witted version of Eric Trump.

He also briefly starred as President Joe Biden, before current featured player James Austin Johnson took the role.

Villasenor had fewer recurring roles, although she appeared in the show’s political sketches as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Out the Door: SNL Cast Member Alex Moffatt is Leaving the Show After Joining in 2016;  Seen in November 2021

Leaving: His costar Melissa Villasenor will also be leaving.  She debuted on the series at the same time;  Seen in November 2021

Out the Door: SNL cast members Alex Moffat (L), Melissa Villasenor (R) and featured player Aristotle Atari are leaving the series on Thursday, according to Deadline

Another happened: Athari joined the featured players in the fall of 2021, along with Johnson and Sarah Sherman, but they never got as much screen time as the other two;  Seen in November 2021

Another happened: Athari joined the featured players in the fall of 2021, along with Johnson and Sarah Sherman, but they never got as much screen time as the other two; Seen in November 2021

She has worked for years as an in-demand voice actor for animated shows, and her feature with strange voices was even used on SNL.

Villaseor, who telegraphed his departure by sharing memories from his time on the series earlier in August, is going on a stand-up tour starting in October.

Both comics joined the cast at the same time as Mickey Day, who is clearly sticking around.

Athari joined the featured players in the fall of 2021, along with Johnson and Sarah Sherman, but never got as much screen time as the other two.

So far, SNL and NBC have not commented on the latest round of departures.

Regulars: Moffat regularly played Guy Who Bought a Boat, Eric Trump, and even Joe Biden;  A still from SNL featuring Alec Baldwin

Regulars: Moffat played Guy Who Bought a Boat, Eric Trump, and even Joe Biden for a time as a regular; A still from SNL featuring Alec Baldwin

Moving on: Villasenor, who telegraphed his departure earlier in August by sharing memories from his time in the series, will embark on a stand-up tour beginning in October;  Seen with Cecily Strong (L)

Moving on: Villasenor, who telegraphed his departure earlier in August by sharing memories from his time in the series, will embark on a stand-up tour beginning in October; Seen with Cecily Strong (L)

Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant and Kyle Mooney previously left the series in the spring at the season 47 finale.

The new cast and return of stars are usually announced a few weeks before the start of the season, although the season 48 premiere date has not yet been announced.

Senior producer Lindsay Shookus, who had worked on the show in some capacity since 2002, also left the show earlier in August.

After being promoted to a full producer, he took over the talent department and was in charge of searching for future performers, as well as booking show hosts and musical guests.

Big Change: The departing trio of Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant and Kyle Mooney are leaving after the end of Season 47;  NYC in 2017.  Moffat and Villaseñor were pictured in

Big Change: The departing trio of Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant and Kyle Mooney are leaving after the end of Season 47; NYC in 2017. Moffat and Villaseñor were pictured in

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