3 New Cast Additions at ‘SNL’ Include Show’s 1st Latina, Melissa Villaseñor

The cast for the 42nd season of “Saturday Night Live” rounded further into shape on Monday with the official announcement of three new cast members: Alex Moffat, Mikey Day and Melissa Villaseñor.

The news comes in the wake of some veteran departures from the “SNL” cast, including Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam. As was rumored last week, Mikey Day, who has written for “SNL” since 2013 as well as the NBC variety show “Maya and Marty” will now be joining the cast as featured performer.

Moffat has roots in Chicago as part of the city’s Second City improv scene prior to moving to L.A. Villaseñor is a stand-up comic who was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and creator of multiple short online videos of her impressions, which include Owen Wilson, Gwen Stefani and Zooey Deschanel.

The new season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres on Oct. 1. Hosts and musical guests for the series’ 42nd run have yet to be announced.

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