NBC’s Saturday Night Live returns to television on October 3, featuring actor-comedianand three new cast members.
Meet Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes.
Punkie Johnson is a comedian and writer who has appeared on the shows, Corporate, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Adam Ruins Everything and Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers.
Johnson was a new face at the Just for Laughs festival in 2019 and is a regular at the Hollywood Comedy Store. Johnson is also the first black lesbian to be part of the Saturday Night Live cast in the show’s long 46-year history.
Lauren Holt is a performer with the house Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. He was a founding member of the UCB music improvisation company called The Pickup.
Holt is also an actor who starred in the independent LGBTQ web series The Filth and the short film Parent Teacher Conference. In 2015 she appeared in the music video for the song Til It Happens to You by Lady Gaga.
Andrew Dismukes is a stand-up comedian who has been working behind the scenes as a writer on SNL staff since his 43rd season. This will be his debut as a cast member.
Dismukes was part of the 2017 New Faces Showcase Just for Laughs Festival and performed at other festivals such as the Colossal ClusterFest of Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival.
Watch Dismukes perform in the finals of the 2016 Austin Funniest Person Contest.
On the other hand, SNL will also work with comedy training programs at PIT, Second City, the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade to provide funding for “a scholarship program for students from diverse backgrounds to advance their careers. comedy, ”NBC said in a statement Wednesday.