Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Television Tuesday: "Saturday Night Live," Lost a Lot of Cast Members Before This Latest Season

I enjoy, "Saturday Night Live." Some episodes (or whole seasons, frankly) are great and others are awful. The cast had gotten quite massive lately too, but a lot of folks are leaving or being laid-off/politely fired. We already knew about Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, and Pete Davidson dipping out of the show, but now Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, and Aristotle Athari are gone. All three have me bummed for various reasons.

Melissa Villaseñor rarely seemed to get good opportunities on SNL to showcase her amazing impressions, range of talent, and general weird vibe that could give us some wild sketches when she was able to break out. Alex Moffat often played the serious character or sleazeball and did a solid job at it. Aristotle Athari was a supporting cast member who basically never had an opportunity to do much outside of maybe two skits I remember him in (one where he sang a weirdly repetitive song and another time where he was a robot who did stand-up comedy during Weekend Update). I'm not sure who left and who was told to go, but I hope everything was amicable.

We lost two people SNL didn't really know how to utilize well and one person that was a solid cast member even if he lacked a particularly notable character. The show still has plenty of people in the cast and doubtlessly will have some new folks joining in this season as well. I just hope everyone who has left the show finds success in their future endeavors.

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