With Election Gone, SNL Enters 'Rebuilding' Phase

Three new members join comedy show's cast
By Michael Roston,  Newser User
Posted Nov 21, 2008 3:14 PM CST

(Newser) – The election may be over, but SNL still has 14 episodes to fill. Lorne Michaels says the show will be in one of its periodic "rebuilding" periods, but he has much praise for three new faces. Here's the lowdown, from USA Today:

  • Abby Elliott: The daughter of former cast member Chris Elliott is only 21, but  Michaels says "her sense of humor was clearly there."

  • Bobby Moynihan: He looks like John Belushi, and Michaels says "he's the real thing." Like Elliott, he comes to the show from the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, co-founded by exiting cast member Amy Poehler.
  • Michaela Watkins — Michaels sees "intelligence" in the characters performed by this former Groundlings player. You might have already seen her in The New Adventures of Old Christine and Californication.