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Season 47 of NBC's comedy sketch series "Saturday Night Live" premieres on October 2.
Most cast members will return to Studio 8H, with the exception of Beck Bennett and Lauren Holt.
There are also three new featured players: Sarah Sherman, Aristotle Athari, and James Austin Johnson.
Thompson, a repertory player, is the longest-running "SNL" cast member of all time. He first appeared on the sketch series in 2003 when he was 25 years old.
McKinnon made her "SNL" debut mid-way through season 37 after former cast member Paul Brittain exited in 2012.
Now a repertory player, McKinnon is one of the veteran cast members on season 47.
Strong has been a regular at Studio 8H since joining the cast in 2012.
She had a one-season stint as the "Weekend Update" co-anchor with Seth Meyers in 2013, but stepped away from the desk shortly after Colin Jost took over as co-host the following year.
Now, she focuses on sketch work and impressions as a repertory player, while still making the occasional "Weekend Update" visit.
Bryant made her first "SNL" appearance on season 38 in 2012, moving from featured player to repertory player the following year.
Jost first wrote for "SNL" in 2005 before taking over for Seth Meyers on the "Weekend Update" segment in 2014.
Three years later, he became one of the show's head writers.
In 2017, he became the co-head writer for "SNL."
Mooney has been on the sketch comedy series since joining the season 39 cast in 2013. He was the only cast member to be promoted from featured player to repertory player ahead of season 41 in 2015.
At just 20 years old, Davidson joined the "SNL" cast for its 40th season in 2014.
The stand-up comedian has since become a fixture on the show as a repertory player, particularly well-known for his "Weekend Update" appearances.
Day kicked off his "SNL" career in 2013 as a writer for season 39 before becoming a featured player in 2016.
He was then promoted to the main cast ahead of season 44.
Villaseñor became the comedy sketch series' first Latina cast member when she was hired as a featured player for season 42 in 2016.
She graduated to repertory player in 2018.
Moffat was hired as a featured player for season 42 of "SNL" in 2016. The comedian became a repertory player two years later on season 44.
The comedian's second attempt proved successful, and he joined the cast as a featured player on season 43 in 2017.
Redd was promoted to repertory player two years later.
The "SNL" team welcomed Nwodim as a featured player on season 44. She rose in the ranks, becoming a main cast member ahead of season 46 in 2020.
Yang served as an "SNL" staff writer on season 44 in 2018 before becoming a featured player the following season, making the Chinese-American comedian the show's first Asian-American full-time cast member.
Ahead of season 47, Yang was promoted to repertory player.
Fineman made her "SNL" debut on season 45 in 2019. The skilled impressionist joined the main cast as a repertory player two years later.
Dismukes worked as a staff writer for the show in 2017 before getting hired as a featured player for season 46 in 2020.
Johnson, New Orleans-born stand-up comedian, began her "SNL" career in 2020 as a featured player on season 46.
Season 47 will be newcomer Athari's first time appearing on "SNL."
He previously played Gabe on "Silicon Valley" and appeared in the 2018 comedy special "Goatface" alongside Hasan Minhaj, Asif Ali, and Fahim Anwar.
Sherman, a stand-up comedian that performs under the stage name Sarah Squirm, is one of the three new featured players that will join the season 47 "SNL" cast.
James Austin Johnson
"SNL" hired Johnson, a comedian whose impressions of former US President Donald Trump have gone viral, as a featured player for season 47.
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