Here's the cast of 'Saturday Night Live' season 47

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The cast of "Saturday Night Live" season 46 in Studio 8H. NBC/Getty Images
  • 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.

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Kenan Thompson

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Kenan Thompson on season 46 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Kate McKinnon

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Kate McKinnon on season 46 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Cecily Strong

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Cecily Strong on season 41 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Aidy Bryant

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Aidy Bryant on season 45 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

Bryant made her first "SNL" appearance on season 38 in 2012, moving from featured player to repertory player the following year.

Colin Jost

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Colin Jost on "SNL." NBC / Getty Images

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.

Michael Che

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Anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che during 'Weekend Update' on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Che became an "SNL" staff writer in 2013 and stepped in front of the camera the following year, joining Jost on the "Weekend Update" segment as a co-anchor.

In 2017, he became the co-head writer for "SNL."

Kyle Mooney

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Kyle Mooney on season 44 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Pete Davidson

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Pete Davidson and Colin Jost on the season 46 finale of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Mikey Day

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Mikey Day on "SNL" in 2018. Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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.

Melissa Villaseñor

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Melissa Villaseñor on "Saturday Night Live" season 46. NBC/Getty Images

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.

Alex Moffat

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Alex Moffat on season 46 of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Chris Redd

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Chris Redd on season 46 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

After Redd's first "SNL" audition didn't land him a slot on the show, he tried out again.

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.

Heidi Gardner

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Heidi Gardner on season 46 of "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

Gardner was added to the season 43 "SNL" cast roster as a featured player in 2017. Two years later, she was bumped to repertory player for season 45.

Ego Nwodim

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Ego Nwodim, behind the scenes at Studio 8H, is a repertory player on "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Bowen Yang

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Bowen Yang played the iceberg that sunk the Titanic during a sketch on "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

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.

Chloe Fineman

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Chloe Fineman on season 46 of NBC's sketch series "Saturday Night Live." NBC/Getty Images

Fineman made her "SNL" debut on season 45 in 2019. The skilled impressionist joined the main cast as a repertory player two years later.

Andrew Dismukes

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Andrew Dismukes and Colin Jost on the "Weekend Update" segment of "SNL." NBC/Getty Images

Dismukes worked as a staff writer for the show in 2017 before getting hired as a featured player for season 46 in 2020.

Punkie Johnson

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Punkie Johnson on a season 46 "SNL" sketch. NBC/Getty Images

Johnson, New Orleans-born stand-up comedian, began her "SNL" career in 2020 as a featured player on season 46.

Aristotle Athari

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Aristotle Athari. Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

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.

Sarah Sherman

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Sarah Sherman. Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

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

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James Austin Johnson. Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

"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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