SNL Season 45 Adds Chloe Fineman, Shane Gillis, Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang

'Saturday Night Live' Adds 3 New Cast Members, Including First Asian Star Bowen Yang

Saturday Night Live has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts. Yang is one half of the runaway hit podcast Las Culturistas which has become a genuine cultural phenomenon.

The new season will premiere September 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest.

And from the world of sketch comes Chloe Fineman a Groundlings vet and a former New Face from Just for Laughs in 2018. Chloe has some skills in the impressions area and has acting credits that include "Search Party" and "Jane the Virgin". Gillis was recently recognized as a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs Festival.

The three newcomers join standing cast members Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwoodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and Melissa Villaseñor.

Several hosts for the new season have already been announced as well, including Woody Harrelson, Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Stranger Things star David Harbour, Kristen Stewart, and Eddie Murphy, who will to the SNL stage after a 35-year absence.

"SNL" is produced in association with Broadway Video.

Representatives for Gillis and NBC had not returned calls for comment by press time.

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