With the Megan Fox-hosted “Saturday Night Live” season premiere just weeks away, a rumor started circulating on Wednesday morning (September 2) that two new female castmembers had joined the show.
The Comic’s Comic reported that Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad, two largely unknown comedians, had signed on for the 35th season of “SNL.” There’s been no official confirmation from inside NBC or “SNL” that these two have joined the cast. But today, “SNL” vet Bill Hader confirmed to MTV News that Slate and Pedrad are in fact the newest castmembers.
“Yeah, we have two new castmembers,” Hader said in response to a question about Slate and Pedrad. “It’s gonna be cool.”
According to the Comic’s Comic report, Slate has performed all over New York, from a one-woman show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre to improv shows in the East Village and Williamsburg. The Iranian-born Pedrad (whose name this reporter must apologize for absolutely butchering on camera) staged a one-woman show in Las Vegas and has performed with the Groundlings.
Hader, hanging out with Anna Faris at Dylan’s Candy Bar to promote their upcoming animated film, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” seemed understandably reluctant to delve into greater detail about Slate’s and Pedrad’s roles on the show. But he did let us know that some new writers have also joined “SNL,” which premieres on September 26 with Fox as host.
“It’s gonna be a cool season,” he said. “We have the Thursday night shows [specials devoted to "Weekend Update"] which were a big hit last season. So it’s gonna be good.”
A representative for NBC would not confirm the news.