The Comics Comic website is reporting that at least 3 new cast members have been hired for the 36th season of Saturday Night Live, which premieres September 25th.
The first is Chicago-based improviser and sketch comedian Paul Brittain. Brittain is a performer and instructor at iO Chicago, appearing regularly onstage with house team Mike Helicopter and in recurring shows Challenger and Jim Paul Jet Paul. He has performed in shows and theaters throughout Chicago, and starred in his own one-man show as "Sex Ed."
Vanessa Bayer is a Cleveland native who also performs throughout Chicago and elsewhere, either via iO Chicago (with Harold team Revolver and puppet show Felt), Second City's Touring Company, the Annoyance Theater, and also doing stand-up at Zanies.
Finally, Taran Killam is a member of The Groundlings who has previously appeared on "Mad TV" and "Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out". Killam was also part of the Scrubs "spin-off" on ABC, "Scrubs: Interns", and is currently engaged to "How I Met Your Mother" actress Cobie Smulders.
Although the article doesn't specifically say so, one can assume these 3 are being hired as featured performers. With the recently announced departure of cast member Will Forte, this bodes well for one of the current featured players such as Bobby Moynihan or Abby Elliott to be promoted to full-time cast member.