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Saturday Night Live Season 49: The Complete Cast List

SNL premieres on October 14—here are the new cast members and returning players who'll be onstage on at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and Peacock. 

By Samantha Vincenty

It's all happening! Saturday Night Live will return for Season 49 on October 14, 2023, following a slightly-shortened Season 48 and a subsequent period of even-greater-than-usual anticipation for SNL fans. Former cast member Pete Davidson will return to Host the premiere, with musical guest Ice Spice.

How to Watch

Watch Saturday Night Live Saturdays at 11:30/10:30c on NBC and next day on Peacock.  

Among the biggest additional questions: Which Season 48 cast members are returning for 2023-2024? And, of course, will there be any new faces in the cast?

We're here to answer those questions: First off, the entire cast from Season 48 is returning! Additionally, there's a new Featured Player joining: Standup comedian and actress Chloe Troast.

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Check out the SNL Season 49 cast below.

The cast of Saturday Night Live Season 49 pose together for a promotional shot

Who is in the Season 49 SNL cast? 

SNL Season 49 Repertory Players

Michael Che

Michael Che on Saturday Night Live

Michael Che co-anchors SNL’s "Weekend Update." The stand-up comic and writer was one of the show's head writers from 2017-2023 alongside Colin Jost.

Colin Jost

Colin Jost wears a gray suit with his hand touching his chin at his desk during the Weekend Update segment.

Michael Che is joined on "Weekend Update" by Colin Jost, who is currently the segment's longest-running anchor (replacing Seth Meyers' previous record). He started as a writer for the show in 2005 before joining the cast .

Weekend Update ft. Heidi Gardner

Mikey Day

Mikey Day on Saturday Night Live

Day began as a writer for SNL during the 39th season before joining the cast as a featured player in 2016. If you're a fan of the wildly popular "Haunted Elevator" sketch, otherwise known as the birth of Tom Hanks' David S. Pumpkins, you can thank Day (he co-wrote it with fellow skeleton Bobby Moynihan). 

Weekend Update ft. Bowen Yang, Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day and Cecily Strong

Chloe Fineman

Chloe Fineman in an SNL digital sketch

Both on the show and on Instagram, Fineman is known for her spot-on celebrity impersonations that include Britney Spears, Nicole Kidman, and Timothée Chalamet. 

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Heidi Gardner

Heidi Gardner on WWHL

Heidi Gardner is known for original characters like Carla, the Famous '80s Cocaine Wife, Angel, Every Boxer’s Girlfriend, and more she's showcased on "Weekend Update."

Ego Nwodim

Ego Nwodim at an SNL dinner party in front of a green background

Actress and seasoned improvisor Nwodim joined the cast in 2018. SNL work she's known for includes her Dionne Warwick impression and the character Lisa from Temecula, introduced in Season 48.

Weekend Update ft. Ego Nwodim

Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson during the Drug Commercial sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Thompson holds the title of longest-running SNL cast member of all time, with 20 years on the show under his belt. Without Thompson, we wouldn't have the iconic game show sketches "Black Jeopardy" and "Family Feud," where he performs a spot-on impression of Steve Harvey. And who can forget the delightful chaos that is "What Up with That?"

Kenan & Kelly

Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang poses during WWHL

Joining the show as a staff writer in Season 44, Bowen Yang has been an SNL cast member since 2019. Yang's made hilarious contributions in sketches and on "Weekend Update," with impressions like George Santos and characters like Chinese trade minister Chen Biao. He also co-hosts the popular podcast Las Culturistas with actor Matt Rogers.

Straight Male Friend

Andrew Dismukes

Andrew Dismukes on Saturday Night Live

Stand-up comic and writer Dismukes joined as a featured player in 2020, after starting as a writer in 2017.

Weekend Update: Andrew Dismukes' Amazing Animals

Punkie Johnson

Punkie Johnson on the red carpet at the American Museum of Natural History

Johnson is a stand-up comedian and writer who joined the SNL cast in 2020. She also appeared in the comedy film BOTTOMS in 2023.

Weekend Update ft. Bowen Yang, Punkie Johnson and Heidi Gardner

James Austin Johnson

James Austin Johnson on the red carpet for the White House Correspondents dinner

Part of the cast since Season 47, the astounding impressions Johnson has brought to the show include former president Donald J. Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Johnson was promoted from featured player to repertory for Season 49.