1. Saturday Night Live writer Michael Patrick O’Brien will be joining the cast as a featured player this fall, and three others are rumored to have been hired, Dateline reports. O’Brien has been a writer on the show since 2009.
O’Brien performing improv with Saturday Night Live cast member, Aidy Bryant.
2. O’Brien spent years perfecting his comedy skills at Chicago’s iO and Second City theaters. He last appeared on the show during Justin Timberlake’s opening monologue on March 9, 2013.
O’Brien as the doorman in Justin Timberlake’s “Five-Timer’s Club” monologue, a role played by Conan O’Brien in the original ’80s sketch.
3. He also wrote this sketch.
4. O’Brien hosts the popular web-series “7 Minutes in Heaven,” in which he interviews celebrities and comedians in a closet.
5. The other four featured players are rumored to be: Kyle Mooney, Noël Wells, Beck Bennett, John Milhiser.
6. All four are performers at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in Los Angeles, and have popular web videos to his or her name. Here’s one from Beck Bennett.
7. And a Step Up parody from John Millner, “Clap It Up.”
8. Noël Wells is known for her character work; here is her reel.