Friday, December 18, 2009

AASB: What cast member will leave next?

Ask Andy Samberg Blog: What cast member will leave next?

Andy, Kenan, Bill, and Jason were all in their 20s when they were hired. Abby (22), Jenny, and Nasim are all still in their 20s. So as SNL cycles out the older cast members, they'll probably keep brining in younger talent, just like they have been.

So the only difference from what SNL has already been doing (to get young blood on the show) is to cycle out cast members sooner, rather than waiting. The oldest cast members are Fred Armisen (43), Will Forte (39), Seth Meyers (36), and Kristen Wiig (36).

Will Will Forte or Fred Armisen leave next?

Fred and Will have been on for 8 seasons, Seth has been on for 9 (but he's only behind the WU desk), and Kenan has been on for 7. They've been on the longest. So probably Fred, Will, or Seth should go soon. Lorne hasn't let them go because they're so versatile and Seth's good at the WU desk (and the head writer). However, none of them are breakout stars (Fred and Will mostly just do impressions). Fred's Obama impression is the only thing that's keeping him on (and I don't find it entertaining). (That said, I think Fred has some hilarious imrpessions, and his Nicholas Fehn character is amazing.)

So Fred or Will would probably go next. I'd also be fine with seeing Kenan go (though I do love his new "What Up With That" sketches). Maybe Seth will pull a Tina or Amy and arrange a show to exit off to. Seth has been a WU anchor for 4 years. The longest anchors were Tina Fey (6 years) and Dennis Miller (6). So maybe Seth has another 2 years in him.



Anonymous said...

I see it like this:

they can't let keenan go because there's no other person who's black on the show right now and keenan does all the impressions of black people at the moment (even women).

they can't let seth go because he's head writer and king of weekend update. i think he's not gonna go on his own because seriously, what kind of show could he do? he can't handle a show on his own and at the moment snl is the best he can do.

oh aaaand.... who would replace seth? there's no one that could do weekend update right now. seth has the charme of chevy chase. now all he needs is a catch phrase.

if I had to choose betweet will and fred, I'd want will to stay. can't really tell you why, i just like him.

Ed Price said...


I agree completely. I also would prefer to see Fred go next, although I love his weekend update impressions.


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