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"Saturday Night Live" is reshuffling a bit behind-the-scenes before Season 44 starts.

That's nothing new. And in this case, only one new cast members is being added. (That wouldn't be enough for Chevy Chase.)

Ego Nwodim is joining the cast as a featured player starting with Season 44's premiere next Saturday, Sept. 29.



According to Variety, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in biology (!) and has been a regular cast member at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. Vulture added that she was also named a New Face at Just for Laughs in 2016, and has made a handful of appearances on CollegeHumor as well as TV shows like "2 Broke Girls," "Do You Want to See a Dead Body?" and "Living Biblically." Nwodim has also been featured on podcasts including Comedy Bang Bang, Hollywood Handbook, and Spontaneanation.

SNL also added four new writers to the team: Bowen Yang, Alan Linic, Alison Gates, and Eli Mandel.

Michael Che, Colin Jost, and Kent Sublette remain co-head writers.

Mikey Day, Melissa Villaseñor, and Alex Moffat were all bumped up to full cast members, after previously being featured players. Chris Redd and Heidi Gardner will return as featured players, but Luke Null has left the building.

"Saturday Night Live" starts Season 44 Saturday, Sept. 29 with Adam Driver returning as host, and Kanye West back as musical guest.



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