Saturday Night Live adds Latino comedian to cast
Marcello Hernandez, a Cuban/Dominican stand-up comedian, was recently added as one of four new cast members for the upcoming season.
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Saturday Night Live has announced four new cast members to help fill some of the void as seven of last season’s cast members announced their departure from the show.
Among the new additions is Marcello Hernandez.
A Cuban/Dominican stand up comedian, writer, actor and Miami native, Hernandez was selected earlier this year as a Just For Laughs New Face of Comedy.
Throughout his career, he has opened for headliners, ranging from Tim Dillon and Mark Viera, as well as SNL alums like Jim Breuer and the late Gilbert Gottfried, among others.
In addition to his comedic writing and acting career, he is also a host and creative director for Only in Dade, a Miami-based account with over 900,000 followers. Through the platform, Hernandez has interviewed a variety of celebrities, such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Nicky Jam, Mayor Francis Suarez, Ray J, and many others.
He is a graduate of John Carroll University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship & communications with a concentration in TV & screenwriting.
Hernandez is just the fifth SNL cast member of Latino descent to join the late night sketch comedy show’s cast.
The announcement of Hernandez’s addition to the cast comes roughly two weeks after Melissa Villaseñor, the show’s only Latina cast member, announced her departure from the show after six seasons.
In addition to Hernandez, the three other new cast members for the upcoming season are Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker — all of whom have roots in standup comedy.
Kearney will make history as SNL’s first nonbinary cast member.
A native of Cleveland and recent resident of Los Angeles, they were selected for Comedy Central’s “Up Next” showcase in 2019, and can also be seen in Amazon’s “A League of Their Own,” and Disney+’s “The Mighty Ducks.”
Longfellow is a native of Phoenix, and has been featured on Netflix’s “Introducing…” showcase, as well as NBC’s “Bring the Funny.” He was also selected as one of TBS’s “Comics to Watch” for the 2017 New York Comedy Festival.
Walker, an Austin native, was selected for the 2017 Comedy Central “Up Next” showcase, and has written for Freeform’s “Everything’s Trash,” and popular Netflix’s animated series, “Big Mouth.”
The new editions bring the SNL cast to 18 members — 12 repertory players, and six featured players.
The 48th season of Saturday Night Live will premiere on October 1 on NBC, and will also stream live on Peacock.