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Chris Redd | Dimitrios Kambouris  Getty Images

Chris Redd | Dimitrios Kambouris Getty Images

Saturday Night Live has tapped three new featured players for its upcoming 43rd season, which premieres this Saturday (Sept. 30).

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Luke Null | Twitter

Saturday Night Live will welcome three new cast members when it returns September 30, as the iconic sketch comedy show tries to fill the void left by departing performers Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata. But perhaps more importantly, Redd was a scene stealing presence in last year's sadly overlooked but brilliant mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Originally from St. Louis, Redd has been working in Chicago's comedy scene for more than eight years, leading him to land spots on Comedy Central Stand Up-Presents and most recently Netflix's pro-marijuana show Disjointed. It has not yet been announced if these cast members will be promoted to repertory status in season 43.

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While Redd, Gardner and Null are relatively unknown to wide audiences, they bring stage experience and comedic chops to the sketch show. It might also help that Gardner has a role in the upcoming comedy Life of the Party, which stars Melissa McCarthy, a favorite host of SNL and an alum of The Groundlings as well. (Gardner is also cast in the upcoming McCarthy comedy Life of the Party.) Vulture rounded up a couple of amusing Gardner sketches here.

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Finally, we have one more comedian hailing from the middle of the country with Luke Null.

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For his part, Null is a musical comedian who has performed with iO Chicago, a Windy City-based improv company. The new writing recruits include Sam Jay (Take My Wife), Gary Richardson (The Chris Gethard Show), Erik Marino (The Hughleys), Andrew Dismukes (Call Me Brother), Claire Friedman (2016 MTV Movie Awards), Nimesh Patel (2017 White House Correspondents Dinner), and Steven Castillo (Becoming Red).

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