Comedian Jon Rudnitsky will be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live when the show returns on October 3rd, according to Deadline.com. The 25 year old Jersey born and raised comedian studied at USC’s Acting Conservatory program, where he won several comedy awards, including the John Ritter Memorial Award For Outstanding Comic Performance. He also won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Contest, and was one of Just For Laugh’s new faces in 2015.
His parody videos have generated millions of hits with his “The Jewish Hunger Games: Kvetching Fire” and “True Detective” parodies going over a million hits each.
Rudnitsky has a background in both stand up and sketch, and is the only name being added to the roster this year for SNL and so far is the only change made to the cast at all. According to Deadline, the Weekend Update team will remain as is for now, with Colin Jost and Michael Che sharing the chair, and no castmembers have left the show. At least not yet.
Congratulations to Jon Rudnitsky!
Season 41 premieres on October 3rd with host Miley Cyrus. Amy Schumer will host October 10th and Tracy Morgan will make his return to performing comedy on October 17th when he hosts the show.