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Meet SNL’s new cast: Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes



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Punkie Johnson is one of the newest members of SNL and also the first black lesbian in the comedy series.

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NBC’s Saturday Night Live returns to TV on October 3 with actor-comedian Jim Carrey plays former Vice President Joe Biden and three new cast members.

Meet Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes.

Punkie Johnson

Punkie Johnson is a comedian and writer who has been on the show Space strength, Corporate, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Adam Ruins Everything and Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers.

Johnson was a new face at the Just for Laughs Festival in 2019 and is a paid regular at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Johnson is also the first black lesbian to join the Saturday Night Live cast in the show’s long 46-year history.

Lauren Holt

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Lauren Holt in the short film Parent Teacher Conference.

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton / CNET

Lauren Holt is a house artist from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. She was one of the founders of UCB’s musical improvisation group called The Pickup.

Holt is also an actor who starred in the independent LGBTQ web series The Filth and the short film Parent Teacher Conference. In 2015, she appeared in the music video for the song Til It Happens to You by Lady Gaga.

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Andrew Dismukes steps in front of the camera this season on SNL after working three years as a writer on the show.

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Andrew Dismukes is a stand-up comic who has worked behind the scenes as a staff writer at SNL since his 43rd season. This will be his debut as a cast member.

Dismukes was part of the 2017 New Faces Showcase at Just for Laughs Festival and performed at other festivals such as the Comedy Center’s Colossal ClusterFest and the New York Comedy Festival.

Watch Dismuke’s appear in the final of the 2016 Funniest Person in the Austin Contest.

On a side note, SNL will also work with comedy education programs at PIT, Second City, Groundlings and the Upright Citizens Brigade to provide funding for “a scholarship program for students with diverse backgrounds to advance their comedy careers,” NBC said in a statement Wednesday.




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