There’s a new face at studio 8H: “Saturday Night Live” has hired up-and-coming stand-up Jon Rudnitsky to be a featured player on the upcoming 41st season.
Rudnitsky is a 25-year-old stand-up from New Jersey, whose biggest claim to fame is winning the Laugh Factory’s college comedy competition back in 2012. Judging by the videos on YouTube, his roster of impressions includes Matthew McConaughey and Frank Underwood, as well as some original characters like a waiter who won't stop rambling.
While there’s not a ton out there about Rudnitsky, it's fair to assume that “SNL” is trying to capitalize on last season’s successful hire of Pete Davidson — another fresh faced stand-up who has infused his sketches with an offbeat, youthful sensibility often missing from the veteran sketch show.
So far, Rudnitsky marks the only new hire this year. In the wake of the 2013-14 season, which saw the addition of a whole bunch of new featured players (many who were culled at year’s end), it seems like Lorne Michaels has decided not to rock the boat too much going into the 41st season. We'll see how that goes when the show returns on October 3rd, featuring host Miley Cyrus.