Between American politics behaving like American Ninja Warrior, Hollywood finding itself in a daily Twitter Thunderdome, and the general feeling that we could all use a good laugh, Saturday Night Live's 42nd season could be the its biggest yet. But when the sketch comedy series returns in the fall, it'll be down two major players, an NBC press representative confirmed to Thrillist: Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam.
Killam, who ends his SNL run after six seasons, is known for characters like the 1860s newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson and Mokiki, guru of the Sloppy Swish. He regularly impersonated Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy, and spoofed Marco Rubio during the Republican primary this Fall. Pharoah, another six-season vet, was SNL's master of disguise, inhabiting Jay-Z, Will Smith, President Obama, GOP candidate Dr. Ben Carson, and series alum Eddie Murphy during his time on the show.