The upcoming season of Saturday Night Live will feature a couple of new cast members with significant ties to Cleveland.
The long-running NBC comedy show announced its four latest featured players on Thursday, welcoming Michael Longfellow, Devon Walker, Marcello Hernandez and Molly Kearney to the cast.
Two newcomers, Kearney and Hernandez, are connected to Northeast Ohio in different ways.
Kearney – now based in Los Angeles – was born and raised in Cleveland, according to their bio shared on Mic Drop Comedy and other comedy websites. Kearney recently returned to Northeast Ohio when they opened for Sarah Sherman (another SNL cast member) at a June 8 show at Mahall’s.
Hernandez went to school at John Carroll University, where he hosted a comedy show called Marcello Live. Episodes, like this one featuring Bill Squire, Gabriella Kreuz and the university’s a capella group, can be viewed on YouTube.
The comedian also worked as a production assistant for Cleveland’s Accidental Comedy Festival in 2017, and as an intern at Hilarities in 2018 and 2019, according to his LinkedIn profile. Most recently, Hernandez has been living and performing in Miami.
Tune in at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 for the premiere of the 48th season of SNL — and keep an eye out for these two as they get their big start in the show.
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