Nonbinary actor joins “SNL” cast for season 48

For the first time in the comedy skit show’s nearly half-century history, “Saturday Night Live” will feature openly non-binary cast members. Molly Kearney, a comedian and actor best known for her role as Fern Danley on Amazon’s “A League of Their Own,” will be one of the new cast members joining the show in its upcoming 48th season.

Kearney shared the news on his Instagram saying, “Meatbrick moves to New York!”

Kearney, who is based in Los Angeles, has been a longtime stand-up comic and helped create a monthly outdoor stand-up show called “The Big One.” They have performed countless shows and sets in Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities.

Although this will be their first season on the long-running New York City comedy show, it will be somewhat of a reunion for Kearney and one of the show’s other cast members. In June, Kearney was the opening comedy act for SNL’s Sarah Sherman, who joined the show for the first time in October 2021.

Kearney’s new role on the show comes months after the sudden departures of longtime cast members Kate McKinnon, Eddie Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson. Kearney will join the show along with three other new cast members, Devon Walker, who stars in “Big Mouth” and “Everything’s Trash;” write for Marcelo Hernandez, who has opened for Tim Dillon and Gilbert Gottfried; and Michael Longfellow, who has appeared on “Bring the Funny,” hosted by longtime SNL star Kenan Thompson.

Season 48 of “Saturday Night Live” begins Oct. 1 on NBC.

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