'SNL' adds 3 to its cast, including an Asian American comic

SNL Adds Shane Gillis, Byron Bowers and Chloe Fineman as Featured Players for New Season

'Saturday Night Live' Adds 3 New Cast Members, Including First Asian Star Bowen Yang

On the same day that NBC's Saturday Night Live cast its first-ever Asian cast member, a video has surfaced in which Shane Gillis, another of Season 45's new hires, uses racist slurs while critiquing Chinatown and its culture. He'll be joined by Chloe Fineman, a Groundling performer who was also a New Face at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and Shane Gillis, who was a New Face at this year's festival.

In addition to writing for SNL, Bowen appeared in a sketch last season as Kim Jong-Un and is also due to appear on Awkwafina's new Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens.

The new season will premiere September 28 with Woody Harrelson hosting and chart-topping pop star Billie Eilish set as the musical guest. Chloe has some skills in the impressions area and has acting credits that include "Search Party" and "Jane the Virgin".

Gillis was a New Face at the 2019 Just for Laughs.

The video appears to be from a podcast recording of Gillis' two-man show, which airs on the Bonfire on Sirius XM. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is scheduled to host on October 5 with musical guest Taylor Swift, and Stranger Things star David Harbour will host on October 12 with musical guest Camila Cabello.

Change is a constant at SNL, which is helmed by Canadian executive producer Lorne Michaels.

Looking forward to seeing how these 3 rookies are used when Saturday Night Live returns in two weeks.

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