Los Angeles standup Brooks Wheelan is joining Saturday Night Live as a cast member this season, Lorne Michaels told The New York Times yesterday. Wheelan was announced as a writer for the show last month, but was ultimately chosen as the final new cast member. Today, NBC is expected to officially announce the other new cast members are Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Noël Wells, and Michael Patrick O’Brien, while last year’s featured player Tim Robinson will move to the writing staff.
Wheelan was a contributing writer at CollegeHumor, and last year, he was named one of Comedy Central’s 10 Comics to Watch. Even more prestigiously, he was on Splitsider’s list of up-and-comics back in January. Check out a couple of his sketches from Funny or Die and some of his recent standup below: