The departures of Jay Pharoah, Taran Killam, and Jon Rudnitsky aren’t the only changes coming to Saturday Night Live next season – there are big changes in store on the writing staff as well. NBC has confirmed with us that going into their sixth season, writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider have been promoted to co-head writers for season 42.
This promotion is a super smart move for SNL considering Schneider and Kelly are responsible for some of the show’s most beloved sketches since they joined the show in 2011 like “The Beygency,” “Back Home Ballers,” the Emmy-nominated “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” and “Bar Talk” with Hillary Clinton, and Kelly’s critically acclaimed directorial debut Other People (starring SNL alum Molly Shannon) is set to debut in theaters next month. Judging by their consistent string of hit sketches over the years, it’s safe to say we can count on Schneider and Kelly to do a fantastic job guiding the show’s writers in the coming months. For more on Schneider and Kelly’s work, check out our interview with them here.