Posted in comedy | tour dates on July 16, 2014

by Arielle Gordon

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Sometimes, too many cooks in the Saturday Night Live kitchen can lead to legendary casts, unforgettable sketches, and the distinctively young comedic energy for which the NBC show is known. And sometimes, it just leads to a lot of people standing around with nothing to do. That's what the most recent season (#39) of the legendary sketch program felt like to many, and the numbers back up this sentiment: many cast members, especially new recruits brought on last season, seemed to barely be on the program at all. When even Lorne acknowledged SNL was in need of some serious shakeups, it was only a matter of time until the chopping block came down.

The first victim? New York stand-up comedian Brooks Wheelan. As confirmed by Wheelan on his twitter account, he has been cut from the SNL cast after only one season

Other shake-ups include the departure of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, as well as longtime castmember Nasim Pedrad, who is leaving to join the cast of John Mulaney's new sitcom.

If you're already mourning the loss of Wheelan, perhaps you'll be comforted to find out that he's performing at Union Hall on July 28. Aptly titled "Brooks Wheelan Falls Back on Stand-Up Comedy," this show promises to be a valiant return to Wheelan's stand-up career and, at the very least, perhaps a place to hear juicy Lorne Michaels gossip. Tickets are on sale now.

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Comments (31)

the cast was too big, the opening credits took like an hour

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:17 PM

what a garbage show

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:30 PM

^ This. How 'bout firing ALL the writers if you can even call them that is ALL they do is write sketches based on imitations.

E.g. Say Kim Kardashian did something really stupid that was news all over for two weeks. SNL would do a skit about her/it. They have ZERO imagination.

Massive Headwound Harry > Funnier than SNL since Will Squirrel (what I call Will Ferrell) came on the show although you could argue it went downhill before his Quest For Fire face came onto the show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:38 PM

"That's what the most recent season (#39) of the legendary sketch program felt like to many, and the numbers back up this sentiment: many cast members, especially new recruits brought on last season, seemed to barely be on the program at all."

Get it together, BV.

Posted by Grammar Nazi | July 16, 2014 4:41 PM

SNL has sucked for so long I can't remember anymore when it was good

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:43 PM

^ This too.

I think the last time it was really good was the final season with Phil Hartman (RIP.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:46 PM

Brooks Whelan isnt even funny. Why are they covering his firing like he was Carlin? Saw him at The Stand two weeks ago. Not at all funny, he bombed terribly.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 4:59 PM

The three they fired already sucked. Agreed Brooks is not funny. Although, like the other commenters are saying, not being funny on SNL these days is par for the course

Always liked Nasim Pedrad though. Actually more like always thought she must be so fun to fuck.

Hope that Mulaney show is good.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:14 PM

sooo fun to fuck

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:19 PM

There were a bunch of guys who were seemingly interchangeable - Wheelan, the guy with glasses in those framily commercials, the guy from the phone commercials with kids (Beck something I think), the weird looking guy who is dating Cecily Strong, and then they went and hired a new guy to do weekend update, why not just use one of those fuddy duddies? Oh well, I dvr it and skip through, good luck Brooks

Is Noel Wells the full bodied woman?

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:27 PM

aidy bryant is killing it

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:30 PM

"SNL hasn't been funny forever" is the original "This band sucks now."

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:37 PM

SNL is mostly imitations which is bullshit cuz anyone could write a skit based on an imitation.

E.g. Rob Ford

Rob Ford going to every type of addiction group.

Rob Ford acting normally among a sea of crazy Toronto government workers.

Rob Ford on tour with his rock band.

Etc.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 5:57 PM

"longtime castmember Nasim Pedrad"?
longtime= 4 years?

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 6:56 PM

In this ever-changing world, 4 years is like a lifetime...

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 7:07 PM

It's basically the "Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon show", and everyone else is mostly forgettable.

Posted by teenageoldman | July 16, 2014 7:30 PM

brooks, fuck 'em, you'll be fine, the show is horrible anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 8:18 PM

I smell an episode of WTF coming up. This is like blood in the water for Marc Maron. "So back to Lorne...what did he say? Was he totally fucked? Did he mention me? Did he sat ANYTHING about me? So back to me."

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 9:11 PM

Maybe it's time for Lorne Michaels to fire himself?

Posted by ME | July 16, 2014 9:29 PM

Firing Whelan, Milhiser and Wells is what we call in the corporate world "addition by subtraction."

Posted by stipe | July 16, 2014 9:38 PM

usually when you have ZERO TALENT you really don't deserve to be on network TV

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 9:48 PM

Good tweet. Maybe if he was that funny on the show the wouldn't have let him go.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 10:51 PM

lotta haters in this thread, i've seen him do stand up and is consistently funny. Everyone who says this last season of snl wasn't good just watched the arcade fire cause its their favorite band and happened to watch a couple sketches

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 11:38 PM

Oh shut up with the "haters" crap, I don't hate the guy or anyone else on SNL, I just don't think he is or they are funny. 90% of their skits are imitations and they seem to just do skits based on what trends on Twitter, TMZ etc. or some real big story. Or Obama.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2014 11:51 PM

1138 "Haters" is a really idiotic word to use. SNL blows. It has for many years. You are lucky to see one barely funny skit per show. Most are just painful to watch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 1:36 AM

John Belushi is rolling in his grave

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 1:46 AM

lorne michaels should bring back the survivors from all previous seasons in order to rescue that show. it's been dead so long that rigor mortis gave way to rot 20 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 8:03 AM

Bummer about Nasim.So hot,so funny!

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 8:31 AM

How will he afford blow now?

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:20 AM

It makes sense that so many of you have opinions about SNL, considering any healthy and well-adjusted people would be out with friends on a Saturday night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 9:40 AM

this show hasnt been relevant since 1998

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2014 2:04 PM

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