Comedy

'Saturday Night Live' adds 3 new players for 42nd season

Actor Mikey Day, star of the new comedy series "Kath & Kim" speaks to television critics at the NBC Universal Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 21, 2008.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser            (UNITED STATES) - RTR20EKW

Actor Mikey Day, star of the new comedy series "Kath & Kim" speaks to television critics at the NBC Universal Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 21, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES) - RTR20EKW

NBC said Monday that Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor will be on board as featured performers for the show's Oct. 1 season premiere.

Villasenor, of Whittier, California, will be one of the few Latino cast members in the history of the show, which has come under fire for a lack of diversity.

She's an impressionist and stand-up comedian who's appeared on the club and college circuit nationwide. Villasenor also performed with Mas Mejor, a comedy studio and network launched by "SNL" producer Broadway Video and aimed at finding new Latino talent.

Day, from Orange County, California, joined "SNL" as a writer in its 39th season and was a co-head writer and cast member on NBC's variety show "Maya & Marty."

Moffat is from Chicago and was a regular performer at iO Chicago and The Annoyance Theatre.

Last month, "SNL" said goodbye to two cast members, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. The long-running show is known for its changing slate of performers.