Fresh Blood on SNL

Now that Tina Fey is going back to her regular day job and Amy Poehler is off playing mommy, Saturday Night Live has found a couple of new fresh faces to add to the hilarity: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins.

Elliott is the daughter of onetime Letterman sidekick Chris Elliott and granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott (of Bob and Ray fame), so you can say she has it in her blood. She recently played at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater — the improv group co-founded by Poehler — as well as trained with Los Angeles’s Groundlings Theater, reports.

Watkins also comes from the Groundlings Theater — as did such past SNLers as Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman and Kristen Wiig. In addition to numerous one-off TV gigs, she enjoyed a three-episode arc on The New Adventures of Old Christine.

The two will make their debut this weekend, when Paul Rudd hosts. Let’s give them a warm welcome, shall we?

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