The fresh faces arrive following the departure of veteran cast members
Michael Patrick O'Brien, host of the Web series "7 Minutes in Heaven" and a writer for "SNL" since 2009, has been upped to featured player.
Also among the "SNL" freshman class is John Milhiser, a performer with the
The last addition to the cast is Brooks Wheelan, a stand-up comedian from Los Angeles recently named one of Comedy Central's "10 Comics to Watch."
Other changes in the season ahead include the addition of Cecily Strong to "Weekend Update," whose long-time anchor
The newbies will get their moment to shine Sept. 28, when Tina Fey hosts the show's season premiere along with musical guest Arcade Fire.