Punkie Johnson is one of the newest SNL cast members and also the first black lesbian on the comedy series.

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NBC's Saturday Night Live returns on October 3rd with the comedian actor Jim Carrey plays former Vice President Joe Biden and three new actors.

Meet Punkie Johnson, Lauren Holt and Andrew Dismukes.

Punkie Johnson

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Punkie Johnson is a comedian and writer who has appeared on the shows Space forces, Corporate, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Adam Ruined Everything, and Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers.

Johnson was a makeover at the Just for Laughs Festival in 2019 and is regularly paid at the Hollywood Comedy Store. Johnson is also the first black lesbian to join the Saturday Night Live cast in the series' long 46-year history.

Lauren Holt


Lauren Holt in the short film Parent Teacher Conference.

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Lauren Holt is a resident artist with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. She was a founding member of the UCB's musical improvisation troupe The Pickup.

Holt is also an actor who appeared on the independent LGBTQ web series The Filth and the short Parent Teacher Conference. In 2015 she appeared in the music video for the song Til It Happens to You by Lady Gaga.

Andrew Dismukes


Andrew Dismukes is on camera at SNL this season after spending three years writing on the show.

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Andrew Dismukes is a stand-up comic that has been behind the scenes at SNL since its 43rd season. This will be his debut as an actor.

Dismukes was part of the New Faces Showcase 2017 at Just for Laughs Festival and has performed at other festivals such as Comedy Central's Colossal ClusterFest and the New York Comedy Festival.

See Dismukes perform in the finals of the 2016 Funniest Person in Austin Contest.

As an aside, SNL will also partner with comedy training programs at PIT, Second City, the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade to provide funding for a "scholarship program for students of various backgrounds to advance their comedy careers," NBC said in a statement on Wednesday.


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