NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish comedian Chloe Fineman will be one of the new cast members on “Saturday Night Live” for the show’s 45th season.
Fineman, who once jokingly described herself as “1/2 Wasp,” has a Jewish father. She joins a long line of Jewish comedians on the famed sketch show — Gilda Radner, Andy Samberg, Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman, to name a few. Lorne Michaels, the creator of “SNL,” also is Jewish.
On Instagram, she posted “OMG” with the names of the other newcomers: Bowen Yang, the show’s first Asian-American cast member, and Shane Gillis. Since the announcement Sept. 12, Gillis was dropped from the cast after videos surfaced in which he used slurs and offensive language, according to the New York Times.
Fineman is best-known for her celebrity impressions, including former Jewish presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, Meryl Streep, Drew Barrymore and first lady Melania Trump. (Watch her 2017 “SNL” audition tape here.)
Her father’s response on Instagram: “Proudest dad ever.”
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