Saturday Night Live just received 14 Emmy Nominations for their 39th season. But unfortunately for this cast member, the celebrations came to a halt yesterday.
His cover photo is Springsteen's Born To Run. Coincidence?
Maybe the name Brooks Wheelan isn't ringing any bells for you. Does this help?
I've been trying to keep up with the new cast, which is very lady-heavy. No other season has had more female comedians, and I think it's great. Unfortunately for Brooks, he couldn't hit the mark.
Prior to his SNL offer, Wheelan was mainly a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles, whereas the other rookies were somewhat established improv actors with existing comedy credentials, like Mooney's Good Neighbor sketch show, or Cecily Strong's Second City background. Making the transition from stand-up to improv can be a pretty big leap.
I almost feel bad for the guy, but maybe it's for the best. He'll probably end up playing the "older brother" on some sitcom, which might be better than trying to compete with such a huge cast.
Regardless, he got the attention of Lorne Michaels, and gave it his best shot. That's more than most of us can say.
UPDATED Reports are coming out that other castmembers are on the ole Studio 8H chopping block. John Milhiser and Noel Wells reportedly haven't had their contracts renewed.
Staff writer turned feature player Mike O' Brien who is also known for his 7 Minutes In Heaven interview show may be going back to strictly writing for SNL. Nasim Pedrad (who was one of my favorites) may also be leaving to star in John Mulaney's new show on FOX. Let's face it, Lorne is firing everyone. He'll go on to star in every role in every sketch. It'll be great!