Following an unexpected ending to its 48th season due to the WGA strike, Saturday Night Live announced Wednesday that it will premiere its 49th season next week and every cast member from the end of season 48 is returning to the show, along with one new face: Chloe Troast, a New York–based comedian.
Though Troast doesn’t have many screen credits yet, she’s a veteran of NYC’s comedy scene, and if her social media presence is any indication, she’ll be a hilarious addition to the show’s cast.
Here’s everything we know so far about SNL‘s newest cast member.
What has Chloe Troast been in?
Troast’s most notable on-screen work was on The Basics, a six-episode web series that she also co-wrote but she is no stranger to SNL. She previously worked alongside staffers Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihyin in their upcoming movie Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain, which is set to premiere on Peacock on Nov. 17. She’s also set to appear in the comedy Sweethearts on Max alongside Kiernan Shipka and Jake Bongiovi.
The comedian also frequently performs live at New York venues like the Public Hotel and the Slipper Room, often as her character Pepper Slit. At the former venue, she hosts the weekly comedy show Cherry alongside Moss Perricone and Auguste White. Guests of the show have included Rachel Sennott, Hasan Minhaj, and SNL‘s Andrew Dismukes.
Troast used to post videos on TikTok at the handle @caloetrust, but it appears that her account has been closed since securing her place on SNL.
Where is Chloe Troast from?
The New Jersey native attended NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Design, where she studied “Practice of Play,” which she described on LinkedIn: “From playground games to rule of law, from the First Folio to improv, we engage in the fundamental properties of play in nearly all facets of life. The theatrical practice of play helps garner these products and brings a new sense of purpose, spontaneity, surprise, cooperation, and discovery in the rehearsal room.” Troast minored in Middle Eastern Islamic Studies.
Why is SNL returning during the strike?
Though the SAG-AFTRA strike is still underway, SNL is permitted to return to air because it’s classified as a variety show, which means it’s covered by a different contract than the one currently being struck by the guild. The union released a statement Wednesday supporting the return, which reads “SAG-AFTRA members appearing on Saturday Night Live either as hosts, guests, or cast members are working under the Network Code agreement, which is not a contract we are striking. They are not in violation of SAG-AFTRA strike rules, and we support them in fulfilling their contractual obligations.”
Who else is going to be on SNL this season?
SNL‘s 49th season will see every cast member from the end of season 48 return to the show, including Michael Che, Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Punkie Johnson, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang. Last season’s featured players Sarah Sherman and James Austin Johnson have both been promoted to repertory players.
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