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Chicago native Chris Redd may be the latest Saturday Night Live cast member to depart before Season 48

After five seasons as a cast member on NBCs Saturday Night Live, Chris Redd has announced he wont be returning once the show premieres new episodes on Oct. 1.

A Chicago native, he came up through the neighborhood comedy ranks as a stand-up comedian in addition to an improviser and sketch comedy performer at iO Theater in addition to Second City (where he could be a touring company alum), before joining SNL in 2017.

It didnt take for him long to tell apart himself on the show, both as a writer and a performer. Just a couple of weeks into his tenure, he helped create and co-starred in the R&B parody KEEP COMING BACK Barack, which may find yourself winning Redd and his fellow writers an Emmy for original music and lyrics.

From left: Kate McKinnon and Chris Redd through the Post Covid Game Show sketch on Saturday, April 2, 2022. (Will Heath/NBC)

His celebrity impressions during his time on SNL have included politicians such as for example U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and NY Mayor Eric Adams, and also pop culture figures including Kanye West.

Redd can be the co-creator and co-star of the extremely funny Peacock comedy series Bust Down, in regards to a band of friends working low-rent jobs at an Indiana casino. Later this season, he’s got a HBO Max comedy special coming called Chris Redd: Why Am I LOVE This?

News of Redds departure from SNL follows last weeks announcement of four new additions to the show, including one-time Chicago comic Molly Kearney, Marcello Hernandez, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.

When Season 48 premieres the following month, seven other familiar faces will never be returning aswell: Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseor, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athari.

Chris Redd attendsthe Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin at Saban Theatre on Sept.7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images for Comedy Central)

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