‘Saturday Night Live’ adds LA’s Ego Nwodim as featured player

“Saturday Night Live” has added Ego Nwodim as a featured cast member, NBC announced on Friday.

The move was among the few changes made to the durable sketch-comedy series, which is entering its 44th season this year. Luke Null, a featured player last year, will not be returning, while Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang will join the “SNL” writing staff. 

Originally from Baltimore, Nwodim is a graduate of USC and has been a fixture around L.A.’s improv incubator the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where she staged a one-woman show, “Great Black Women… And Then There’s Me.” She appeared on the “Comedy Bang Bang” podcast and in 2016 was part of a diversity showcase staged by CBS 

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