Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins Join SNL Cast

How Many SNL Comedians Does it Take to Replace Amy Poehler?

Two, in fact.

Abby Elliott (daughter of comedic actor Chirs Elliott) and Michaela Watkins will both join the cast of Saturday Night Live beginning this weekend.

With the inevitable Poehler/Fey as Clinton/Palin comparisons to come, it will be interesting to see if a post-election and pro-Obama SNL can be just as funny and, more importantly to the network, just as popular as it has been in recent months.

Tune in to NBC on Saturday night to see how the new cast members fare.

“Saturday Night Live,” feeling the loss of Tina Fey and now Amy Poehler, has added two women to its roster—Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins.

“SNL” bypassed Second City to find the pair, instead dipping into the talent pools of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the Groundlings Theater.Elliott, the daughter of onetime Letterman sidekick Chris Elliott and granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott (of “Bob and Ray” fame), is from Wilton, Conn. She worked at the improv theater founded by Poehler, L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She also trained at the Groundlings Theater in L.A. According to reports, she does impressions of Drew Barrymore and Chicagoan Joan Cusack.

Michaela Watkins was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and raised in Boston, NBC says. She is a Groundlings Theater alum as well, and has appeared on CBS’ sitcom “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” where she played Matthew’s girlfriend (right).

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