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Andrew Dismukes, UT alum, goes from SNL screen writer to cast member this season.

The Saturday Night Live cast is getting a little bit of Texas flair with its new addition, UT Austin alumnus Andrew Dismukes.

Dismukes is entering his fourth year as a writer for the show and will now be featured as a cast member for season 46, along with new cast members Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson, SNL announced on social media.




A Port Neches native, Dismukes started his comedy career at an East Austin coffee shop Cenote. He performed his first set as a freshman and went on to host the weekly "Chortle Portal" comedy showcase in the Taos co-op. He was also the runner-up for Cap City Comedy's Funniest Person in Austin in 2016.

He performed around Austin until his last semester of college when he traveled to Los Angeles with the Wofford Denius UTLA Center for Media and Entertainment Studies.

Dismukes, a 2017 radio-television-film graduate, was discovered by his manager while performing a set at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. After he was signed as a client, Dismukes continued to work various standup jobs in California until he got a call from his manager asking him to fly to New York.

Then, he found himself standing on a stage in front of famous SNL producer Lorne Michaels.

"It's intimidating," Dismukes said. "You can hear the lack of laughter in your head."

But Michaels, among others in the room, must've found Dismukes funny because after a second audition, he was offered a contract from September to May on the show.


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