Mike Bruno
November 13, 2008 AT 08:08 PM EST

With new mom Amy Poehler out (and Maya Rudolph only showing up in the lamest sketches), Saturday Night Live has added two new female cast members: Michaela Watkins, who has done spots on The New Adventures of Old Christine and Californication, and Abby Elliot, whose part in the Upright Citizens Brigade is grossly overshadowed by the fact that she is the daughter of Chris Elliot. Seeing how most of us know very little of the work these two have done, I’m gonna just hold out hope that Elliot is half as good as her old man (see him at his finest in the clip below from the ill-fated Get a Life series). If you are one of the many (okay, probably the majority) of SNL fans who worry that Chris Elliot genes will mean she’ll be annoying, creepy, and unfunny, then please just move on. Nothing to see here.

Anyone know anything about the new cast members they can share? Is there any way SNL can fill the void left by Poehler and Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin?

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