Jake Perlman
February 10, 2014 AT 11:07 PM EST

Back in September, Brooks Wheelan was announced as one of the six new cast members who would be joining Saturday Night Live for its 39th season. But for months before that, Wheelan was already in the middle of creating a “second a day” video for 2013.

The Iowa native was living as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles at the beginning of the year, surfing and skateboarding included. Wheelan chronicled his travels across the country performing before moving to New York at the end of August, providing a fun and unique perspective behind the scenes with his fellow cast members at SNL.

Check out a year in his life below:

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