Saturday Night Live cannot seem to hold onto its ladies these days. The show has, according to The Comic’s Comic, hired two new female cast members for the upcoming season, Upright Citizens Brigade alums Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad (though NBC won’t confirm any of this). Presuming it’s true — the show is notoriously tight-lipped about such changes until it actually hits the air — they’re the fourth and fifth women to be hired by the show in two years. (Casey Wilson two seasons ago, and Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins last season.) That’ll mean six of the 15 cast members are women — still not the 50 percent it theoretically should be, but a fair number. And the lack of equal numbers seems to stem, these days, directly from the success of SNL‘s past funny ladies: The standouts keep getting snatched up for primetime, a la Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see if either of the newest — or even the not-so-new Wilson, Elliott, or Watkins — manages to alleviate any of the workload carried by Kristen Wiig, who outpaces everyone, male or female, at the moment.

Could Slate or Pedrad be the next Fey, Poehler, or Wiig? All traces of Pedrad’s one-woman show, “Me, Myself, & Iran,” have been expunged from YouTube, but here’s some video of Slate (with writing partner Gabe Liedman):

What do you think, PopWatchers? Does Saturday Night Live need more women? Can the new cast members possibly live up to Wiig?

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Saturday Night Live - Season 42
Saturday Night Live

The original late-night comedy sketch show from the one and only Lorne Michaels.

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  • 47
  • TV-14
  • Saturdays at 11:30 PM
  • Lorne Michaels
  • NBC
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