By Danielle Zhu
Updated August 31, 2015 at 07:47 PM EDT

The 41st season of Saturday Night Live will return with a new face when stand-up comic Jon Rudnitsky joins the cast as a featured player.

The 25-year-old comedian grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, started doing open mics in N.Y.C. as a teen and attended USC’s BFA Acting Conservatory. In his senior year, Rudnitsky won the Laugh Factory’s Laugh Bowl College Comedy Competition, where he joked about coming out to his mom as straight after years of being raised gay.

No doubt Rudnitsky’s impression of Matthew McConaughey helped him impress the SNL producers. In this True Detective parody, Rudnitstky channels McConaughey as he gets interrogated by the the Academy: “Movies are just a series of nonsensical images to project a reality that does not exist.”

Straight Outta Compton has been dominating the box office, but what about Straight Outta Newport? Rudnitsky takes it upon himself to tell the important and inspiring story of Sugar Ray.

Rudnitsky also wrote and starred in The Jewish Hunger Games: Kvetching Fire about the struggles of fasting for 24 hours for Yom Kippur. Peeta Hummus, may the lox be ever in your flavor.

SNL premieres Oct. 3 with Miley Cyrus as the host.

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Saturday Night Live

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

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