Saturday Night Live head writers Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider exit show
Just over a year after Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider became head writers on Saturday Night Live, the two have left the show, according to the credits at the end of Saturday’s season 43 premiere, which listed only Bryan Tucker and Kent Sublette as head writers.
Both Kelly and Schneider have been writing for the late-night series since 2011. They’re known for frequently teaming up with breakout stars Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant —”Every day we shoot the s— until we come up with something that makes us laugh,” Kelly previously told EW of working together — and writing some of the most notable pre-taped sketches, like last year’s “Bern Your Enthusiasm” and music shorts including “(Do It On My) Twin Bed” and “Back Home Ballers.”
This past March, it was announced that Comedy Central ordered a pilot from Kelly and Schneider about siblings whose younger brother suddenly becomes famous. At the time, it was reported the SNL creator Lorne Michales was signed on to executive-produce.
Earlier this year, Schneider wrote Master of None episode “First Date.” Kelly’s other writing credits include Broad City episodes, and he also debuted his first film, Other People, in 2016. The dark comedy, which he wrote and directed, stars Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons in a story based on Kelly’s own experience with his mother during her final days battling cancer before she died in 2009.
NBC did not immediately return EW’s request for comment.