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'Saturday Night Live' premieres Sept. 25 with alum Amy Poehler and musical guest Katy Perry

by jmaloni

Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah join cast

Tue, Sep 7th 2010 03:45 pm
Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope on `Parks and Recreation.` Poehler hosts the season premiere of `Saturday Night Live.` (photo by Byron Cohen/NBC)
Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope on "Parks and Recreation." Poehler hosts the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live." (photo by Byron Cohen/NBC)
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" kicks off its 36th season on Sept. 25 with Amy Poehler returning to studio 8H and musical guest Katy Perry. Making their debut on the "SNL" stage, Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah will join the cast as featured players.

Poehler, a former "SNL" cast member and three-time Emmy Award nominee, returns for her hosting debut. In addition to her eight years on "Saturday Night Live," Poehler currently stars in NBC's critically acclaimed comedy series "Parks and Recreation" and appeared in numerous feature films including "Baby Mama," "Mean Girls" and "Shrek the Third." She successfully launched an online series, "Smart Girls at the Party," and is one of the founding members of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade.

Perry, whose second album "Teenage Dream" is currently No. 1 on Billboard, will make her debut "SNL" musical appearance on the Sept. 25 season premiere. The new album has already yielded two smash hit singles --"California Gurls" was the biggest hit of the summer, while the title-track "Teenage Dream" is currently No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart.

Bayer joins the cast of "SNL" from iO Chicago, The Annoyance, and The Second City. Paul Brittain is a veteran of the iO Theater in Chicago, where he performed as a member with numerous improv and sketch groups. Killam hails from Los Angeles, where he established his comedy career as a main company member of The Groundlings, performing with numerous improv and sketch groups, and also appearing in The Groundlings' Sunday company. Originally from Virginia, Pharoah honed his performing skills in community theater and at local comedy clubs.

"Saturday Night Live" is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

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