As a step in this direction, two new recruits, Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins, will join the show this week as players appear, NBC announced Thursday.
Elliott comes from “SNL” vertical through the Citizens Brigade Theater – improvement / design company co-founded by Poehler – where he trained and performed in New York and Los Angeles. She is a second generation of “SNL” cast member whose father, Chris Elliott, was a regular on the program during the 1994-95 season. (His grandfather, Bob Elliott, teamed for four decades with Ray Goulding in the comedy duo Bob and Ray.)
A native of Wilton, Conn., with the formation Elliott also based in Los Angeles Groundlings Theater.
Watkins is a fellow Groundlings alum, where past “SNL” players including Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Laraine Newman and current cast member Kristen Wiig has its beginning. Watkins was born in Syracuse, NY, and grew up in Boston.
Poehler, long time “SNL” regular, who is married to comedian Will Arnett, the last in the Oct. 23 prime-time special. She gave birth to a son, Archie Arnett, just hours before he was to appear in the broadcast Oct. 25