Jon Rudnitsky, Stand-Up Comic, Joins 'Saturday Night Live' as Featured Player

by Daniel Arkin /  / Updated 
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Jon RudnitskyCourtesy of SNL

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Well, isn't that special: "Saturday Night Live" is adding a fresh face to its lineup.

Jon Rudnitsky, a 25-year-old stand-up comedian from New Jersey, will join the long-running sketch series as a featured player, NBC said in a statement.

Jon Rudnitsky
Jon RudnitskyCourtesy of SNL

Rudnitsky won the 2012 Laugh Factory Laugh Bowl, a college comedy contest, and participated in this year's New Faces showcase at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival.

He built a following on YouTube with parodies of "House of Cards" and "True Detective."

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Rudnitsky hails from Harrington Park, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Southern California, NBC said.

Season 41 premieres on Oct. 3 with host Miley Cyrus. Amy Schumer makes her hosting debut on Oct. 10, and former cast member Tracy Morgan returns on Oct. 17.

Morgan has been recovering from a traumatic brain injury after a June 2014 car wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. He returned to television this year in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer.

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