'Saturday Night Live' cast power rankings
We analyze the current cast’s overall importance to the show
12. Nasim Pedrad
File under “writing on the wall”: Pedrad has recently been cast in “SNL” writer John Mulaney’s untitled comedy pilot, which is also produced by Lorne Michaels. That suggests two things: Michaels has great faith in Pedrad, but absolutely no idea how to use her on “SNL”. The absence of Kristen Wiig this season seemed to leave an opening, but it’s been one collectively filled by the newcomers in the cast rather than by Pedrad herself. There’s a reason we chose her as one of the most underrated cast members of all time. Even if the pilot doesn’t pan out, Pedrad’s time on the show seems to be coming to an end sooner rather than later.