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NBC’s Saturday Night Live has four new cast members, the comedy show’s biggest influx of new talent since the mid-1990s. USA TODAY‘s Gary Strauss examines how the four are making their mark. (Read full article here)

Meet Kristen Wiig, 32

Before SNL: Was in sketch comedy group The Groundlings; guest starred on Drew Carey and I’m With Her. Also cast in two failed CBS pilots, My Life Incorporated and McGrubbers.

Making the cast: Tape of Groundlings’ sketches paved way for two auditions. Wiig made her debut Nov. 12.

Known for: Impersonating Megan Mullally and Judy Garland.

Being on SNL: “So far, its great. It’s fun and surreal.”

Personal: Attended University of Arizona. Lives in New York. Married to actor/comic Hayes Hargrove.

Outside work: “This is pretty much my life now.”

SNL producer Lorne Michaels says: “She has some really nice characters and funny impressions. She’s got real poise.”

© 2005 Gary Strauss, USA TODAY.