After nine seasons on the long-running Saturday Night Live sketch-comedy series, Bobby Moynihan is departing the hit NBC show.
Moynihan has proven himself to be one of SNL’s strongest cast members since he joined in 2008 and has since become one of the most popular and recognizable comedians currently on the show.
The season finale of SNL this Saturday, May 20, with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry, will be Moynihan’s last episode as a cast member. After completing his seven-year contract on SNL, Moynihan scored a two-year extension and had previously planned to leave after this current season.
Moynihan takes his leave after his CBS single-camera comedy pilot, Me, Myself & I, was picked up to series and is now schedule to air on the network this fall.
On the show Moynihan will play Alex Riley, a lifelong inventor who is trying to get a glimpse into the future but to do so, must overcome his inventors block by turning to his past.
Me, Myself & I looks at the life of Alex over a 50-year span, focusing on three distinct periods of Alex Riley’s life: a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day and a 65-year-old in 2042. Moynihan will play Alex in present day with Jack Grazer playing young Alex and John Larroquette playing the oldest version.
The CBS pilot was penned by Dan Kopelman, Warner Bros. TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Dana Honor executive produces with Kopelman and Kaplan.
In addition to the CBS comedy, Moynihan voices the title character in the new Syfy series Happy, set to air in 2018.
Some of Moynihan’s most popular characters on SNL include originals Drunk Uncle and reporter Anthony Crispino, and impersonations of Newt Gringrich, Snooki, Guy Fieri and Ted Cruz.
We previously described Moynihan as part of the show’s bedrock, who provides a solid backbone to any sketch he appears in and is fully capable of stealing a scene with a one-liner or well-timed facial expression.
See where Moynihan falls on our list of the best SNL cast members of all time and watch one of his Drunk Uncle sketches below.