Nasim Pedrad is trading in her gig on one Lorne Michaels project and moving to another. The SNL actress has signed on to play the female lead in NBC’s Lorne Michaels and John Mulaney comedy pilot.
The pilot was created by, and starring, SNL writer Mulaney who has based the story loosely around events in his life. Pedrad currently holds the title for longest running female cast member on SNL (after the departure of Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliot). Pedrad will play the role of Jane, a sweet and intelligent grade school teacher who is less than thrilled about her job and does not always give 100%. Jane wants to make some big changes in her life but just doesn’t have the right motivation to do so.
Other cast members already signed on to the project include the legendary Martin Short, and Elliot Gould. The multi-camera comedy pilot will be executive produced by Univeral Television, Broadway Video and 3 Arts. SNL’s Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Dave Becky and David Miner will also be involved, and Mulaney will be penning the pilot.
So what does this mean for Pedrad’s gig on SNL? Should the pilot be picked up to series, Pedrad would have to leave her post on the late-night comedy sketch show, as would Mulaney. SNL may also be losing an additional long-time cast member to another NBC show if the rumours of Seth Meyers taking over Jimmy Fallon’ late-night post prove to be true.
Are you a fan of Pedrad on SNL? What do you think of the NBC comedy pilot?