SNL’s Chris Redd to star in new sitcom from Lorne Michaels

Chris Redd (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Chris Redd (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb) /

Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd is set to star in Bust Down, a new sitcom from executive producer Lorne Michaels. It was announced that the series has been picked up by NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service.

Redd joined SNL in season 43 (2017) after making a name for himself in stand-up comedy. He also  had roles in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Disjointed before landing a spot in Studio 8H. By season 45, Redd was promoted to a repertory player and has since become a bigger and bigger part of the show.

The comedian has clearly made a strong impression on his boss, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels. Michaels has tapped Redd to lead his new ensemble comedy Bust Down.

The series will air on Peacock and follows four casino workers as they try to make a name for themselves through some bad ideas. It is slated to consist of six episodes but no release date was announced. The cast also features SNL writer and comedian Sam Jay as well as Langston Kerman and Jak Knight.

Chris Redd’s already busy schedule is about to get even crazier

The announcement adds more work on Chris Redd’s already full plate. His stock has continued to rise at Saturday Night Live thanks to his “Weekend Update” characters, music video parodies, and ability to play both the absurd and the straight character in any sketch. It’s hard to imagine Redd walking away from SNL anytime soon.

Besides SNL, Redd can now be seen in the NBC sitcom Kenan starring fellow cast member Kenan Thompson. Redd plays Thompson’s brother in the series that debuted on Feb. 16 and received generally favorable reviews especially among fans.

To film Kenan, Redd and Thompson have been flying to Los Angeles at the start of the week and returning to New York City on Fridays for Saturday Night Live. It’s a hectic schedule to say the lease, especially in these times, but Redd and Thompson have remained sharp in their day (or night?) jobs.

Redd and Thompson are also set to appear in the upcoming biopic Spinning Gold about record executive Neil Bogart. Redd will play WBLS disc jockey Frankie “Hollywood” Crocker while Thompson will portray record executive and producer Berry Gordy in the film that stars Jeremy Jordan as Bogart and Samuel L. Jackson as George Clinton.

So expect to see a lot of Chris Redd on your screen whether it’s at the movies, on television, or streaming. The workload is well-deserved for one of Saturday Night Live‘s most talented performers.

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