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Andrew Dismukes, UT Austin alum, joins ‘SNL’ cast

Eric Webb
Andrew Dismukes performs during the Stand Up Empire show at the Empire Control Room on Seventh Street in downtown Austin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

A University of Texas alum and presence on the Austin stand-up comedy scene has joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Andrew Dismukes, who’s already on the show’s writing staff, will become a featured player, the show announced Wednesday.

Dismukes is set to be part of the “SNL” cast when its 46th season premieres Oct. 3. He’s been a writer for the show since Season 43, according to Yahoo Entertainment.

A Port Neches native, Dismukes is an alum of UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film, according to the Moody College of Communication. He got his start in stand-up comedy at East Austin coffee shop Cenote and was runner-up for the Funniest Person in Austin contest in 2016.

The venue that hosted that contest, Cap City Comedy Club, recently announced it had closed permanently. Dismukes posted a tribute to the venue on social media, and he did the same for downtown Austin bar MugShots, which also is closing for good.

In addition to Dismukes, Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson also join “SNL” as featured players.

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