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Chris Redd            

Actor, Stand-Up Comedian & Former "Saturday Night Live" Cast Member

Chris Redd is an American comedian and actor. He was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 2017 to 2022. He began as a featured player in season 43 and continued to appear as characters such as Kanye West, Katt Williams, Lil Wayne, Cory Booker, Steve Urkel, Mahershala Ali and more.

Redd briefly pursued a career as a rapper, but switched to sketch comedy after discovering that he enjoyed improvisational comedy. Redd joined the comedy group The Second City, and was a member of its touring company. He moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to further pursue an acting career, and made his film debut as Hunter the Hungry, an underground rapper, in the 2016 mockumentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping." Redd co-starred in the 2017–2018 Netflix comedy series "Disjointed," in which he played the role of Dank, a stoner.

In 2018, Redd won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for writing the SNL song "Come Back Barack," which lamented former president Barack Obama's departure from the White House. Redd and Gardner were promoted to repertory status in 2019, ahead of SNL's 45th season.

Redd's debut stand-up comedy album, "But Here We Are," was released by Comedy Central Records in March 2019. As of February 2021, Redd co-stars in the comedy television series "Kenan," alongside his SNL castmate Kenan Thompson.

In June 2020, Redd and fellow The Second City alumna Lisa Beasley raised over $360,000 on GoFundMe to cover the medical costs of racial justice protestors who had contracted COVID-19. After The Second City CEO Andrew Alexander resigned during the same month over allegations of institutional racism within the group, Redd and 18 other black alumni and current employees signed an open letter calling for an independent investigation into the allegations.


Chris Redd Is Latest Cast Member to Leave 'S.N.L.' - The New York Times
Redd, who contributed impersonations of Kanye West and Mayor Eric Adams, is leaving “Saturday Night Live,” where four new featured players are joining the show.

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