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SNL adds UNCG alumna Lauren Holt to cast

Lauren Holt ’13 graduated from UNC Greensboro with a degree in studio art, but according to her former professors, she was always a comedian.

“She brought a totally different mood to every class with her humor,” says School of Art Assistant Professor Leah Sobsey. “She kept us laughing.”

After college, Holt moved to Los Angeles and started paving the way for an onstage career. Now her biggest dreams are coming true.

Holt is one of the latest comedians to join the “Saturday Night Live” cast, which plans to launch its 46th season on October 3. In addition to the return of last season’s entire cast, she will be joined by newcomers Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes. The show announced the new cast members earlier this week.

The show plans to kick off with five consecutive episodes, an SNL first, according to news reports. 

Holt has been a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, and she is a founding member of their musical improv troupe, The Pickup. Her role as an exasperated mom in the short film “Parent Teacher Conference” earned her a best actress nomination at the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival. She has also starred in “The Filth”, a popular web series directed by her sister Jamie Holt ’10, a UNCG media studies alumna.

Lauren Holt, who is originally from Charlotte, will become the second UNCG alumna with SNL connections. Emily Spivey ’93 was a staff writer for “Saturday Night Live” from 2001 to 2010.

By Brittany Cameron

Portrait photo by Mandee Johnson Photography.

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