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Taran Killam to Join Cast of 'Hamilton' on Broadway Following 'Saturday Night Live' Exit

by Raphael Chestang 12:40 PM PST, December 14, 2016
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Taran Killam will once again be performing live from New York!

The 34-year-old actor, who was let go from Saturday Night Live in August, will make his Broadway debut on Jan. 17 when he joins the cast of Hamilton as King George III.

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The musical-theater megasmash will see a total of five new principal cast members over the next few months. In addition to Killam, Alysha Deslorieux (as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), J. Quinton Johnson (as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Bryan Terrell Clark (as George Washington) and Anthony Lee Medina (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) will be added to the production.

While this marks Killam's first time on the Great White Way, he is no newbie to the New York City stage. Last year, the funnyman was seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in a concert staging of Little Shop of Horrors. Killam played the sadistic dentist, Orin.

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Killam has appeared in TV shows and movies like MADtv, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, 12 Years a Slave and The Heat, but he is perhaps best known for his six-year run on SNL. During his tenure on the NBC sketch comedy show, he played many original characters, including Jebidiah Atkinson, a cranky 1860s newspaper critic who only writes disparaging reviews. Atkinson lives in a time period shortly after Hamilton, but we can't help but wonder if that character prepared him at least a little bit for getting into his new role.

And Killam could have a busy year ahead of him as he will lead Showtime's new comedy anthology pilot, Mating, which centers on a recently divorced guy who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up.

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