Lakota East High School graduate Luke Null will make his debut tonight at the newest cast member of “Saturday Night Live.”
Here are 5 things to know about the Butler County native:
Null graduated in 2008, where he was a star on the Lakota East stage, displaying his gift for humorous theatre in student productions at the local school.
The talent was there early, according to Lakota officials and his family.
Lakota East Theater director Rich Schmaltz described Null as a natural comedian who honed his craft through community theater after graduation.
“I am not at all surprised. Luke is living the dream he has had since he was a young actor,” Schmaltz said.
Null, 27, graduated from Ohio University, where he was a geographical information science major, according to his mother, Cindy Null.
“He has worked for marketing firms in Chicago,” she said.
Luke was also an Eagle Scout, who designed and built an outdoor education area still used at the Warren County school where his mother is a teacher.
“He has always wanted to be on ‘Saturday Night Live’,” Cindy Null, said.
“He started acting and being in plays in junior high … taught himself how to play the guitar and he actually spoke of it, saying he would love to be on ‘Saturday Night Live’,” Null said.
“He enjoys the limelight,” Cindy Null said. “He’s a ham and he holds court a lot of time during the (family) holidays with the cousins. He is very gregarious and he likes to put himself out there. I’m not surprised and I’m pleased for him.”
She’s jokingly modest about her own contributions to her son’s now meteoric career — “all I did was give birth.”
Luke Null had tried out for “Saturday Night Live” during open auditions in Chicago last year and was among the 20 finalists.
This time around, the “Saturday Night Live” talent scouts and show creator Lorne Michaels picked him and two others.
“Mr. Michaels called him and said ‘would you like to be part of the cast?’ ” Cindy Null said.