Yes, Don Pardo has 3 new names to say!
With Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliot leaving Studio 8H, it was once again time to bring in fresh comedy blood. You’d probably already heard the rumblings about two new members, and today SNL has confirmed the two and added another, all with their backgrounds in Chicago comedy, home to names like Dratch, Sanz and Belushi to name a few. Let’s meet the new recruits!
Aidy Bryant hails from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in theater. She’s performed at Second City where she was in the ensemble for the E.T.C. theater’s ‘Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting)’ which won a Jeff Award. She’s written and performed productions at The Annoyance, performed with Baby Wants Candy wherein the team improvises entire musicals and iO with Virgin Daiquiri.
Tim Robinson came to Chicago from Detroit, Michigan where he had been a member of the Second City Detroit Mainstage for two years. He was also a member for Detroit’s Second City Touring Company. In Chicago, in addition to being a member of Second City’s mainstage, he’s a member of the iO teams ‘Cook County Social Club’ and ‘My Mans’, the former being praised for their commitment to “improv’s ‘affirm everything’ mantra”. He’s a father of two.
Cecily Strong got her theater degree at CalArts with a focus on comedy. She studied and understudied at Second City in Chicago (it’s mainstage and the E.T.C. stage) playing witness to the magical yearly visits from Lorne Michaels. She’s performed with the Theatricals, the national Second City touring company and has already performed with alongside Aidy Bryant with the iO team Virgin Daiquiri.
Today the first pitch meeting of the SNL season takes place. Today these new soldiers begin proving themselves not only as capable performers but team members, and come this Saturday night, they find themselves in the front lines. They are certainly qualified. It’s always exciting to see new people. The show thrives on change and when a new performer says their first line or gets their first laugh, who knows, you could be looking at the next comedy legend.
The 38th Season Premiere of Saturday Night Live airs this Saturday the 15th with Host Seth MacFarlene and Musical Guest Frank Ocean.
Chicago comedy represent!
Seriously, world, you’re in for one hell of a treat. I might actually keep up with SNL this season.
Jeff, Who Lives At Home was really good. Go see it.