Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong to join SNL

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Tim Robinson Photograph: Michael Brosilow

We heard the same rumors on (who were kind enough to name check us in their post) last Friday that you may have, but we wanted to wait to be sure. This morning we received confirmation from Second City that Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong will join the cast of SNL which begins its 38th season September 15. We're thrilled for all three and for the national recognition this continues to bring to the city's esteemed comedy scene.

Bryant first caught our attention in 2010's Swear Jar, Mick Napier's first sketch revue for the Annoyance, which also featured current SNL cast member Vanessa Bayer and also Bryant's longtime boyfriend Conner O'Malley. We loved Bryant, especially in a scene where she plays a sleepover guest who is dealing with her first period. Bryant recounted for us, for a recent oral history we compiled for the Annoyance's 25th anniversary celebration, what it was like working on that scene. You can read her remarks here. More recently, Bryant joined the Second City e.t.c. for two revues including Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting) and We're All in this Room Together in which she brought down the house as a country-western singer with an all ex-husband band. I'm already sad I'll never see her perform that scene again. Bryant also played with iO team Virgin Daiquiri.

Robinson is probably the best known locally of the three. Most famously, he is part of the iO cult favorite Cook County Social Club, a dream-team quintet of improvisers that includes Mark Raterman, with whom he created the Comedy Central pilot My Mans which the network eventually declined. In a 2012 blog post I described Robinson as a recent Second City favorite of mine for his work in the Mainstage shows Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies and South Side of Heaven. Robinson is a brilliant improviser who plays fast, loose and unexpected. I'm not the least bit suprised SNL has picked him and I think he's going to become an important face around there.

Cecily Strong is less on my radar as she has been touring lately. She has performed with Second City Theatricals aboard the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship and also with the Second City Touring Company since 2011.

I'm very proud of all three performers, as well the ones that were flown out and not cast. Hopefully, Lorne Michaels knows he always has a hefty bench to choose from here in Chicago.

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