Chicago, the comedy mecca, has yet again wrastled up three new sketch comics to perform on NBC’s long-running sketch show Saturday Night Live.
It has been confirmed by the network that Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong will join SNL for its 38th season.
These writer/performers have received degrees in comedy from the prestigious comedy theatres in Chicago including The Annoyance, Second City and ImprovOlympic. The three new members will fill the shoes of recently departed cast members Kristin Wiig, Andy Samburg and Abby Eliott.
I watched some of their videos to get a feel for their individual senses of humor and their work did not disappoint. Bryant plays with the form and content of comedy. My favorite of her videos was ‘Short Squeeze’ – a sketch about Kathy Kilty, a sweet, bordering on maniacal street masseuse. In one scene, Kilty approaches a “human man” on the street and forcefully massages him, saying, “Ditch the cancer stick and get with the Short Squeeze chick.”
Robinson seems to be an incredibly talented improv player. In an interview, he discloses that his best comedy is created when he is in the mood to have fun. I am excited to see what this guy will come up with!
Strong’s consistent spot-on performances in snarky, feminist sketches which critique contemporary women’s issues make me feel confident that women’s voices will be upheld during this election season.
Catch the 38th season premiere this Saturday with host Seth McFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean!
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