Fall TV Preview

Saturday Night Live Adds Three Second City Vets

Looking to offset the departures of Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Abby Elliott and possibly also Jason Sudeikis, NBC’s Saturday Night Live has dipped three times into its Second City farm system.

With less than a week now until the long-running sketch series’ Season 38 premiere (to be hosted by Seth MacFarlane), SNL has added Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong to its ranks.

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Bryant (photo, far left) until late last month was a cast member of the Second City e.t.c. revue based out of Chicago, and she also has appeared in the iO (Improv Olympics) and Annoyance comedy troupes.

Robinson also counts Second City and iO among his credits, and last year was named as one of “30 Comedians Under 30 to Watch.”

Strong has performed as a member of the Second City National Touring Company and has studied at the iO Theater.

As mentioned, MacFarlane makes his debut as host next Saturday night with musical guest Frank Ocean. Other confirmed SNL emcees include Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Sept. 22, alongside musical guest Mumford & Sons), and James Bond himself, Daniel Craig (October 6, with musical guest Muse).