Cecily Strong

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Cecily Strong
Born(1984-02-08) February 8, 1984 (age 30)
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
MediumTelevision, film
NationalityAmerican
Years active2012–present
GenresSatire/political satire/news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media/news media
InfluencesPhil Hartman
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live
 
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Cecily Strong
Born(1984-02-08) February 8, 1984 (age 30)
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
MediumTelevision, film
NationalityAmerican
Years active2012–present
GenresSatire/political satire/news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s)American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media/news media
InfluencesPhil Hartman
Notable works and rolesSaturday Night Live

Cecily Strong (born February 8, 1984)[1][2][3] is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is a repertory player and anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.[4]

Early life[edit]

Strong was born in Springfield, Illinois and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.[5] Her father, Bill Strong, worked as an Associated Press bureau chief.[6] She attended Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF) before eventually transferring to the Chicago Academy for the Arts where she graduated in 2002.[7] After high school she attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she graduated in 2006 with a BFA in Theatre.[8][9] After graduating from CalArts, she returned to Chicago where she studied at the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago.

Career[edit]

Strong performed regularly at The Second City and iO Chicago. She also appeared at the Chicago Sketch Fest, Chicago Just for Laughs, New York Sketchfest, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[9] In Chicago, Strong has also performed at the Goodman Theater, Bailiwick Theater, Mercury Theater, and with the all-female improv troupe Virgin Daiquiri.[10]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

On September 15, 2012, Strong made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live.[9][11][12] On September 15, 2013, Lorne Michaels announced that Strong would be co-anchoring Weekend Update with Seth Meyers beginning with the season 39 premiere.

Strong's recurring characters include a ditzy, unnamed pseudo-activist known as "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party", Dana (one half of a pair of retail who always insult their coworkers out of fear of being fired), Kyra from "The Girlfriends Talk Show", and an unnamed blond former porn star-turned-model/commercial actress who hawks elegant items. Her celebrity impressions include Anjelica Huston, Fran Drescher, Jill Kelley, Khloe Kardashian, Lydia Callis, Lana Del Rey, Paula Broadwell, Megyn Kelly, Alanis Morissette, and Rachel Maddow.

Personal life[edit]

She grew up adoring SNL as a child, watching old SNL commercials on VHS frequently, "I had a tape of the best commercials, and I wore it out, every day." She has stated that she was inspired by Phil Hartman.[13] Strong is currently dating fellow SNL cast member Mike O'Brien.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther Notes
2012How to Sponsor a UterusKaren RigsbyShort film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther Notes
2012–presentSaturday Night LiveHerself, Various
2012Saturday Night Live Weekend Update ThursdayVarious2 episodes
2013The AwesomesVarious Voices9 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New SNL Comedian has shallow Springfield roots". Sj-r.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Twitter / nbcsnl: Happy Birthday Cecily Strong!!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Twitter / cecilybecily: @TheFrankenteena 1984. I'm". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  4. ^ Metz, Nina (September 10, 2012). "Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong join cast of 'SNL'". Chicago Tribune. 
  5. ^ "Cecily Strong to co-anchor SNL's 'Weekend Update'". Sj-r.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ http://www.sj-r.com/x1837085501/Cecily-Strong-to-co-anchor-SNLs-Weekend-Update
  7. ^ "Chicago Academy for the Arts - Chicago, IL - High School". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  8. ^ "CalArts Grad Cecily Strong Added to Cast of ‘SNL’ | 12-11-2012". SCVNews.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  9. ^ a b c "Cast Bios". Cecily Strong. NBC. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cecily Strong". Cecilystrong.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  11. ^ Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today. 
  12. ^ "‘Saturday Night Live’ adds 3 performers for upcoming season after departures of Wiig, Samberg". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). September 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Cecily Strong | Video | Late Night | NBC". Latenightwithjimmyfallon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  14. ^ Alessandro, Don (April 16, 2014). "Image". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Amy Poehler
Weekend Update Anchor with Seth Meyers
2013 – 2014
Succeeded by
Cecily Strong and Colin Jost
Preceded by
Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong
Weekend Update Anchor with Colin Jost
March 1, 2014 – present
Succeeded by
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