Aidy Bryant

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Aidy Bryant
Born (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 27)
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Alma mater Columbia College Chicago
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2012-present

Aidy Bryant (born May 7, 1987)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, beginning in season 38.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bryant was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Her mother, Georganne (née Vinall),[3] owns a boutique called Frances in Phoenix[4] and her father, Tom, is a real estate agent, who comes from the Bryant Family, that owns Lane Bryant (a Plus Size Womens Retail Shop).[5] She has one brother.[6] She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005, where she did the morning announcements.[4] Bryant developed an interest in performing during middle school theater classes and summer camps, where she learned about improvisation.[7] Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.[7]

She graduated from the Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in 2009.[1][8] At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.[8]

Career[edit]

After Bryant graduated from Columbia College, she toured with the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy and was approached by Second City.[7] She has performed with iO Chicago, The Second City[9] and the Annoyance Theatre. She was a writer and ensemble member for both "Sky's the Limit, Weather Permitting" and "We're All In This Room Together" on the Second City e.t.c. Stage.[1]

Bryant made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012.[1][10][11] She was promoted to a repertory player during her second season on the show.

In 2013, Bryant appeared with a recurring role in the second season of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, playing the show's segment producer.

Bryant made a small cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

In 2014, Bryant, Eli Bruggemann, Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, and Kate McKinnon were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the "Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)". The music video sketch aired on December 21, 2013.[12]

Celebrity impressions on SNL[edit]

Recurring characters on SNL[edit]

  • One of the students in the "Shallon" (Nasim Pedrad) sketches
  • Morgan, co-host of Girlfriends Talk Show who always gets shunned or ignored by her friend Kyra (Cecily Strong) in favor of the guest[4]
  • Tonker Bell, Tinker Bell's half-sister whose father is a fruit fly.

Personal life[edit]

Bryant is dating comedian Conner O'Malley, who currently works as a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cast Bios". Aidy Bryant. NBC. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Metz, Nina (September 10, 2012). "Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong join cast of 'SNL'". Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ "Kenneth A. Vinall". Legacy.com. September 21, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Bartkowski, Becky (August 22, 2013). "Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant on Real Housewives Addiction and How Kristen Wiig's The Best". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Spotlight On … highlighting locals’ achievements". northcentralnews.net. August 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Georganne Bryant: Commit to a family day". azcentral.com. January 28, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Lawton, Claire (October 2, 2014). "Aidy Bryant's Made It Big on Saturday Night Live, But Phoenix Still Feels Like Home". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Alumna Aidy Bryant Joins SNL Cast". Columbia College Chicago. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Fallon, Kevin (October 31, 2014). "How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today. 
  11. ^ "‘Saturday Night Live’ adds 3 performers for upcoming season after departures of Wiig, Samberg". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). September 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Aidy Bryant". Television Academy. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Rackl, Lori (January 14, 2014). "‘Late Night’ heir Seth Meyers: ‘I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Chicago’ (VIDEO) - Voices". Chicago Sun-Times. Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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