Aidy Bryant

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Aidy Bryant
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Bryant in June 2015
Born
Aidan Mackenzy Bryant

(1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 32)
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active2012–present
Spouse(s)
Conner O'Malley (m. 2018)

Aidan Mackenzy Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian. She is best known as a cast member on the late-night variety series Saturday Night Live, beginning in season 38.[1] For her work on the series, she has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[2] Other work includes a starring role on the sitcom Shrill and a voice role on Danger & Eggs.

Early life[edit]

Bryant was born on May 7, 1987 in Phoenix,[3] the daughter of Georganna (née Vinall) and Tom Bryant.[4] Her mother owns a boutique called Frances in Phoenix.[5] Bryant is of English, Irish and German descent.[6] She has one brother.[7] She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005, where she made the morning announcements.[5] Bryant developed an interest in performing during middle school theater classes and summer camps, where she learned about improvisation.[8] Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.[8]

She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in 2009.[9][10] At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.[10]

Career[edit]

Aidy Bryant and Mike Birbiglia

After Bryant graduated from Columbia College, she toured with the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy and was approached by Second City.[8] She has performed with iO Chicago, The Second City[11] 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.[9]

Bryant made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012.[9][12][13] 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.[14] Bryant also made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[15] She has made guest appearances on programs such as Broad City, Documentary Now!, The Awesomes, and Girls. In 2016, Bryant had a recurring role as Alice in the Louis C.K. series Horace and Pete. In 2017, Bryant provided the voice of main character D.D. Danger on the animated series Danger & Eggs.[16]

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.[17] She won the award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2015 EWwy awards which honor performances that were snubbed by the Emmys.[18] In 2018, Bryant received a nomination at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[19]

In 2019, Bryant starred in the Hulu series Shrill. After Bryant became involved with Shrill, as a co-writer, co-executive producer and as the main character, there was a question of whether she would return for the 2019-20 season of Saturday Night Live.[20] As of February 11, 2019, Bryant plans to continue acting on the show.[21]

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 a cooler guest[5]
  • Tonker Bell, Tinker Bell's rude-mannered half-sister whose dad is a house fly
  • One of the actors in a dramatic High School Theater production, who attempt to make broad points about society's issues
  • Lil' Baby Aidy, a characterization of herself in the show's all-female music videos (so called because she was the youngest [the "baby"] of the current female cast)
  • Melanie, a flirtatious young teen with a romantic spark for mature gentlemen—said gentlemen being her friends' fathers
  • An unnamed girl who appears in porno movie scenarios and is oblivious to their sexual nature (in Hot for Teacher 8, she tried to ask her teacher, Miss Dayworth (Amy Schumer), for help on the unspecified assignment; in The Doctor Is In...My Butt 4, she thinks Dr. Rockhard (Adam Driver) is a real doctor, and in Skank Babysitter 17, she thinks her babysitter Miss Jasmine (Heidi Gardner) invited a pizza delivery man (Chance the Rapper) over for dinner).

Personal life[edit]

Throughout her adolescence, Bryant dealt with self-esteem issues related to her weight.[20] Acting and performing improv allowed her to become more confident as a person and as an actor.[20]

On April 28, 2018, Bryant married comedian Conner O'Malley, who was a former writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[22] They met in 2008 as performers at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and became engaged in 2016.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Statue of Liberty Lady
2014 Kids Sarah Short film
2015 Prom Queen Teacher #1 Short film
2016 Brother Nature Dana Curlman
2016 Darby Forever Darby Short film
2017 The Big Sick Mary
2017 The Star Ruth (voice)
2018 I Feel Pretty Vivian

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 Shrink Kendra Harnz 3 episodes; also wrote 2 episodes
2012–present Saturday Night Live Various characters 153 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Judge / Patron / Woman 2 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Segment Producer 2 episodes
2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Amy Episode: "Bosom Buddies"
2015 Broad City Allie Episode: "St. Marks"
2015 Documentary Now! Anne Severino Episode: "A Town, a Gangster, a Festival"
2015 The Awesomes Unknown character (voice) 2 episodes
2015–2017 Girls Abigail 4 episodes
2016 Horace and Pete Alice Wittel 4 episodes
2017 Danger & Eggs D.D. Danger (voice) 13 episodes
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Mulaak Episode: "Out of This World"
2018 Portlandia Patient Episode: "Shared Workspace"
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tabby Bobatti Episode: "Party Monster: Scratching the Surface"
2019 Shrill Annie Main cast

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metz, Nina (September 10, 2012). "Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong join cast of 'SNL'". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ "Aidy Bryant - Awards - IMDb". Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Bryant, Tom. "About Us". Tom Bryant. Archived from the original on February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kenneth A. Vinall". Legacy.com. September 21, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  5. ^ 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 February 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Caldwell-Gilbert, Tamás Flinn (July 28, 2016). "Aidy Bryant". Geni.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Georganne Bryant: Commit to a family day". azcentral.com. January 28, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b c "Cast Bios". Aidy Bryant. NBC. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Alumna Aidy Bryant Joins SNL Cast". Columbia College Chicago. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  11. ^ Fallon, Kevin (October 31, 2014). "How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Star". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today.
  13. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' adds 3 performers for upcoming season after departures of Wiig, Samberg". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). September 10, 2012.
  14. ^ Sims, David. "Comedy Bang! Bang!: "Andy Richter Wears A Suit Jacket And A Baby Blue Button Down Shirt"". avclub.com.
  15. ^ "SNL Fans on Twitter". twitter.com. April 24, 2014.
  16. ^ Brumbaugh, Jocelyn (July 23, 2017). "Johnstown Native Brings Egg-Citement to Kids' Video". The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat. US News & World Report. Associated Press.
  17. ^ "Aidy Bryant". Television Academy. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  18. ^ "EWwy Awards 2015: Meet Your Winners". Entertainment Weekly.
  19. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c Metz, Nina. "'Shrill,' 'SNL' star Aidy Bryant on finding her confidence on stage in Chicago". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 11, 2019). "Aidy Bryant Hopeful About Another Season On 'SNL'". Deadline. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  22. ^ 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. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2014.
  23. ^ Johnson, Zach (April 30, 2018). "SNL's Aidy Bryant Marries Conner O'Malley". E!. E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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