Aidy Bryant

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Aidy Bryant
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Bryant in 2015
Born
Aidan Mackenzy Bryant

(1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 35)
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2018)

Aidan Mackenzy Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian. She was a cast member on the late-night variety series Saturday Night Live (2012–2022), beginning in season 38,[1] and leaving at the end of season 47.[2] For her work on the series, she has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, including two nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[3] Her other work includes a voice role in the animated series Danger & Eggs (2017) and a starring role in the sitcom Shrill (2019–2021); for the latter, she also served as writer and executive producer and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Bryant was born in Phoenix,[4] the daughter of Georganne (née Vinall) and Tom Bryant.[5] Her mother owns a boutique called Shop Frances in Phoenix.[6] Bryant is of English, Irish, and German descent.[7] She has one brother.[8] She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005.[6] Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.[9]

She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in 2009.[10][11] At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.[11]

Career[edit]

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.[9] She has performed with iO Chicago, The Second City[12] 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.[10]

Bryant made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012.[10][13][14] 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.[15] Bryant also made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19] In 2018, Bryant received a nomination at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[20]

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.[21] [22] Shrill would run for three seasons ending in May 2021.[23]She would ultimately leave Saturday Night Live after season 47, the 2021-2022 season. [24]

In 2021, Bryant had signed an overall deal with Universal Television.[25] She currently voices Emmy on the adult animated series Human Resources, a spin-off of Big Mouth which premiered on March 18, 2022. [26]

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[6]
  • 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
  • Li'l 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.
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary
  • Carrie Krum, 7th grade travel expert
  • Ted Cruz, Texas Senator

Personal life[edit]

Throughout her adolescence, Bryant dealt with self-esteem issues related to her weight.[21] Acting and performing improv allowed her to become more confident as a person and as an actor.[21]

On April 28, 2018, Bryant married comedian Conner O'Malley, who was a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[27] They met in 2008 as performers at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and became engaged in 2016.[28]

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; also writer and producer
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 writer of 2 episodes
2012–2022 Saturday Night Live Herself / Various characters 206 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 The Other Two Herself Episode: "Chase Shoots a Music Video"
2019–2021 Shrill Annie Easton 22 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2022-present Human Resources Emmy (voice) Main cast

Webseries[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Enterprenerds Kathy Kielty Episode: "Short Squeeze"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live Nominated [29]
2018 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2021 Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Shrill Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; White, Peter (May 20, 2022). "'SNL': Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant & Kyle Mooney To Exit Alongside Pete Davidson As Major Cast Shake-Up Set For Season Finale". Deadline. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  3. ^ "Aidy Bryant - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Bryant, Tom. "About Us". Tom Bryant. Archived from the original on February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kenneth A. Vinall". Legacy.com. September 21, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Caldwell-Gilbert, Tamás Flinn (July 28, 2016). "Aidy Bryant". Geni.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Georganne Bryant: Commit to a family day". azcentral.com. January 28, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  9. ^ a b 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.
  10. ^ a b c "Cast Bios". Aidy Bryant. NBC. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Alumna Aidy Bryant Joins SNL Cast". Columbia College Chicago. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Fallon, Kevin (October 31, 2014). "How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Star". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today.
  14. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' adds 3 performers for upcoming season after departures of Wiig, Samberg". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). September 10, 2012. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Sims, David. "Comedy Bang! Bang!: "Andy Richter Wears A Suit Jacket And A Baby Blue Button Down Shirt"". avclub.com.
  16. ^ "SNL Fans on Twitter". twitter.com. April 24, 2014.
  17. ^ Brumbaugh, Jocelyn (July 23, 2017). "Johnstown Native Brings Egg-Citement to Kids' Video". The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat. US News & World Report. Associated Press.
  18. ^ "Aidy Bryant". Television Academy. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "EWwy Awards 2015: Meet Your Winners". Entertainment Weekly.
  20. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c Metz, Nina. "'Shrill,' 'SNL' star Aidy Bryant on finding her confidence on stage in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  22. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 11, 2019). "Aidy Bryant Hopeful About Another Season On 'SNL'". Deadline. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  23. ^ Framke, Caroline (May 9, 2021). "The Series Finale of 'Shrill' Leaves Us Wanting More: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; White, Peter (May 20, 2022). "'SNL': Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant & Kyle Mooney To Exit Alongside Pete Davidson As Major Cast Shake-Up Set For Season Finale". Deadline. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  25. ^ "Aidy Bryant Strikes Overall Deal With Universal Television". Deadline Hollywood. October 14, 2021.
  26. ^ Lang, Jamie (June 14, 2021). "'Big Mouth' Spinoff 'Human Resources' Adds Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Aidy Bryant (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ Johnson, Zach (April 30, 2018). "SNL's Aidy Bryant Marries Conner O'Malley". E!. E! Entertainment Television. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  29. ^ "Aidy Bryant". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 10, 2014.

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