|Birth name||Cecily Legler Strong|
|Born||February 8, 1984|
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, blue comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||American culture, current events, pop culture|
|Notable works and roles||Saturday Night Live|
Cecily Legler Strong (born February 8, 1984) is an American actress and comedian who has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2012. Other roles include the film Ghostbusters and voice work on The Awesomes. For her work on Saturday Night Live, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
Cecily Legler Strong was born in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised in Oak Park, Illinois, an inner ring suburb of Chicago. She is the daughter of Penelope and William "Bill" Strong, who worked as an Associated Press bureau chief and is now managing partner at a Chicago public relations firm. Penny Legler Strong is a nurse practitioner, having worked extensively at area hospitals. Strong's parents are divorced. Strong grew up adoring SNL as a child, reenacting sketches with her friend and watching old SNL commercials on VHS. "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.
She attended Oak Park and River Forest High School until her sophomore year, when she was expelled for bringing cannabis to school. She then attended a private Catholic school until transferring for her senior year to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she graduated in 2002. She then studied acting at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), graduating in 2006 with a BFA in theatre. After graduating, Strong returned to Chicago where she studied at the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago.
Strong performed regularly at The Second City and iO Chicago. Strong performed on a cruise ship with other Second City members for four months. She appeared at the Chicago Sketch Fest, Chicago Just for Laughs, the New York Sketchfest, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Goodman Theater, the Bailiwick Theater, the Mercury Theater, and with the all-female improv troupe Virgin Daiquiri.
Saturday Night Live
Strong debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012. The next season, Strong became a repertory player and co-anchored the recurring Weekend Update segment with Seth Meyers, beginning with the season 39 premiere. Strong later co-anchored with Colin Jost, and was replaced on Weekend Update with writer Michael Che, beginning with the season 40 premiere in September 2014, partly at her own request to focus on doing sketches as a part of the regular cast. In 2020, Strong was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series for her work on the show.
- The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party, an unintelligent, unnamed pseudo-activist,
- Dana, a loud-mouthed, unfriendly retail employee who along with Niff (played by Bobby Moynihan) always insults her coworkers out of fear of being fired,
- Donna Fingerneck, The Art of the Encounter and Women in the Workplace co-host with Jodi Cork (played by Kate McKinnon),
- Heather, a one-dimensional female character from a male-driven comedy,
- Kyra, co-host of The Girlfriends Talk Show, alongside Morgan (played by Aidy Bryant),
- Cathy Anne, the drug-addicted neighbor of Michael Che (usually introduced by Che as "the woman who's always yelling outside my window"), who has strong opinions on current events,
- An unnamed blond former porn star-turned-model/commercial actress who hawks elegant items alongside Brecky (played by Vanessa Bayer),
- Gemma, an aspiring British singer with various boyfriends,
- Gracelynn Chisholm, co-host of morning show Right Side of the Bed with her husband Cory (played by Taran Killam),
- Joelle LaRue, one of the two French animal-based video clip show presenters, alongside Noelle LeSoup (played by Kate McKinnon),
- Lonnie, one of the two unintelligent kids (the other being Josh, played by Mikey Day) in the Science Room sketches.
- Huma Abedin
- Julie Andrews
- Brooke Baldwin
- Maria Bartiromo
- John Bolton
- Gloria Borger
- Paula Broadwell
- Rachel Brosnahan
- Erin Burnett
- Gina Carano
- Marion Cotillard
- Susan Collins
- Olivia Colman
- Stormy Daniels
- Lana Del Rey
- Catherine Deneuve
- Fran Drescher
- Gloria Estefan
- Dianne Feinstein
- Carly Fiorina
- Tulsi Gabbard
- Ariana Grande
- Marjorie Taylor Greene
- Kimberly Guilfoyle
- Hope Hicks
- Scottie Nell Hughes
- Abby Huntsman
- Anjelica Huston
- Kendall Jenner
- Khloe Kardashian
- Jill Kelley
- Megyn Kelly
- Sarah Koenig
- Becca Kufrin
- Tara Lipinski
- Rachel Maddow
- Kate Middleton
- Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Liza Minnelli
- Alanis Morissette
- Jeanine Pirro
- Sidney Powell
- Michelle Rodriguez
- Kyrsten Sinema
- Ivana Trump
- Melania Trump
- Sofia Vergara
- Gretchen Whitmer
- Allison Williams
Strong was the featured entertainer at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association dinner (cracking that she was the first straight woman to do so in twenty years). She took digs at the various news organizations in attendance, politicians of all persuasions, and President Obama. She also took shots at the US Secret Service, host location the Washington Hilton, Brian Williams, Sarah Koenig and the state of Indiana.
In 2016, she appeared in a commercial for Old Navy, alongside other SNL cast members Nasim Pedrad and Jay Pharoah. That year, Strong also joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as a celebrity correspondent. In 2016, she guest starred as Samantha Stevens in TBS's Angie Tribeca and Catherine Hobart in Fox's Scream Queens. She has appeared in a series of commercials for Triscuit since 2017.
In January 2020, it was announced that Strong would be leading Schmigadoon!, her own series on the streaming platform Apple TV + which is to be produced by Lorne Michaels. The series will center around a couple (played by Strong and Keegan-Michael Key) stuck in a 1940s studio musical town until they find "true love". Rounding out the cast are Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristen Chenoweth, and Aaron Tveit.
|2012||How to Sponsor a Uterus||Karen Rigsby||Short film|
|2015||The Bronze||Janice Townsend|
|2015||Slow Learners||Amber the ex|
|2015||Staten Island Summer||Mary Ellen|
|2016||The Boss||Dana Dandridge|
|2018||The Female Brain||Zoe|
|2012–present||Saturday Night Live||Herself, Various||Main cast|
|2012||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Various||2 episodes|
|2013–2015||The Awesomes||Various Voices||13 episodes|
|2015||White House Correspondents' Dinner||Herself (host)||Featured entertainer|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Samantha Stevens||Episode: "Tribeca's Day Off"|
|2016||Years of Living Dangerously||Herself||Episode: "A Race Against Time"|
|2016||Netflix Presents: The Characters||Herself||Episode: "Natasha Rothwell"|
|2016||Superstore||Missy Jones||Episode: "Olympics"|
|2016||Maya & Marty||Various||Episode: "Ricky Gervais and Cecily Strong"|
|2016||Scream Queens||Catherine Hobart||Episode: "Scream Again"|
|2017||Man Seeking Woman||CCN Reporter||Episode: "Horse"|
|2017||Detroiters||Roz Chunks||Episode: "Dream Cruise"|
|2017||Great News||Jessica||Episode: "Night of the Living Screen"|
|2018||The Simpsons||Megan Matheson (voice)||Episode: "Homer Is Where the Art Isn't"|
|2019||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Herself||Episode: “Roast in Peace”|
|2019||I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson||Brenda||Episode: "It's the Cigars You Smoke That Is Going to Give You Cancer"|
|2021||That Damn Michael Che||Woman in elevator||Episode: "Policin'"|
|2021||Schmigadoon!||Melissa||Main cast, upcoming series|
Awards and nominations
|2020||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|||
- "News of the Alumni" (PDF). St. Andrew's. Spring 1984. p. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 9, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
- Dettro, Chris (January 19, 2013). "New SNL Comedian has shallow Springfield roots". The State Journal-Register. Springfield, Illinois. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
Strong's father, Bill Strong, was the Associated Press bureau chief at the Statehouse when Cecily was born in February 1984.
- Saturday Night Live - SNL [@nbcsnl] (February 8, 2013). "Happy Birthday Cecily Strong!! So glad we get to spend the day w/ her and a bunch of snow and @justinbieber! tinyurl.com/apxz6pn #SNL #Fun" (Tweet). Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via Twitter.
- Metz, Nina (September 10, 2012). "Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, Cecily Strong join cast of 'SNL'". Chicago Tribune.
- "Cecily Strong to co-anchor SNL's 'Weekend Update'". Sj-r.com. September 16, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013. (subscription required)
- Gomez, Luis (June 14, 2013). "Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong returns home amid dream year". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- "Cecily Strong Is Being Serious". The New York Times. February 7, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- Cecily Strong - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2013). February 19, 2013.
- "CalArts Grad Cecily Strong Added to Cast of 'SNL'". SCV News. December 11, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
- "Cast Bios". Cecily Strong. NBC. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Fretts, Bruce (November 8, 2013). "Meet Saturday Night Live's New "Weekend Update" Anchor Cecily Strong". TV Guide. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- Heilpern, John. "Cecily Strong Shares the Secret to Her Saturday Night Live Success".
- "Cecily Strong". Tumblr. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
- Levin, Gary (September 10, 2012). "'Saturday Night Live' adds three new cast members". USA Today.
- "'Saturday Night Live' adds 3 performers for upcoming season after departures of Wiig, Samberg". The Washington Post (The Associated Press). September 10, 2012.
- Morgan, Richard (May 9, 2014). "Cecily Strong and Colin Jost Are Newest 'Weekend Update' Anchors on 'Saturday Night Live'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- Reed, Ryan (September 12, 2014). "'SNL' Replaces Cecily Strong as 'Weekend Update' Anchor". Rolling Stone.
- "Cecily Strong". Television Academy. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
- Fishman, Elly (February 20, 2013). "Questions for Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
- Hoglund, Andy (January 26, 2020). "Saturday Night Live recap: A 'very chill' Adam Driver goes to hell and back (and, yes, Kylo Ren appears)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
- Perkins, Dennis (January 26, 2020). "Third time's the winner, as Saturday Night Live finally takes advantage of Adam Driver". The AV Club. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
- C-SPAN (April 25, 2015), Cecily Strong complete remarks at 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner (C-SPAN), retrieved February 12, 2017
- Cecily Strong’s harshest burns in her White House correspondents’ dinner speech, The Washington Post, April 26, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015
- "Old Navy enlists SNL alums to improvise series of online spots". Campaign Live. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- "David Letterman Will Explore Climate Change For National Geographic Docu-Series". Variety. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- @cecilystrong (January 23, 2021). "I'm excited and nervous and happy and overwhelmed and all the things to share a project I've been working on – my first book #ThisWillAllBeOverSoon . I didn't plan on writing a book this year and certainly didn't think this would be the book I would first write. But I'm so glad I did and I'm so lucky to have had people in my life to inspire it. It's out on 8.10.2021, but you can learn more and pre-order a copy here: bit.ly/393rboe" – via Instagram.
- "This Will All Be Over Soon". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
- Petski, Denise. "'That Damn Michael Che': HBO Max Unveils First-Look At 'SNL' Star's Sketch Show — Watch". Deadline. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
- As confirmed by show creator Cinco Paul: https://twitter.com/cincopedia/status/1318656768591896576?s=20
- Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 30, 2020). "Cecily Strong To Star In Musical Comedy Nearing Series Order At Apple". Deadline. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
- Mike Fleming Jr. "Cecily Strong Joins Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Michelle Darnell’", Deadline Hollywood, April 28, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015
- "Cecily Strong". Emmys.com. Television Academy. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
| Weekend Update anchor with Seth Meyers
Cecily Strong and Colin Jost
Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong
| Weekend Update anchor with Colin Jost
March 1 – May 17, 2014
Colin Jost and Michael Che