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SNL hires three new cast members, all from Chicago

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The NY Times reports:

After a summer hiatus and several key departures from its cast, “Saturday Night Live” said on Monday that it had added three new performers to its ensemble as it begins work on its 38th season.

Cecily Strong, who comes from the national touring company of the Second City improvisational theater in Chicago, and has also been an understudy for its main stage and E.T.C. stage, is joining “SNL” as a featured performer. Also coming on as featured performers are Aidy Bryant, who trained at the iO comedy theater in Chicago and was in the ensemble of the Second City’s E.T.C. stage; and Tim Robinson, who has performed with the touring company and on the main stage of Second City.

When “SNL” broadcasts its first new episode of the season on Saturday night (with Seth MacFarlane as host and Frank Ocean as musical guest) it will be without the services of Kristen Wiig, the “Bridesmaids” star who was given a bittersweet sendoff in May. Andy Samberg, a creator of the show’s Digital Shorts franchise, said in June that he would not be returning, and Abby Elliott announced her departure in August.

Congrats Cecily, Aidy and Tim!

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