Spending her teen years learning about improvisation in Arizona, Aidy Bryant moved to Chicago for college, and landed at The Second City and other improvisational groups around the city. In college, she participated in the comedy studies program at Columbia College, which was developed by their theatre department in a partnership with The Second City.
After graduating in 2009, Bryant performed across Chicago, including in the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy. She was featured in two different revues on the e.t.c. Stage, “Sky’s the Limit, Weather Permitting” and “We’re All In This Room Together”. For “Sky’s the Limit”, the entire ensemble won the Jeff Award for New Work: Musical or Revue in 2011. In 2012, Bryant joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for their 38th season.
In joining Saturday Night Live, she was one of the youngest hires ever, at age 25. Fellow Chicago performers Cecily Strong and Vanessa Bayer are among the cast she performs with every week. Bryant is known for playing strong, confident women, even if you wouldn’t expect them to have that confidence. With immense talent in both character work and impressions, Bryant has made her mark on the show. Characters include “Tonker Bell”, Tinker Bell’s half-sister, Morgan, the co-host of Girlfriends Talk Show, and “Worst Woman in the Airport”. She has also done impressions of Adele, Candy Crowley, Rebel Wilson, and more.
The female players are also known for music videos such as “(Do It on My) Twin Bed”, “Back Home Ballers”, and more. For the former, Bryant was nominated for an Emmy in writing with Kate McKinnon, Chris Kelly, Eli Bruggemann, and Sarah Schneider.
When she is not busy writing and performing with Saturday Night Live, she has been featured in a number of television shows. This includes Comedy Bang Bang, Broad City, Documentary Now!, Girls, and more.
2011 (?): Sky’s the Limit (Weather Permitting), e.t.c. Stage
2012: We’re All in This Room Together, e.t.c. Stage