Cecily Strong Scores 'Weekend Update' Gig: 5 Clips That Prove She's Ready for 'SNL' Stardom
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Martin Short" Episode 1630 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cecily Strong, Seth Meyers -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)
The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party, is now becoming the life of the party.
"Saturday Night Live" sophomore cast member Cecily Strong will be joining Seth Meyers at the "Weekend Update" news desk when the long-running NBC late-night comedy sketch show begins its 39th season on Sept. 28, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Arcade Fire.
told The New York Times Monday. "She exploded.""Cecily, from the first show, was right there," executive producer Lorne Michaels
Michaels added that although Meyers is taking over hosting duties from Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night" starting in February, that doesn't necessarily mean he won't continue on the "Weekend Update" desk. "Late Night," which Michaels is also executive producing, won't produce a Friday episode, leaving the possibility open for Meyers to continue with "SNL" in some capacity.
NBC also made it official that Studio 8H is getting a serious influx of new comedy blood this season as well. After weeks of speculation, the network announced that the show is adding six featured players to the cast: Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O'Brien, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan. It's the largest new influx of talent since 1995's huge transition season, when Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, and Colin Quinn (among others) joined the cast.
While O'Brien, a writer on the show since 2009, makes the move to on-screen talent, Tim Robinson, who was a featured player this past season, is moving to the writing staff. It's unclear if Strong and fellow breakout newbies Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant are moving to become repertory cast members, but with the six new cast members joining as featured players, that seems likely to be the case.
So, where do you recognize Strong from most during her inaugural season on the cast? Here are five of her best sketches, proving she's ready to inhabit that coveted "Weekend Update" chair.