Second City and Columbia College alum Aidy Bryant leaves SNL

Aidy Bryant
Aidy Bryant

One of Chicago’s favorites, Aidy Bryant takes the stage exit door at SNL following Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney who are all expected to take a final bow on Saturday’s finale.

As in the end of every season on SNL there is speculation as to who’s in and who’s out but this is the biggest shakeup of cast members to date.

Producer, Lorne Michaels had hinted that next season would bring “a year of change” which had us thinking that Michael Che was checking out, but not so, Che will return for another season.

McKinnon has been on SNL since 2012, Mooney joined the cast in 2013, and Davidson has been a cast member since 2014.

Aidy Bryant, a four-time Emmy nominee, joined SNL in 2012 as one of the youngest members of the cast.

Bryant moved from Arizona to Chicago after high school to enroll in the Columbia College comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City, a program that allows students to study full-time at The Second City for an entire semester.

After graduating in 2009, Bryant performed on board Norweigian Cruise Line with Second City Theatricals and toured nationally with The Second City Touring Company.

Her most memorable characters on SNL include “Tonkerbell,” the half-sister of Tinkerbell; “Morgan,” the co-host of the sketch “Girlfriends Talk Show,” and “Worst Woman in the Airport.” She has also done impressive impersonations of Ted Cruz, Adele, Candy Crowley, Rebel Wilson, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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