|Medium Television, film|
Years active 2012–present
|Upcoming movie The Boss|
Name Cecily Strong
|Born February 8, 1984 (age 31)Springfield, Illinois, US (1984-02-08) |
Genres Satire, political satire, news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s) American politics, American culture, current events, pop culture, mass media, news media
Education California Institute of the Arts
Parents Bill Strong, Penelope Strong
Movies and TV shows Saturday Night Live, The Bronze, Staten Island Summer, The Boss, The Meddler
Similar People Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Colin Jost, Taran Killam
Notable works and roles Saturday Night Live
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Cecily Legler Strong (born February 8, 1984) is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian, known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, having joined the show in 2012.
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- Early life
- Saturday Night Live
- Other work
Snl comedian cecily strong arriving on the today show and signing for fans
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. 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 before 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 from CalArts, 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 has performed on a "cruise ship with fellow Second City members for four months". She appeared at the Chicago Sketch Fest, Chicago Just for Laughs, New York Sketchfest, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at the Goodman Theater, 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. Strong 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. However, she remained a part of the regular cast.
The moment that largely defined Strong as a hit on Saturday Night Live was from Strong's character in “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party”. Colin Jost, who succeeded Seth Meyers on “Weekend Update," also co-writes with Strong and Vanessa Bayer "non sequiturs and risqué malapropisms, “Porn Stars”: “Herpes handbags! One out of every four people has it—and so should you.” (while attempting to promote Hermès handbags)
Strong's recurring characters include an extremely ditzy, unintelligent and unnamed pseudo-activist known as "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party", Dana (one of a pair of loud-mouthed, unfriendly retail employees who always insult their coworkers out of fear of being fired), Kyra from "The Girlfriends Talk Show", and an unnamed blond former porn star-turned-model/commercial actress who hawks elegant items. Most of her recurring characters are either very feminine, polished, youthful and/or mentally unstable. Her celebrity impressions include Brooke Baldwin, Maria Bartiromo, Gloria Borger, Paula Broadwell, Erin Burnett, Lana Del Rey, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Carly Fiorina, Ariana Grande, Scottie Nell Hughes, Anjelica Huston, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Jill Kelley, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Koenig, Tara Lipinski, Rachel Maddow, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liza Minnelli, Alanis Morissette, Jeanine Pirro, Michelle Rodriguez, Melania Trump, Sofia Vergara and Allison Williams.
Strong was the featured entertainer at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association dinner. She lambasted 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 appeared in a series of commercials for Triscuit in 2017.