Nellie Andreeva

Live from Chicago — it’s Saturday Night Live‘s new cast additions. The veteran NBC sketch comedy series just announced it is adding three featured players heading into its 38th season: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong. All three hail from Chicago. (Word of Bryant and Robinson’s appointment leaked on Friday.) The reinforcements are coming as SNL is returning without departing cast members Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliott, with Jason Sudeikis, who portrays presidential candidate Mitt Romney, also rumored to exit following the November election.

Bryant trained with iO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and was an ensemble member of the Second City E.T.C Stage. Robinson, also an alumnus of The Second City, performed on its Mainstage and in its national touring company.  He has also performed at the iO Theater in Chicago and at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Strong also has performed as a member of the Second City national touring company and has studied at the iO Theater. SNL’s new season kicks off September 15 with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as host and musical guest Frank Ocean.

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