Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Aidy Bryant ’09, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting and now a regular cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is the subject of a January 21, 2020, profile by New York Media’s entertainment news site Vulture. Titled “I’m Not Nice!,” the article focuses on Bryant’s multi-pronged career as a comedy writer-performer-producer — a longtime Saturday Night Live cast member who’s also the star and creator of the Hulu series Shrill. “Aidy Bryant has figured out how to get what she wants,” Vulture states, and they’ll get no argument here!
As previously reported in this blog, Bryant – a native of Phoenix, Arizona – came to Chicago to study theatre at Columbia College Chicago and to take advantage of the city’s sprawling improvisational comedy scene. As the Vulture article notes, Bryant “pursued comedy with the seriousness of a premed student. She graduated from her Phoenix high school in 2005 after four years of improv classes at a local theater; she chose Chicago for college because she wanted to be where people were good at it. By day, she attended theater classes. At night, she took improv classes. At 19, she started at the iO Theater, where she . . . was soon asked to join an all-female team made up of comedians ten-to-15 years older than she. Her work there earned her entry into a group at the Annoyance Theatre, an ‘artsy and nasty’ company that focused on turning improv into writing.”
To read the Aidy Bryant interview in Vulture, click here.