Oak Park native Cecily Strong joins SNL cast

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Rosie Powers

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Another Oak Park native has joined the limelight as Second City's Cecily Strong has been named as one of the newest additions to the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Strong, along with Second City's Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson, join the show's cast after the departure of Andy Samberg, Kristin Whig and Abby Elliott.

Strong got her start studying in The Second City Training Center in the Conservatory program and has been performing with The Second City Touring Company since 2011. She also toured with Second City Theatricals performing aboard the Norwegian Jewel, and has performed with iO Chicago Theater.

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Former VP Board Member  

Posted: October 28th, 2012 12:03 AM

Cecily was in several VP productions, especially the Children's Theater program. I recalled her as a camel in "Aladdin" and in the starring role of "The Littlest Reindeer" at about age 9. Great to see her on TV.


Posted: October 8th, 2012 12:48 PM

Ok, let's try this test. I have a joke. A Jew, Black, lesbian and Muslim go into a bar...


Posted: October 8th, 2012 10:50 AM

Funny how some racist/ethnic insults and stereotypical remarks are OK and others are quickly removed from this site.


Posted: October 7th, 2012 10:57 PM

The Irish tend to slur more than others.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 7th, 2012 9:41 AM

Yikes, Eric. I sure was not slurring Bill Strong.

Eric B  

Posted: October 6th, 2012 11:37 PM

just in case you thought John Murtaugh was saying that Cecily was unfortunately from OPRF, - he was just responding to "Unfortunately"


Posted: September 24th, 2012 1:56 PM

How about some school info in the piece? Or some comments from old teachers?? All i see is native of Oak Park.


Posted: September 23rd, 2012 6:21 PM

@JBM. Thanks. In my experience, announcements of this sort are typically/understandably accompanied by comments from classmates and friends saying things like "Congratulations!" and "I remember when 'x' and I were..." This time...nothing. So, let me be the first on this thread: CONGRATULATIONS on Cecily's success!!! I'm also a parent and I know that achievements like this only occur thru talent, hard work, and tremendous support from others - so, also, CONGRATS to her OP family and friends!!!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 5:50 PM

Unfortunately - Cecily is a OPRF graduate. She is the daughter of Bill Strong, a businessman, that is a well known resident of OP.


Posted: September 23rd, 2012 11:09 AM

"Oak Park native...."? Was she born and/or raised in Oak Park? What elementary or high school? Just curious, but I know what year Hemingway graduated from OPRF and throw in Mastrantonio and Castellaneta, too. Happy for her success, but I'm just curious.

Jeff from Chicago  

Posted: September 23rd, 2012 6:56 AM

I remember her as the little girl in Grapes of Wrath at Village Players!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 16th, 2012 2:04 AM

Best new SNL talent in years. She was great in the News piece.

yo go grrrl  

Posted: September 16th, 2012 1:09 AM

She was very good tonight. I laughed more at her appearance on Weekend Update than anything else.

spellcheck typo fixed  

Posted: September 11th, 2012 8:08 AM

KristEn WIIg.


Posted: September 11th, 2012 8:07 AM

Kristin Wiig, not Whig.

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