Cecily Strong returns to "SNL" for her third season.
Strong earned rave reviews for her "Weekend Update" character "The Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation with at a Party," which Rolling Stone hailed as an "instant classic." Her recurring character of a ditzy porn star-turned-aspiring-pitchwoman that she plays alongside Vanessa Bayer has already become an audience favorite. Strong also has co-hosted "Weekend Update" alongside both Seth Meyers and Colin Jost.
In Chicago, Strong improvised regularly at iO and served as an understudy for the Second City Main Stage and E.T.C. shows. She performed as a member of the Second City national touring company and has also appeared at the Chicago SketchFest, Chicago Just for Laughs, the NYC Sketch Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Strong can be seen in upcoming films "Staten Island Summer, " "Ghostbusters" and "The Bronze." She also voices several characters in "The Awesomes," the Hulu original series created by Seth Meyers. Strong headlined the 2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Cecily Strong was raised in Oak Park, Ill. and has a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts.