Cecily Strong returns to “Saturday Night Live” for her seventh 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 she plays alongside Vanessa Bayer also quickly became an audience favorite. Strong has most recently entertained viewers with her notable Melania Trump impression. Strong 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 New York Sketch Fest and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Strong has appeared in “The Female Brain” and Paul Feig’s reboot of “Ghostbusters” as well as Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss,” “The Bronze,” and “The Meddler.” Additionally, Strong headlined the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Assn. dinner.
Strong was raised in Oak Park, Ill., and has a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts.