Aiden Mackenzy "Aidy" Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, beginning in season 38.
Bryant was born on May 7, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Georganna (née Vinall) and Tom Bryant. Her mother owns a boutique called Frances in Phoenix. Bryant is of English, Irish and German descent. She has one brother. She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005, where she did the morning announcements. Bryant developed an interest in performing during middle school theater classes and summer camps, where she learned about improvisation. Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.
She graduated from the Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in 2009. At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.
After Bryant graduated from Columbia College, she toured with the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy and was approached by Second City. She has performed with iO Chicago, The Second City and the Annoyance Theatre. She was a writer and ensemble member for both "Sky's the Limit, Weather Permitting" and "We're All In This Room Together" on the Second City e.t.c. Stage.
Bryant made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012. She was promoted to a repertory player during her second season on the show.
In 2013, Bryant appeared with a recurring role in the second season of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, playing the show's segment producer. Bryant also made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She has made guest appearances on programs such as Broad City, Documentary Now!, The Awesomes, and Girls. In 2016, Bryant had a recurring role as Alice in the Louis C.K. series Horace and Pete.
In 2014, Bryant, Eli Bruggemann, Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, and Kate McKinnon were nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the "Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)". The music video sketch aired on December 21, 2013. She won the award for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2015 EWwy awards which honor performances that were snubbed by the Emmys.
Celebrity impressions on SNL
Recurring characters on SNL
- One of the students in the "Shallon" (Nasim Pedrad) sketches
- Morgan, co-host of Girlfriends Talk Show who always gets shunned or ignored by her friend Kyra (Cecily Strong) in favor of a cooler guest
- Tonker Bell, Tinker Bell's rude-mannered half-sister whose dad is a house fly
- One of the actors in a dramatic High School Theater production, who attempt to make broad points about society's issues
- Li'l Baby Aidy, a characterization of herself in the show's all-female music videos (so called because she was the youngest [the "baby"] of the current female cast)
- Melanie, a flirtatious young teen with a romantic spark for mature gentlemen -- said gentlemen being her friends' fathers
- An unnamed, naive girl who interrupts a pornographic movie shoot (Hot for Teacher 8 and The Doctor Is In...My Butt 4) thinking that they are actual employees at an office, school, etc.
Bryant is engaged to comedian Conner O'Malley, who was formerly a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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- ^ The A.V. Club
- ^ Twitter
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- ^ http://ew.com/gallery/2015-ewwy-winners/best-supporting-actress-comedy
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