Aidy Bryant
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Bryant in 2015
Born
Aidan Mackenzy Bryant

(1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 35)
Alma materColumbia College Chicago (BA)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2018)

Aidan Mackenzy Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian. She was a cast member on the late-night variety series Saturday Night Live (2012–2022), beginning in season 38,[1] and leaving at the end of season 47.[2] For her work on the series, she has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, including two nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[3] Her other work includes a voice role in the animated series Danger & Eggs (2017) and a starring role in the sitcom Shrill (2019–2021); for the latter, she also served as writer and executive producer and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life

Bryant was born in Phoenix,[4] the daughter of Georganne (née Vinall) and Tom Bryant.[5] Her mother owns a boutique called Shop Frances in Phoenix.[6] Bryant is of English, Irish, and German descent.[7] She has one brother.[8] She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005.[6] Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.[9]

She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in 2009.[10][11] At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.[11]

Career

Bryant and Mike Birbiglia

After Bryant graduated from Columbia College, she toured with the musical improv group Baby Wants Candy and was approached by Second City.[9] She has performed with iO Chicago, The Second City[12] 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.[10]

Bryant made her debut as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on September 15, 2012.[10][13][14] 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.[15] Bryant also made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.[16] She has made guest appearances on programs such as Broad City, Documentary Now!, The Awesomes, and Girls. 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.[17] 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.[18]

In 2016, Bryant had a recurring role as Alice in the Louis C.K. series Horace and Pete. In 2017, Bryant provided the voice of main character D.D. Danger on the animated series Danger & Eggs.[19] In 2018, Bryant received a nomination at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[20]

In 2019, Bryant starred in the Hulu series Shrill. After Bryant became involved with Shrill, as a co-writer, co-executive producer and as the main character, there was a question of whether she would return for the 2019–20 season of Saturday Night Live although Lorne Michaels encouraged her to work on both shows.[21][22][23] Bryant stated that she would work 12-hour days on Shrill and then at SNL afterward, making for 22-hour days.[23] Shrill would run for three seasons ending in May 2021, and Bryant was told that its third season would be the last one after it was shot.[24][23] Bryant planned to exit SNL after its 45th season, however the COVID-19 pandemic caused her to reconsider leaving after "one last normal year" that concluded with the 2021-2022 47th season.[23][25]

In 2021, Bryant had signed an overall deal with Universal Television.[26] She currently voices Emmy on the adult animated series Human Resources, a spin-off of Big Mouth which premiered on March 18, 2022. [27]

Recurring characters on SNL

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Personal life

Throughout her adolescence, Bryant dealt with self-esteem issues related to her weight.[21] Acting and performing improv allowed her to become more confident as a person and as an actress .[21]

On April 28, 2018, Bryant married comedian Conner O'Malley, who was a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers.[28] They met in 2008 as performers at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and became engaged in 2016.[29]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Statue of Liberty Lady
2014 Kids Sarah Short film
2015 Prom Queen Teacher #1 Short film
2016 Brother Nature Dana Curlman
2016 Darby Forever Darby Short film; also writer and producer
2017 The Big Sick Mary
2017 The Star Ruth (voice)
2018 I Feel Pretty Vivian

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 Shrink Kendra Harnz 3 episodes; also writer of 2 episodes
2012–2022 Saturday Night Live Herself / Various characters 206 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Judge / Patron / Woman 2 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! Segment Producer 2 episodes
2014 The Greatest Event in Television History Amy Episode: "Bosom Buddies"
2015 Broad City Allie Episode: "St. Marks"
2015 Documentary Now! Anne Severino Episode: "A Town, a Gangster, a Festival"
2015 The Awesomes Unknown character (voice) 2 episodes
2015–2017 Girls Abigail 4 episodes
2016 Horace and Pete Alice Wittel 4 episodes
2017 Danger & Eggs D.D. Danger (voice) 13 episodes
2017 At Home with Amy Sedaris Mulaak Episode: "Out of This World"
2018 Portlandia Patient Episode: "Shared Workspace"
2018 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tabby Bobatti Episode: "Party Monster: Scratching the Surface"
2019 The Other Two Herself Episode: "Chase Shoots a Music Video"
2019–2021 Shrill Annie Easton 22 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer
2022-present Human Resources Emmy (voice) Main cast
2022 The Kardashians Herself Episode: "Live from New York"

Webseries

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Enterprenerds Kathy Kielty Episode: "Short Squeeze"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live Nominated [30]
2018 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2021 Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Shrill Nominated

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