Aidan Mackenzy Bryant
May 7, 1987
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago|
Aidan Mackenzy Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian. She is known as a cast member on the late-night variety series Saturday Night Live (2012–present), beginning in season 38. 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. 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 of which she also served as writer and executive producer, and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Bryant was born in Phoenix, 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. 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 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 2017, Bryant provided the voice of main character D.D. Danger on the animated series Danger & Eggs.
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. In 2018, Bryant received a nomination at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
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. As of February 11, 2019, Bryant planned to continue acting on the show.
Throughout her adolescence, Bryant dealt with self-esteem issues related to her weight. Acting and performing improv allowed her to become more confident as a person and as an actor.
On April 28, 2018, Bryant married comedian Conner O'Malley, who was a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers. They met in 2008 as performers at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and became engaged in 2016.
|2014||The Amazing Spider-Man 2||Statue of Liberty Lady|
|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|
|2012–2014||Shrink||Kendra Harnz||3 episodes; also writer of 2 episodes|
|2012–present||Saturday Night Live||Herself / Various characters||185 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|
|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|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|||
|2018||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Shrill||Pending|