Flattering profile of latest iO alum to make it big on SNL
The New York Post has released a lovely profile of iO alum and rising SNL star Cecily Strong. Cecily was just announced as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update (alongside fellow iO alum Seth Meyers), and has rocketed to fame on the strength of her incredible stock of characters.
The article also describes how iO Artistic Director Charna Halpern helped get Cecily started on the path to superstardom:
But as she walked past the red glow of the ticket sign in the box office, she spotted Cecily Strong — and realized the 28-year-old had skipped out on the auditions.
“You didn’t audition for me,” Halpern said. “We’re getting ready for Lorne Michaels!”
“Yeah, I know,” Strong replied from behind the wooden half-door at the box-office counter, where she sold tickets for the twice-nightly improv shows.
“I have some ideas, but I wanted to make sure it was really a great audition before I did it.”
“That’s crazy,” Halpern countered. “You’re one of my best people. Let me see what you have.”