Cecily Strong fans dreaded the weekend season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” with its usual cast spectacle — and she wasn’t there.
Did the former Chicagoan leave after a decade as a late-night broadcaster, joining the summer outing of the long-running NBC series?
Sources close to the show told the Sun-Times that Strong is not attending the game in Los Angeles and intends to return.
At the Mark Tapper Forum, Strong has starred in a revival of the one-woman show “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” created by colleague Jane Wagner in 1985. Lily Tomlin took the role when the show premiered.
“SNL” has been driving and refining the best cast members over the years. Eight players — Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffett, Chris Redd, Melissa Villaseñor, and Aristotle Ethery — are gone
Like many “SNL” veterans, Strong has turned his resume around while working outside of 30 Rock. In addition to her role as Tomlin, who also played in New York last summer, she stars opposite Keegan-Michael Key in the Apple TV+ series “Shmigadoon,” which aired its first season in 2021 and recently completed drawing Season 2.
She grew up in Strong Oak Park and performed in Chicago for several years in plays at Second City and IO as well as sketch and improv shows.