Cecily Strong is an Oak Park, Illinois native who graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a degree in Theater. She trained and performs regularly at Second City, ImprovOlympic and iO Chicago, . She has appeared at the Chicago Sketchfest, Chicago Just for Laughs, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has performed at numerous theaters in was even a member of the all-female improv troupe Virgin Daiquiri with Aidy Bryant.
Strong has appeared in more prominent roles than the other two newbies, and has shined on weekend update. Her character "Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party" is sassy and self-centered, and the crowd ate it up on Weekend Update Thursday . She has played Rachel Maddow, and has hosted her own show "Haters".