"Saturday Night Live" officially announced Monday what long has been known in the Chicago sketch and improv community: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong are headed to the show. All three new “SNL” hires hail from the Chicago comedy scene.
For Robinson, TV was clearly in his future. After making his mark in 2011’s “South Side of Heaven,” the 99th mainstage revue at The Second City (playing a blissed-out Mayor Daley and a man who erotically devours a burrito, among other memorable characters), Robinson was one of the creators and stars of a Monty Python-esque television pilot titled “My Mans” (with performing partner Mark Raterman) produced earlier this year by Bob Odenkirk for Comedy Central. The network ultimately passed on the project, but for much of the summer Robinson and Raterman performed the show live at iO theater, showcasing Robinson’s unhinged puppy dog, gloriously weird and unpredictable juvenile spirit.