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‘SNL’ Credits Omit Cecily Strong: What’s Her Status on the Show?


Strong’s absence within the Season 48 premiere adopted a mass exodus of ‘SNL’ solid members.

If Saturday Night Live appeared rather less Strong final night time, Saturday, October 1, you’ll have picked up on Cecily Strong’s absence in that Season 48 premiere. Not solely was the longtime SNL star MIA in final night time’s episode, however she wasn’t listed within the NBC sketch-comedy present’s new opening credit.

So what’s happening? Is SNL shedding one more solid member after this summer time’s mass exodus?

No want to fret. Strong is solely starring in a one-woman present in Los Angeles: a manufacturing of the play The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe on the Mark Taper Forum. Performances started on September 21 and are slated to run by means of October 23, after which level Strong will report again to SNL, TVLine stories.

And if that excuse sounds acquainted, you could be remembering that Strong missed three episodes of SNL’s forty seventh season to star in an off-Broadway manufacturing of the identical present initially of this yr.

“Weaving collectively the seemingly disparate tales of a punk-rock insurgent, rich Californian socialites, and feminist reactionaries in the hunt for aliens, Emmy Award winner Jane Wagner’s beloved play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life within the Universe, is a hilarious and timeless play about what makes us human,” Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group says in its synopsis of the present, for which SNL creator Lorne Michaels is a producer.

Wagner, the author behind The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, has really received three Emmy Awards—all for her TV collaborations together with her now-wife Lily Tomlin, the stage present’s unique star.

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life within the Universe is the most recent inventive pursuit for Strong, who launched the memoir This Will All Be Over Soon and produced and starred within the Apple TV+ musical comedy Schmigadoon! final yr.

Between Season 47 and Season 48, Saturday Night Live solid members Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Melissa Villaseñor, Alex Moffat, Chris Redd, and Aristotle Athari left the present. In their stead, Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker joined SNL as featured gamers.

Returning for Season 48 alongside Cecily, in the meantime, are repertory gamers Michael Che, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang, and featured gamers Andrew Dismukes, Punkie Johnson, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.

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