Newbies from Chicago get ‘SNL’ face time
BY DAREL JEVENS firstname.lastname@example.org September 16, 2012 10:54PM
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Updated: October 18, 2012 6:22AM
It wasn’t exactly the most illustrious debut for Tim Robinson, playing the boyfriend of a man told, “No wonder you can’t get it up.”
But looking ridiculous is part of the deal when you’re on “Saturday Night Live,” and he and the show’s two other newcomers from the Chicago improv scene all won some screen time during Saturday’s season premiere.
The moment for Aidy Bryant was brief — just two lines — but enough to draw a laugh during a scene about daters addicted to fake voices. Cecily Strong, on the other hand, got the spotlight pretty much to herself, delivering a “Weekend Update” commentary as a Latina get-out-the-vote volunteer.
Another local shoutout came as Kenan Thompson parodied comedian Steve Harvey and his new shot-in-Chicago talk show.
As promised, Jay Pharaoh took over the job of impersonating Barack Obama in deliberately halting fashion, and Taran Killam debuted his take on vice presidential wannabe Paul Ryan.