Aidy Bryant is more than grateful for her time on “Saturday Night Live,” even though it was tough starting out.
“I feel like it was a mix, there were moments I was like crying on the floor [or] I found myself often reaching back to my prior experiences,” she said of getting cast on the sketch comedy show in 2012.
Recalling to the crowd at The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” event on Monday in Brooklyn, Bryant said she would remind herself, “You used to do shows for sunburned drunk men on a cruise ship who were eating chicken fingers and did not want to see you perform. Now you’re on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ You can handle this audience, you can make it through a respectful group of people who are excited to watch a TV show.”
Although Bryant, 31, has been a fixture on “SNL,” she’s about to become a leading lady in Hulu’s “Shrill” (which she also co-wrote), and also had roles in Lena Dunham’s “Girls” and the Amy Schumer-led flick, “I Feel Pretty.”
“Shrill” is the adaptation of comedian, writer and activist Lindy West’s 2016 book by the same name.
Regardless of how busy she gets — she says she worked for a year-and-a-half straight — Bryant has found her place at Studio 8H.
“I don’t know if I’m going to leave ‘SNL,’ I really love ‘SNL’ and I feel like I finally in the past couple of years feel really comfortable … there’s a great comfort and joy being like, ‘Yeah, I am one of the senior cast members here now and I work my f–king ass off to stay there.’”
“Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi and Olympic soccer player Hope Solo also joined Bryant on the panel.