Saturday Night Live player Aidy Bryant, who has been on the series since 2012, is already graduating with her own Hulu series that she’s co-writing and starring in, Shrill, but she plans to stay put on the NBC late night sketch show.
“I think I’ll definitely go back next season,” said Bryant about the 2019-20 season. “I’m going to take it as it comes. Especially being at SNL, I’ve really learned to not plan ahead, but being in the moment. But I know I would be incredibly sad if this was my last season and I’m not ready to go.”
“I love it there, and I’m not on my way out,” said Bryant.
SNL boss Lorne Michaels is executive producing Shrill. “That was huge for me to ask him to be involved,” Bryant said. “He’s been involved in everything I’ve ever done. I feel so comfortable going to him for help and guidance. To have him involved in this was huge for me because I feel like every time we got into a jam, I could call him and he would talk me down a little bit or be outside of it enough that he’d have some clarity that maybe I didn’t get as each episode was two inches from my face.”
Bryant said her SNL role model was Fred Armisen. His last season was her first, and when she would head back to Portland, Oregon, she’d see him in production on Portlandia. Now, Bryant has all of the old Portlandia crew working on Shrill. The six-episode series was shot when Bryant was on SNL hiatus over the summer. Shrill, based on the Lindy West novel, debuts on Hulu March 15.