When she was hired by Saturday Night Live last fall, Chicago-trained comedic actress/improviser Cecily Strong was among a record three locals to simultaneously land coveted on-camera spots on the venerable late night sketch show.
As the first of those three to appear on Jimmy Fallon's NBC talk show recently, she gave shout outs to Chicago's iO Theater and Second City, on one of whose cruise ship partners she spent four months in 2010.
"Which is as funny as it sounds," she said sarcastically while turning to the audience.
"That just sounds painful to me," Fallon replied. "Is it vacation or no?"
"For the first two months I was so happy," Strong said, "because I get paid to do what I want to do. And I'm on a cruise! And then it's like half-prison, half vacation."
To make matters worse, there was "a lot of animosity" toward the Second City cast from crew members. "Not a lot of people want to help you out. They're like, 'I work 18 hours a day,' and I'm, like, hiding my mojito."