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Snippet of WTF with Marc Maron Podcast: Episode 1161 - Cecily Strong

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Cecily Strong attended CalArts and graduated with a BFA in Theater before moving back home to Chicago. Although her decision to leave LA was touted as a mistake by her peers, Strong found joy in working as a receptionist for Planned Parenthood and acting in The Second City improv group.
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So we doing comedy? Not yet. So I didn't really do comedy. I mean, we did some funny shows, and I was like, I was a funny person, I think. But I was a serious actress until after college. Well, now, what kind of decision is that? Like, you're just sort of you get out of college at cow Arts, and then what do you do? I stayed around l a. For a minute. I took a class at the Groundlings because my teacher said he thought I would do well, and I was sort of like, we'll see. And I loved it. And then, um, you know, I was like, I could go back to Chicago, get a really a much cheaper apartment. My parents confined me groceries If I never in need, uh I took classes and I started at second City. See, that was the big question. Like, you know, looking at you know, my research was like, how do you go from Cal Arts and then just go back to Chicago to do sketch? And it was The Groundlings was the hinge. That's where you got turned on to it. Yeah, it's funny. I used to do like I used to go talk at Cal Arts about, you know, because people kept telling me you're giving up if you're moving back to Chicago. And it was like number one. I'm 24 25 years old, and I don't wanna be. None of this feels good yet, and it's like I'm and make $14 an hour wearing a blue apron and selling wine at Green Blatz. Um, which was fun, but it was like I wasn't gonna none of like what I thought my life would be. Didn't feel like it existed there in L. A. Yeah, and I really enjoyed Yeah, yeah, on Sunset Boulevard. I drank a lot of good wine there, though. That's nice. So you took the Groundlings class, and then you went back to Chicago and you're like, This is the life. Yeah. I moved in with my friend Caitlin. We had a apartment. I think we each paid, like, 3 75. I worked in restaurants and in Second City, and I worked at Planned Parenthood for two years or so. Oh, really? Yeah. And and taking classes and like doing shows for two people in the audience wherever you could do them. What was the Planned Parenthood job? I was the receptionist at the corporate office in Chicago. And so I opened all the male thio, and it was sort of like when someone calls if they look up the number online, that I'll be the first person they speak. Thio, Did you just do that? Was that you? Did you feel like it was your social responsibility or Yeah, I mean, I've always been, um, a bit of like a wonk. My dad was in public relations, but his firm did a lot with, like, the Democratic Party in Chicago. And we've just always skewed sort of liberal. And, uh so I really wanted to work for Planned Parenthood and e got to be there, Receptionist.
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