The cast of Lorne Michael's (pictured) Saturday Night Live has undergone a major overhaul this summer. When season 38 of SNL returns, it will be the first time since 2005 that neither Andy Samberg nor Kristen Wiig will be among the players, and relative newcomer Abby Elliott will also not be returning. Filling the vacancies in the cast — not to mention some pretty big shoes — will be new trio Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong. All three performers have ties to the Chicago comedy scene, which served as a breeding ground for former SNL stars such as John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, Bill Murray and Tina Fey, just to name a few.

In addition to Second City, Bryant, originally from Phoenix, Ariz., has performed with the Annoyance Theatre, iO Chicago Theatre and Baby Wants Candy. Watch as she plays an enterprising masseuse:

Like Bryant, Robinson has performed with Second City and iO Chicago. He is slated to appear in an episode of Friend Me, a CBS comedy airing midseason. He also previously did a pilot for Comedy Central called My Mans, which was ultimately never picked up. Here’s a clip from what you missed:

Strong is also a Second City alumna. Check out this clip of her showing off a French-Canadian accent as a tour guide in Quebec:

SNL’s first episode of the 2012-13 season — it's 38th on the air — premieres September 15. Seth MacFarlane, the celebrated creator of Family Guy and Ted, will host for the first time ever, and Frank Ocean will perform as the musical guest. –Chris Camacho

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