The Second City continues to be Lorne Michaels' first choice when recruiting new talent for "Saturday Night Live."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, two alums of Chicago's legendary haven of comedy are close to joining the cast of "SNL," which is about to begin its 38th season.
Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson are expected to join a cast that has seen the off-season departures of longtime regulars Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott -- and veteran Jason Sudeikis' future with the show remains unclear.
Bryant, a Phoenix native who graduate from Columbia College in Chicago, is an improv veteran who appeared on Second City's e.t.c Stage! and in productions at the Annoyance Theater, according to secondcity.com.
Robinson appeared on The Second City Mainstage and performed with improv groups in Chicago, according to secondcity.com. A Michigan native, Robinson began his Second City career in Detroit.
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy" and "Ted," will host the Sept. 15 "SNL" season premiere on NBC.