Though the news comes earlier than usual, “Saturday Night Live” has already made at least one Chicago hire for its upcoming season. Local improv and sketch performer Claire Mulaney will join the long-running NBC series as a writer, according to sources close to the show. (The news was first reported by the comedy website Splitsider.) Typically the show's producers make such staffing decisions for the new TV season in mid-to-late August.
Mulaney will find at least one recognizable face at the new job. The 25-year-old Chicago native is the younger sister of current "SNL" writer John Mulaney, the creator and writer behind Bill Hader’s Stefon character. (Her brother also did a sitcom pilot for NBC this year that was passed up, but is currently under consideration at Fox.) A former Second City intern who has logged time on stage at the Annoyance and iO, you can catch her perform Wednesday night at iO (her improv team Dog opens for the improvised puppet show Felt). Her last show at iO will be Aug. 6.Copyright © 2015, RedEye