iO alums Alison Gates, Alan Linic, and Eli Mandel Join the SNL family!!

Saturday Night Live‘s season 44 premieres on Saturday, September 29, and we are incredibly happy to share that iO alums Alison Gates, Alan Linic, and Eli Mandel will be part of the writing staff !!

After being seen at showcases at the iO and Second City theater’s over the summer, Gates, Linic, Mandel were chosen to join the writing staff of NBC’s legendary sketch comedy show.

Before getting the news, Alison was still performing regularly at iO with the legendary all-female improv ensemble, ‘Virgin Daiquiri’, Alan was performing with the iO’s ensemble “Lil’ Tooties” while at the same time performing in Second City’s E.T.C. 42nd revue, “Gaslight District”, and up until recently, Eli was performing with the iO team “Trash Daddiez”.

Congratulations! We are very proud of you!