Cecily Strong plays “Claire from HR,” a woman whose rage and exasperation are incredibly relatable.
“It’s been a crazy week,” Cecily Strong’s newest SNL character said, rolling onto the Weekend Update set with a stray receipt on her face and frantic glint in her eye. “I haven’t been home in three days.” Her panic is understandable when you realize she’s playing an HR rep trying desperately to stay ahead of the wave (after wave, after wave) of sexual harassment and assault cases crowding the news.
“I’m just here to do a little quiz,” she told Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost, shuffling some papers. “First question is about office romance, not a big deal, we know it all happens. So what is the appropriate way to handle a workplace relationship? A, inform someone at HR? B, lock her in a room and make her look at it? Or C, bully her out of the entire industry?”
“I’m going to say A,” Jost replied, to Strong’s immediate relief.
Then she was onto the second question, featuring a visual aid of a woman in a business professional outfit. “You run into your coworker at the office. Is she, A, giving you a seductive look that says hey come get this? B, she said no in the past but that little skirt is saying yes, yes, me horny? Or C, she is living her life and it has nothing to do with you?”
“I’m going to say C,” Jost said, prompting Strong to immediately shout, “YES, LEAVE HER ALONE.”
“I’m sorry, are you mad at me?” Jost said, laughing nervously.
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