Aidy Bryant's Answer To Her Boyfriend's Proposal: "Is This A Joke?"

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Allow me to introduce comedy's cutest couple: Aidy Bryant and Conner O'Malley. The two have been dating for almost nine years, they're adorable, and they just got engaged. Yay! Bryant, for those who don't know, is a regular performer on Saturday Night Live. O'Malley is more behind-the-scenes — for a time, he wrote for Late Night With Seth Meyers, and he regularly performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City with a group called The Law Firm. They are two funny people who love each other and that is delightful.
However, the perils of dating a comedian is that, well, sometimes everything feels like comedy. So, when O'Malley proposed to Bryant in October of 2016, Bryant was pretty sure it wasn't real.
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"I truly couldn't comprehend what was happening, and I just kept saying, 'Is this a joke?'" Bryant recalled on Late Night With Seth Meyers Thursday. "'Are you doing a joke?'"
The one thing that clued in a very confused Bryant was that her dog — who is, by the way, very cute — was wearing a bow tie. For Bryant, this was unusual.
"I walked in the door, and my dog had a bow tie on," Bryant said. She'd just come from Monday pitch meeting at SNL, where she'd just pitched Lin-Manuel Miranda. "I was like — my dog doesn't wear a bow tie. Where is he going tonight?"
"Basically as soon as I shut the door, a man — who I later discovered was Conner — frantically came around the corner and was just like, 'Will you marry me?'" As the story goes, O'Malley didn't bother with a box, getting on one knee, or any type of preamble. This was a bare-bones proposal with just a dog, a bow tie, and a ring. Or, in the words of Bryant herself: "Just a man standing in full terror very far from a dog in a bow tie, just holding a loose ring, going, 'Will you marry me?'"
The sweet part of the whole story is that O'Malley knew his future fiancée would want to be wearing a bra when she received the question.
"He was like, 'You've always said you wanted it to happen in our house, if it happened... but I also knew you probably wanted to be wearing, like, a bra and have makeup on." According to Bryant, these limitations gave O'Malley a very tiny window during which he could propose. "It's about a 40-second window before I get in the door and I rip off my mask."
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Presumably, just after the proposal, Bryant removed her mask anyway. (Because, really, how long does it take you after you get home from work to free yourself of your "work" appearance? I give myself, like Aidy, 40 seconds, tops.) And that's what we call romance.
Watch the full clip, below.
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