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Kate McKinnon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kate McKinnon
Born Kathryn McKinnon Berthold[1][2][3]
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 32)
Sea Cliff, New York, United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold[1][2][3] (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show.[4] She played Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.

McKinnon is known for her strong character work[5] and celebrity impressions.[6] She is known for her impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, politician Hillary Clinton[7] and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[8] She has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys, three for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Early life[edit]

Kate McKinnon Berthold was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York.[1][9] She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect.[10][11][12] She has a younger sister, Emily.[1][12] Her father died when she was 18 years old.[1][11]

As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002[13] and from Columbia University in 2006 with a theater major, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.[1][2]

Career[edit]

In 2007, McKinnon joined the original cast of Logo TV‘s The Big Gay Sketch Show, where she was a cast member for all three seasons.[5] Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.[14]

Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.[5][15] She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans.[14][15] In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.[16] She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.[5] In 2016, she starred in the reboot of Ghostbusters, alongside Melissa McCarthy, and fellow SNL cast alumnae Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.[17]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL‘s first openly lesbian cast member,[18][19] as well as the series’ third known gay cast member (after Terry Sweeney and Danitra Vance, the latter of whose sexual orientation was not made public until after her death).[20] She was promoted to repertory status in Season 39.

In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for an EWwy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.[21] McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL.[22] In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,[23] as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”.[24] She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the second time in 2015.[25]

She began appearing as Hillary Clinton on the show leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch during the show’s Season 41 premiere.[26]

Characters[edit]

  • Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman who appears on Weekend Update and voices her opinions on current events, comparing them to the outrageous struggles she faces in her village.
  • Sheila Sauvage, a heavily intoxicated woman at a bar who meets and hooks up with a heavily intoxicated man, played by the host, at closing time.
  • Deenie, aka “Somebody’s Mom,” a middle-aged woman who appears on Weekend Update and attempts to recap soap operas she’s been watching, but only knows the characters by self-applied nicknames, such as “Big Boobs” and “Mustache.” She is always (actually) eating some foul concoction out of Tupperware, such as brussels sprouts and imitation crab, which generally both revolts and breaks up anchor Colin Jost.
  • Jodi Cork, one of the hosts of Women in the Workplace.
  • Barbara DeDrew, a lesbian volunteer at a Cat Shelter called Whiskers R We.
  • Mrs. Santini, an apartment dweller who writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. Originally performed as Effie Villalopolus on Comedy Bang! Bang!.
  • A female TV presenter from Sweden conducting Helga Lately —similar to Chelsea Lately— where humour comes from the fact that people talk gibberish as if they were talking Swedish but actually they are only pronouncing in English specific words such as: meatballs, sex, bitch, or my vagina, giving to the public a surprise kind of humour.

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Other work[edit]

Aside from SNL, she also co-created and co-stars in the web series Notary Publix with her sister, Emily Lynne.[28][29] In addition to Aidy Bryant, who stars in the series, McKinnon’s SNL co-stars Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah and SNL writer Paula Pell all guest starred in the six-episode first season of the web series.[28]

In 2015, she appeared in a number of commercials for the Ford Focus.[30]

In 2016, she co-hosted 31st Independent Spirit Awards with Kumail Nanjiani.[31]

She has made appearances as a voice actress in shows like The Simpsons (as Hettie in season 27 episode 14 “Gal of Constant Sorrow“)[32] and Family Guy (a voice in season 14 episode 15 “An App a Day[33] and as Karen / Heavy Flo in season 14 episode 6 “Peter’s Sister“),[34] and movies such as Finding Dory (as the wife fish)[35] and The Angry Birds Movie (as Stella / Eva the Birthday Mom).[36]

Personal life[edit]

McKinnon is openly gay.[37] She once described her attempt to take up woodworking as a hobby, but did not describe the experience as a success.[38] McKinnon has a pet cat, Nino Positano,[39] whom she jokingly refers to as her son. She does not currently participate on any social media platform, citing a fear that she will “misrepresent her true feelings.”[40]

McKinnon stated that her Hillary Clinton impression comes from a place of deep admiration, and that she “unequivocally want[s] [Clinton] to win” the 2016 election.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mr. Ross Debby Short film
2011 Elizabeth Taylor’s Video Will Elizabeth Taylor Short film
2011 Pudding Face Amy Short film
2012 My Best Day Heather
2012 Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Nicky
2014 Life Partners Trace
2014 Balls Out Vicky
2015 Giant Sloth Nina (voice) Short film
2015 Ted 2 Herself Cameo
2015 Staten Island Summer Mrs Bandini Jr.
2015 Sisters Sam
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Stella / Eva (voices)
2016 Finding Dory[42] Wife Fish (voice)
2016 Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann
2016 Masterminds Jandice
2016 Office Christmas Party Mary Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2010 The Big Gay Sketch Show Various 23 episodes
2008 Mayne Street Olga Svenson Episode: “Parking Tickets”
2010 We Have to Stop Now Angela Episode: “Celesbianism”
2010 Concierge: The Series Mary 3 episodes
2010 Vag Magazine Bethany 6 episodes
2010–2011 Robotomy Additional voices 5 episodes
2010–present The Venture Bros. Nikki and Margaret Fictel / Additional voices 10 episodes
2011 The Back Room Susan Boyle Episode: “Todd Barry”
2011 The 40 Year-Old 20 Year-Old Kate 5 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 2 episodes
2012–present Saturday Night Live Various
2013 Toy Story of Terror PEZ Cat (voice) Television special
2013 Hudson Valley Ballers Just Jamie 2 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Effie Villalopolus Episode: “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots”
2014–2015 The Awesomes Lola Gold / Additional voices 7 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Dallas Boudreaux[43] Episode: “That’s Jazz”
2015 Difficult People Abra Cadouglas[44] Episode: “Pledge Week”[45]
2015 Family Guy Karen Griffin (voice) Episode: “Peter’s Sister” and “An App a Day”
2015–present Nature Cat Squeeks (voice)
2015 Moonbeam City Various (voices) Episode: “Lasers and Liars”, “The Wedding of Rad (Lie)”
2016 The Simpsons Hettie (voice) Episode: “Gal of Constant Sorrow

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 NewNowNext Awards[46] Brink of Fame: Comic Won
2010 ECNY Awards[5] Emerging Comic Award Nominated
2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival Award Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature My Best Day Won
2014 American Comedy Award[47] Comedy Supporting Actress – TV Saturday Night Live Won
2014 Dorian Award[48] Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[49] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[49] Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for “Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)” Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Pending

See also[edit]

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Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kate McKinnon
Born Kathryn McKinnon Berthold[1][2][3]
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 32)
Sea Cliff, New York, United States
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold[1][2][3] (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show.[4] She is cast as Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.

McKinnon is known for her strong character work[5] and celebrity impressions.[6] She is known for her impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, politician Hillary Clinton[7] and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[8] She has been nominated for three Primetime Emmys, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Early life[edit]

Kate McKinnon Berthold was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York.[1][9] She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect.[10][11][12] She has a younger sister, Emily.[1][12] Her father died when she was 18 years old.[1][11]

As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002[13] and from Columbia University in 2006 with a theater major, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.[1][2]

Career[edit]

In 2007, McKinnon joined the original cast of the Logo Network’s Big Gay Sketch Show, where she was a cast member for all three seasons.[5] Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.[14]

Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.[5][15] She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans.[14][15] In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.[16] She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.[5] In January 2015, she was cast in the reboot of Ghostbusters, in which she co-stars with fellow SNL cast alumni Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.[17]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL‘s first openly lesbian cast member,[18][19] as well as the series’ third known gay cast member (after Terry Sweeney and Danitra Vance, the latter of whose sexual orientation was not made public until after her death).[20] She was promoted to repertory status in Season 39.

In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for an EWwy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.[21] McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL.[22] In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,[23] as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”.[24] She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the second time in 2015.[25]

She began appearing as Hillary Clinton on the show leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch during the show’s Season 41 premiere.[26]

Characters[edit]

  • Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman who appears on Weekend Update and voices her opinions on current events, comparing them to the outrageous struggles she faces in her village.
  • Sheila Sauvage, a heavily intoxicated woman at a bar who meets and hooks up with a heavily intoxicated man, played by the host, at closing time.
  • Jodi Cork, one of the hosts of Women in the Workplace.
  • Barbara DeDrew, a lesbian volunteer at a Cat Shelter called Whiskers R We.
  • Mrs. Santini, an apartment dweller who writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. Originally performed as Effie Villalopolus on Comedy Bang! Bang!.
  • A female TV presenter from Sweden conducting Helga Lately —similar to Chelsea Lately— where humour comes from the fact that people talk gibberish as if they were talking Swedish but actually they are only pronouncing in English specific words such as: meatballs, sex, bitch, or my vagina, giving to the public a surprise kind of humour.

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Other work[edit]

Aside from SNL, she also co-created and co-stars in the web series Notary Publix with her sister, Emily Lynne.[28][29] In addition to Aidy Bryant, who stars in the series, McKinnon’s SNL co-stars Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah and SNL writer Paula Pell all guest starred in the six-episode first season of the web series.[28]

In 2016, she co-hosted 31st Independent Spirit Awards with Kumail Nanjiani.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mr. Ross Debby Short film
2011 Elizabeth Taylor’s Video Will Elizabeth Taylor Short film
2011 Pudding Face Amy Short film
2012 My Best Day Heather
2012 Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Nicky
2014 Life Partners Trace
2014 Balls Out Vicky
2015 Giant Sloth Nina (voice) Short film
2015 Ted 2 Herself Cameo
2015 Staten Island Summer Mrs Bandini Jr.
2015 Sisters Sam
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Stella / Eva (voices)
2016 Finding Dory[31] Inez (voice)
2016 Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann
2016 Masterminds Jandice
2016 Office Christmas Party Mary Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mayne Street Olga Svenson Episode: “Parking Tickets”
2010 We Have to Stop Now Angela Episode: “Celesbianism”
2010 Concierge: The Series Mary 3 episodes
2006–2010 The Big Gay Sketch Show Various 23 episodes
2010 Vag Magazine Bethany 6 episodes
2010–2011 Robotomy Additional voices 5 episodes
2010–present The Venture Bros. Nikki and Margaret Fictel / Additional voices 10 episodes
2011 The Back Room Susan Boyle Episode: “Todd Barry”
2011 The 40 Year-Old 20 Year-Old Kate 5 episodes
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Various 2 episodes
2012–present Saturday Night Live Various
2013 Toy Story of Terror PEZ Cat (voice) Television special
2013 Hudson Valley Ballers Just Jamie 2 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Effie Villalopolus Episode: “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots”
2014–2015 The Awesomes Lola Gold / Additional voices 7 episodes
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Dallas Boudreaux[32] Episode: “That’s Jazz”
2015 Difficult People Abra Cadouglas[33] Episode: “Pledge Week”[34]
2015 Family Guy Karen Griffin (voice) Episode: “Peter’s Sister
2015–present Nature Cat Squeeks (voice)
2015 Moonbeam City Panache Miller (voice) Episode: “Lasers and Liars”
2016 The Simpsons Hettie (voice) Episode: “Gal of Constant Sorrow

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 NewNowNext Awards[35] Brink of Fame: Comic Won
2010 ECNY Awards[5] Emerging Comic Award Nominated
2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival Award Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature My Best Day Won
2014 American Comedy Award[36] Comedy Supporting Actress – TV Saturday Night Live Won
2014 Dorian Award[37] Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[38] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[38] Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for “Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)” Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated

See also[edit]

KATE McKINNON

 

 

Born:

Kate McKinnon Berthold
January 6, 1984 in Sea Cliff, New York, USA

Filmography

 

 2016 Ghostbusters (post-production)
Jillian Holtzmann
 2016 The Angry Birds Movie (post-production)
Stella (voice)
 2015-2016 Nature Cat (TV Series)
Squeeks

Mud Love/Call It a Night (2016) … Squeeks
A Jump to Remember/Star Gazers (2016) … Squeeks
 2016 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Hettie

Gal of Constant Sorrow (2016) … Hettie (voice)
 2015-2016 Family Guy (TV Series)
Karen / Heavy Flo

An App a Day (2016) … (voice)
Peter’s Sister (2015) … Karen / Heavy Flo (voice)
 2012-2016 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Various / Hillary Clinton / Sheila Sovage / …

Larry David/The 1975 (2016) … Sturdy Barbie / Sheila Sovage / Various
Ronda Rousey/Selena Gomez (2016) … Various
Adam Driver/Chris Stapleton (2016) … Sen. Lindsey Graham / Noelle LeSoup / Various
 2015/III Sisters
Sam
 2015 Moonbeam City (TV Series)
Panache Miller

Lasers and Liars (2015) … Panache Miller (voice)
 2014-2015 The Awesomes (TV Series)
Lola Gold

Les Miserawesomes (2015) … (voice)
Villain-Tine’s Day (2015) … (voice)
Day of Awesomes, Part 2 (2014) … Lola Gold (voice)
Day of Awesomes, Part 1 (2014) … Lola Gold (voice)
Euro-Awesomes (2014) … Lola Gold (voice)
 2015 Difficult People (TV Series)
Abra Cadouglas

Pledge Week (2015) … Abra Cadouglas
 2015 The Spoils Before Dying (TV Mini-Series)
Dallas Boudreau

That’s Jazz (2015) … Dallas Boudreau
 2015/II Staten Island Summer
Mrs. Bandini Jr.
 2015 Ted 2
Kate McKinnon
 2015 China, IL (TV Series)
Sunshine

A Gentleman’s Bet (2015) … Sunshine
 2015 Prom Queen (Short)
Braces
 2015 Giant Sloth (Short)
Nina
 2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV Series)
Effie Villalopolus

 2013 Hudson Valley Ballers (TV Series)
Just Jamie

Lovers (2013) … Just Jamie
Best Friends (2013) … Just Jamie
 2013 Toy Story of Terror (TV Movie)
PEZ Cat (voice)
 2010-2013 The Venture Bros. (TV Series)
Nikki Fictel / Mrs. Fictel / Thalia / …

What Color Is Your Cleansuit? (2013) … Thalia / Nikki Fictel / Mrs. Fictel (voice)
From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story (2011) … Margaret Fictel / Nikki Fictel
Operation P.R.O.M. (2010) … Mailwoman
Everybody Comes to Hank’s (2010) … Nikki Fictel / Mrs. Fictel (voice)
 2012 Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (TV Series)
Voter / Ann Romney / Woman

Episode #3.2 (2012) … Voter
Episode #3.1 (2012) … Ann Romney / Woman
 2012 My Best Day
Heather
 2011 I Wanna Have Your Baby (TV Series)

 2011 Jest Originals (TV Series short)
Vomit Girl

Gatorade for Hangovers (2011) … Vomit Girl
 2011 The Back Room (TV Series short)
Susan Boyle

Todd Barry (2011) … Susan Boyle
 2011 Pudding Face (Short)
Amy
 2010-2011 Robotomy (TV Series)
Megawatt’s Mom / Flight Attendant / Nana / …

From Wretchnya with Love (2011) … Megawatt’s Mom / Flight Attendant (voice)
Nana’s Run (2011) … Nana / Snail Lady (voice)
El Presidente (2010) … Driver (voice)
No Child Left Benign (2010) … Mrs. Crunchite / Teary / Exploda (voice)
Bling Thing (2010) … (voice)
 2010 Mr. Ross (Video short)
Debby
 2010 Vag Magazine (TV Series)
Bethany

Revelling/Reckoning (2010) … Bethany
Living in Clip (2010) … Bethany
Swamp Ophelia (2010)
Reject All American (2010) … Bethany
Fumbling Toward Ecstasy (2010) … Bethany
 2006-2010 The Big Gay Sketch Show (TV Series)
Various

Episode #3.8 (2010) … Various
Episode #3.7 (2010) … Various
Episode #3.6 (2010) … Various
Episode #3.5 (2010) … Various
Episode #3.4 (2010) … Various
 2010 BP Spills Coffee (Video short)
Executive 3
 2010 We Have to Stop Now (TV Series)
Angela

Celesbianism (2010) … Angela
 2010 Diamonds Wow! (TV Series short)

 2010 Concierge: The Series (TV Series)
Mary
 2008 Mayne Street (TV Series)
Olga Svenson

Parking Tickets … Olga Svenson

Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon    

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kate McKinnon
Born Kate McKinnon Berthold[1][2]
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 32)
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present

Kate McKinnon Berthold[1][2] (born January 6, 1984), commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show.[3] She is cast as Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.

McKinnon is known for her strong character work[4] and celebrity impressions.[5] She is known for her impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, politician Hillary Clinton[6] and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.[7] She has been nominated for three Primetime Emmys, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.

Early life[edit]

Kate McKinnon Berthold was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York.[1][8] She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect.[9][10][11] She has a younger sister, Emily.[1][11] Her father died when she was 18 years old.[1][10]

As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002[12] and from Columbia University in 2006, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.[1][2]

Career[edit]

In 2007, McKinnon joined the original cast of the Logo Network’s Big Gay Sketch Show, where she was a cast member on the series for all three seasons.[4] Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.[13]

Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.[4][14] She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans.[13][14] In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.[15] She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.[4] In January 2015, she was cast in the reboot of Ghostbusters, in which she co-stars with fellow SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.[16]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL‘s first openly lesbian cast member,[17] as well as the series’ third known gay cast member (after Terry Sweeney and Danitra Vance, the latter of whose sexual orientation was not made public until after her death).[18]

In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for an EWwy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy.[19] McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL.[20] In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,[21] as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song “(Do It On My) Twin Bed”.[22] She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the second time in 2015.[23]

She began appearing as Hillary Clinton on the show leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch during the show’s Season 41 premiere.[24]

Characters[edit]

  • Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman who appears on Weekend Update and voices her opinions on current events, comparing them to the outrageous struggles she faces in her village.
  • Sheila Sauvage, a heavily intoxicated woman at a bar who meets and hooks up with a heavily intoxicated man, played by the host, at closing time.
  • Jodi Cork, one of the hosts of Women in the Workplace
  • Barbara DeDrew, a lesbian volunteer at a Cat Shelter called Whiskers R We
  • Mrs. Santini, an apartment dweller who writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. Originally performed as Effie Villalopolus on Comedy Bang! Bang!

Celebrity Impressions[edit]

Other work[edit]

Aside from SNL, she also co-created and co-stars in the web series Notary Publix with her sister, Emily Lynne.[25][26] In addition to Aidy Bryant, who stars in the series, McKinnon’s SNL co-stars Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah and SNL writer Paula Pell all guest starred in the six-episode first season of the web series.[25]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mr. Ross Debby Short film
2011 Elizabeth Taylor’s Video Will Elizabeth Taylor Short film
2011 Pudding Face Amy Short film
2012 My Best Day Heather
2012 Hannah Has a Ho-Phase Nicky
2014 Life Partners Trace
2014 Balls Out Vicky
2015 Giant Sloth Nina Short film
2015 Ted 2 Herself Cameo
2015 Sisters Sam
2016 Masterminds Jandice Post-production
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Stella (voice)
2016 Ghostbusters Jillian Holtzmann Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mayne Street Olga Svenson Episode: “Parking Tickets”
2010 We Have to Stop Now Angela Episode: “Celesbianism”
2006–2010 The Big Gay Sketch Show Various 23 episodes
2010 Vag Magazine Bethany 6 episodes
2010–2011 Robotomy Various voices 5 episodes
2010–2013 The Venture Bros. Various voices 4 episodes
2011 The Back Room Susan Boyle Episode: “Todd Barry”
2012 Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday Voter, Ann Romney, Woman 2 episodes
2012–present Saturday Night Live Herself, Various Main cast
2013 Toy Story of Terror PEZ Cat (voice) TV special
2013 Hudson Valley Ballers Just Jamie 2 episodes
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Effie Villalopolus Episode: “Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots”
2014 The Awesomes Lola “The Agravator” Gold (voice) Recurring role
2015 The Spoils Before Dying Dallas Boudreaux[27] Miniseries
2015 Difficult People Abra Cadouglas[28] Episode: “Pledge Week”[29]
2015 Family Guy Karen Griffin (voice) Episode: “Peter’s Sister
2015 Nature Cat Squeeks Voice
2015 Moonbeam City Panache Miller (voice) Episode: “Lasers and Liars”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival Award Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature My Best Day Won
2014 American Comedy Award[30] Comedy Supporting Actress – TV Saturday Night Live Won
2014 Dorian Award[31] Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[32] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[32] Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for “Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)” Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated