Ana Gasteyer

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Ana Gasteyer
Born Ana Kristina Gasteyer
(1967-05-04) May 4, 1967 (age 47)
Washington, D.C., US
Alma mater Northwestern University (B.A., 1989)[1]
Occupation Actress, Singer, Comedienne
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Charlie McKittrick

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She is best known as a cast member on the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002 and for co-starring as Sheila Shay on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory.

Early life[edit]

Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who later became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico.[2][3] Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek.[3] She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University. While a teenager, she was a talking head on an uncommercial segment (“What is a friend?” Her answer: “Someone you can be weird with.”) of the short-lived PBS show Powerhouse. During her freshman year, she lived on the fourth floor of Willard Residential College on campus and majored in voice. She later became a theater major.


Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the famed Los Angeles improvsketch comedy group The Groundlings. She played small roles on Seinfeld (as a doomed customer of The Soup Nazi), as well as on the shows Party of Five, Frasier, Hope & Gloria and NYPD Blue. In 1996 Gasteyer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Among her most popular characters were high school music teacher Bobbie Mohan-Culp, National Public Radio Delicious Dish host Margaret Jo McCullen, Lilith Festival feminist singer Cinder Calhoun, and her impression of Martha Stewart. In 2000, she and Chris Parnell auditioned to succeed Colin Quinn as co-anchors of the news parody segment Weekend Update, but the positions ultimately went to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.[4]

After six seasons, Gasteyer left SNL in 2002. Since then, she has appeared in various television programs and films as well as in stage productions. In 2004, Gasteyer played the mother of the main character Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in the feature film Mean Girls, written by SNL castmate Tina Fey. The film also featured other former SNL castmates, including Fey, Tim Meadows, and Amy Poehler. She also appeared in the 2005 Showtime movie musical Reefer Madness as Mae, the doomed girlfriend of Jack and owner of the Reefer Den.

Gasteyer starred in a revival of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway as Mrs. Peachum, along with Jim Dale, Alan Cumming, and Cyndi Lauper. The production ran from March 24 through June 25, 2006.[5][6]

On June 24, 2005, Gasteyer originated the role of Elphaba in the Chicago sit-down production of the musical Wicked. The production opened July 13, 2005. Gasteyer was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her performance.[7] She played her final performance on January 22, 2006, replaced by her standby Kristy Cates. She later reprised the role in the Broadway production from October 10, 2006, through January 7, 2007.[8]

On April 12, 2007, it was announced that Gasteyer has joined the cast of the new musical, Writing Arthur, for the 2007 New Works Festival for TheatreWorks in California which ran from April 14–22. Gasteyer performed in Chicago in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from October 2, 2007 to November 11, 2007.[9]

She was originally cast as Gloria in the Encores! Summer Series production of Damn Yankees, but due to injury during rehearsals, she was replaced by Megan Lawrence.[10] Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of "The First Wives Club."[11]

She starred as Kitty Dean in the Broadway play, The Royal Family which began performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 15, 2009 and officially opened on October 8, 2009.[12] The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009.[13] Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19–22, 2009.[14]

She returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, and for another Mother's Day episode on May 11, 2012 [15]

Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.

From 2011 to 2014, Gasteyer co-starred as Sheila Shay on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, and as of March 2013, she was a spokeswoman for the Weight Watchers diet plan.

In 2014, taking advantage of her training as a singer, Gasteyer recorded and released I'm Hip, an album of jazz standards. "One Mint Julep" was one of the selections it included.

In 2014, Gastayer appeared in season 2 of The Goldbergs as the drama teacher, Miss Cinoman.

On September 30, 2014, Gastayer released her first album under Henry's Girl Records.

On January 6, 2015 Gasteyer guest starred on Fox's The Mindy Project

Personal life[edit]

Gasteyer and her husband, Charlie, have two children, a daughter, Frances, born in June 2002, and a son, Ulysses, born in March 2008.

Saturday Night Live characters[edit]

Original characters[edit]

Celebrity impressions[edit]



Title Role Year
A Small Domain Mother 1996
Courting Courtney Rosemary Colletti 1997
Meet the Deedles Mel 1998
Dick Rose Mary Woods 1999
Woman on Top Claudia Hunter 2000
What Women Want Sue Cranston 2000
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Ann Marie 2001
Mean Girls Cady's Mum 2004
Reefer Madness: The Musical Mae Coleman 2005
The Procedure Denise 2007
Finn on the Fly Dr. Madsen 2008
The Women Pat 2008
Dare Ruth Berger 2009
That's My Boy Mrs. Ravensdale 2012
Fun Size Jackie Leroux 2012
Robot & Frank Shop lady 2012
Rapture-Palooza Mrs. Lewis 2013
Geography Club Mrs. Toles 2013


Title Character Episodes Year
Seinfeld Woman 1 episode 1995
Saturday Night Live Various 121 1996-2002
Hope and Gloria Girl 1 episode 1996
Party of Five Emcee 1 episode 1996
NYPD Blue Angie 1 episode 1996
Law & Order Monica's Social Worker 1 episode 1998
Just Shoot Me! April 1 episode 1998
Mad About You Yoga Woman 1 episode 1998
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Brand 1 episode 2000
Geppetto Sra. Giovanni TV musical 2000
TV Funhouse Various 3 episodes 2000-2001
Frasier Trish Haney 1 episode 2002
I'm with Her Bonnie 1 episode 2003
Valentine Mona McAllister 1 episode 2009
The Electric Company Sandy Scrambler 1 episode 2009
Chuck Dasha 1 episode 2010
Running Wilde Anna Lowry 1 episode 2010
The Good Wife Judge Patrice Lessner 3 episodes 2010-2011
Curb Your Enthusiasm Jennifer 2 episodes 2011
Suburgatory Sheila Shay series regular 2011-2014
The Goldbergs Miss Cinoman 2 episodes 2014


  1. ^ Taubeneck, Anne, "The Good Wicked Witch", Northwestern Magazine, Winter 2005, Northwestern University
  2. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Biography (1967-)". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  3. ^ a b Ohnuma, Keiko (February 21, 2009). "Featured Artist: Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer". Sandoval Signpost. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Joins Threepenny Opera Alongside Dale, Cumming, Falco and McKay". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  6. ^ "The Threepenny Opera Begins Final Performance Week, 6/20". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Q&A with Ana Gasteyer". 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  8. ^ "Green Again! Ana Gasteyer to Join Broadway's Wicked in October". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Brazier, Gasteyer, Voytko Are Passion's Trio in Chicago, Oct. 2-Nov. 11". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  10. ^ "Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer in Encores! Damn Yankees". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Lenox, Carmello, Gasteyer, Oscar, Dossett, Harris and More Sing First Wives Club in NYC". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  12. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Joins Cast of Broadway's Royal Family". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  13. ^ "Royal Family Ends Its Broadway Reign Dec. 13". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  14. ^ "Gasteyer, Knight, Kudisch, Diamantopoulos and Newton Will Be Girl Crazy at Encores!". Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  15. ^ "STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)". 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 

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