Gail Matthius (born January 14, 1953 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is an American actress and voice actress. She was a cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live during its critical and ratings low point at the time (the 1980-1981 season headed by Jean Doumanian), and co-anchored the Weekend Update segment with Charles Rocket in 1981.
Saturday Night Live
- Vicki, a Valley girl who, along with her friend, Debbie (played by Denny Dillon) annoyed people with their persistent questions and shallow statements.
- Roweena, a Midwestern-accented hairdresser who often has a neurotic, middle-aged woman named Nadine (played by Denny Dillon) as a frequent customer.
- Francis Lively, wife to Charles Rocket's Phil Lively, a fellow game show host who lives life at home as if it were just another game show.
- Brooke Shields, in a parody of the racy Calvin Klein TV ads that featured her.
- Irene Cara
- Nancy Reagan
- Mary Cunningham
Following her stint on SNL, Matthius appeared in the short-lived syndicated sketch comedy series Laugh Trax (which she revived her Valley Girl Vicki character). She has done a good deal of voice acting for animated shows, including Bobby's World (with Laugh Trax co-star Howie Mandel), Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and Bump in the Night, often using the voice of her Valley Girl and Roweena characters from Saturday Night Live (in characters such as Martha [who sounds like Roweena] and Kelly [who sounds like Valley Girl Vicki] Generic from Bobby's World and Shirley the Loon from Tiny Toon Adventures).
She also is a member of the Spolin Players Improv comedy troupe and acts as a drama and theater coach and teacher in Pacific Palisades, CA for various acting studios including Theatre Palisades. She continues to perform as an improv and drama theater actress to this day.
Charles Rocket as solo anchor
|Weekend Update Anchor
with Charles Rocket
Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross
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