|Born||Kathryn McKinnon Berthold
January 6, 1984
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an Emmy Award-nominated American actress and comedian, best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show.
McKinnon was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York. She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect. As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002 and attended Columbia University.
In 2007, she 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. Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.
McKinnon is known for her strong character work and celebrity impressions. Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans. In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic. She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.
Saturday Night Live
McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL. On July 10, 2014, it was announced that she was nominated for two Emmy awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed).
- Olya Povlatsky, a Russian peasant woman who talks about her miserable life on Weekend Update
- Sheila Sovage, a gross, desperate woman who hooks up with the last man left at the bar during last call (played by episode hosts Louis C.K., Vince Vaughn, and John Goodman)
- Angela Merkel
- Jane Lynch
- Edie Falco
- Ann Romney
- Billie Jean King
- Barbara Walters
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Penelope Cruz
- Tabatha Coffey
- Theresa Caputo (from Long Island Medium)
- Barbara Corcoran
- Martha Stewart
- Jodie Foster
- Tilda Swinton
- Justin Bieber
- Angela Lansbury
- Jemima Kirke (as Jessa Johansson from Girls)
- The Big Gay Sketch Show, 2007–2010
- Robotomy, Mrs. Crunshine, "No Child Left Benign," 2010
- The Venture Bros., 2010–present
- Saturday Night Live, 2012–present
- Toy Story of Terror, 2013 (voice of PEZ Cat)
- Comedy Bang! Bang! (TV series), 2014
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