Vanessa Bayer

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Vanessa Bayer
Born (1981-11-14) November 14, 1981 (age 32)[1]
Orange, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 2009–present

Vanessa Bayer (born November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14))[1] is an American actress and comedian best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Early life[edit]

Bayer was born and raised in Orange, Ohio,[2] the daughter of Carolyn (née Polster) and Todd Bayer.[3] She graduated from Orange High School in 2000[4] and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in communications and French,[5] graduating in 2004. Her older brother Jonah is a music journalist and musician who has written for various music and guitar magazines, and has appeared as a music correspondent on Fuse TV, as well as being the guitarist for punk band United Nations.[6][7] Bayer had leukemia, fighting it throughout her childhood after being diagnosed with the disease at a young age.[3]


While attending college, Bayer interned on the television shows Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and participated in the cast of Bloomers, an all-female musical and sketch comedy troupe.[8] Bayer is of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and was part of the all-Jewish cast of Second City's stage show Jewsical: The Musical, a musical that presented a comedic take on Jewish life and culture.[9]

Bayer played the role of Kate Clark in the Chicago-based feature comedy Off the Cuff.

Bayer performed improvisational comedy at Chicago's ImprovOlympic, where she trained with SNL castmate Paul Brittain[2] as well as the Annoyance Theatre and Second City.[10]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Bayer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 25, 2010. After Kristen Wiig's departure, beginning with the 2012–2013 season, Bayer was promoted to a repertory status. Some of her recurring sketches include a parody of Fox & Friends, which she does with Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, as well as The Miley Cyrus Show, which she does with Jason Sudeikis. Her most recent recurring sketch is where she plays an ex-porn star who does ads for various products like diamond necklaces and champagne, which she does with Cecily Strong and the show's host. She also plays Rebecca Stern-Markowitz, the co-host of J-pop American Fun Time Now with Taran Killam and plays the character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She also plays Laura Parsons, a child actress who plays re-created mature movies (like The Social Network, Forrest Gump, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club) at SpotLightz Acting Camp for Serious Kids and Miss Meadows, a perky and eccentric poetry teacher attempting to teach poetry to delinquent students.

Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Off the Cuff Kate Clark
2010 Stages of Emily Jocelyn Short film
2012 Adventures in the Sin Bin Superdawg Waitress
2013 Despicable Me 2 Flight Attendant Voice role
2015 Trainwreck TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2010–Present Saturday Night Live Various Series regular
2011 I Wanna Have Your Baby Connie 1 episode
2013 The Mindy Project Mary 1 episode
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Susan Armhold 1 episode
Portlandia Various 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Vanessa Bayer - About - Saturday Night Live - NBC". Saturday Night Live. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Moynihan, Rob. "SNL's Fab Four", TV Guide, March 7, 2011, Pages 44-45
  3. ^ a b Vanessa Bayer from the Orange High School website
  4. ^ "'Saturday Night Live' regular Vanessa Bayer, a Moreland Hills native, returns home to perform Sunday at the Improv". Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  5. ^ "For Saturday Night Live’s Bayer, humor a family affair - Cleveland Jewish News: Entertainment". Cleveland Jewish News. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Penn Gazette | Alumni : Profiles". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ Posted on (2010-09-21). "Jonah Bayer". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ "All-Female Musical and Sketch Comedy at the University of Pennsylvania". Bloomers Comedy. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Jews in the News: Rachel Specter, Grammys & Barbra Streisand". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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