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]

Career[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

  • Brookie
  • Rebecca Stern-Markowitz
  • Jacob
  • Laura Parsons
  • Ms. Meadows

Celebrity impressions on Saturday Night Live[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Films[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

Television[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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". cleveland.com. 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". Upenn.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ Posted on (2010-09-21). "Jonah Bayer". Jonahbayer.wordpress.com. 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". Letmypeoplegrow.org. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ "NBC'S 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE' PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 25 WITH SNL ALUM AMY POEHLER & CHART-TOPPING MUSICAL GUEST KATY PERRY". NBC-Universal Press Release. September 17, 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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