|Born||Kathryn McKinnon Berthold
January 6, 1984
Sea Cliff, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, comedian|
Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She played Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters.
McKinnon is known for her strong character work and celebrity impressions. She is known for her impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres, politician Hillary Clinton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys, three for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.
Kate McKinnon Berthold 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. She has a younger sister, Emily. Her father died when she was 18 years old.
As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002 and from Columbia University in 2006 with a theater major, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.
In 2007, McKinnon joined the original cast of Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show, where she was a cast member for all three seasons. Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.
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. In 2016, she starred in the reboot of Ghostbusters, alongside Melissa McCarthy, and fellow SNL cast alumnae Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones.
Saturday Night Live
McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL's first openly lesbian cast member, as well as the series' third known gay cast member (after Terry Sweeney and Danitra Vance, the latter of whose sexual orientation was not made public until after her death). She was promoted to repertory status in Season 39.
In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for an EWwy for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy. McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL. In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song "(Do It On My) Twin Bed". She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the second time in 2015.
- Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman who appears on Weekend Update and voices her opinions on current events, comparing them to the outrageous struggles she faces in her village.
- Sheila Sauvage, a heavily intoxicated woman at a bar who meets and hooks up with a heavily intoxicated man, played by the host, at closing time.
- Deenie, aka "Somebody's Mom," a middle-aged woman who appears on Weekend Update and attempts to recap soap operas she's been watching, but only knows the characters by self-applied nicknames, such as "Big Boobs" and "Mustache." She is always (actually) eating some foul concoction out of Tupperware, such as brussels sprouts and imitation crab, which generally both revolts and breaks up anchor Colin Jost.
- Jodi Cork, one of the hosts of Women in the Workplace.
- Barbara DeDrew, a lesbian volunteer at a Cat Shelter called Whiskers R We.
- Mrs. Santini, an apartment dweller who writes passive-aggressive notes to her neighbors. Originally performed as Effie Villalopolus on Comedy Bang! Bang!.
- A female TV presenter from Sweden conducting Helga Lately —similar to Chelsea Lately— where humour comes from the fact that people talk gibberish as if they were talking Swedish but actually they are only pronouncing in English specific words such as: meatballs, sex, bitch, or my vagina, giving to the public a surprise kind of humour.
- Iggy Azalea
- Ingrid Bergman
- Justin Bieber
- Kate Bolduan
- Susan Boyle
- Theresa Caputo
- Emilia Clarke
- Hillary Clinton
- Tabatha Coffey
- Barbara Corcoran
- Penelope Cruz
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Robert Durst
- Edie Falco
- Jodie Foster
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Lindsey Graham
- Janet Huckabee
- Kris Jenner
- Billie Jean King
- Jemima Kirke (as Jessa Johansson in Girls)
- Jane Lynch
- Angela Merkel
- Diana Nyad
- Ann Romney
- Kathleen Sebelius
- Ed Sheeran
- Dame Maggie Smith
- Martha Stewart
- Tilda Swinton
- Keith Urban
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
- Greta Van Susteren
- Cate Blanchett (as Carol in Carol)
Aside from SNL, she also co-created and co-stars in the web series Notary Publix with her sister, Emily Lynne. In addition to Aidy Bryant, who stars in the series, McKinnon's SNL co-stars Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah and SNL writer Paula Pell all guest starred in the six-episode first season of the web series.
She has made appearances as a voice actress in shows like The Simpsons (as Hettie in season 27 episode 14 "Gal of Constant Sorrow") and Family Guy (a voice in season 14 episode 15 "An App a Day" and as Karen / Heavy Flo in season 14 episode 6 "Peter's Sister"), and movies such as Finding Dory (as the wife fish) and The Angry Birds Movie (as Stella / Eva the Birthday Mom).
McKinnon is openly gay. She once described her attempt to take up woodworking as a hobby, but did not describe the experience as a success. McKinnon has a pet cat, Nino Positano, whom she jokingly refers to as her son. She does not currently participate on any social media platform, citing a fear that she will "misrepresent her true feelings."
McKinnon stated that her Hillary Clinton impression comes from a place of deep admiration, and that she "unequivocally want[s] [Clinton] to win" the 2016 election.
|2010||Mr. Ross||Debby||Short film|
|2011||Elizabeth Taylor's Video Will||Elizabeth Taylor||Short film|
|2011||Pudding Face||Amy||Short film|
|2012||My Best Day||Heather|
|2012||Hannah Has a Ho-Phase||Nicky|
|2015||Giant Sloth||Nina (voice)||Short film|
|2015||Staten Island Summer||Mrs Bandini Jr.|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Stella / Eva (voices)|
|2016||Finding Dory||Wife Fish (voice)|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Mary||Post-production|
|2007–2010||The Big Gay Sketch Show||Various||23 episodes|
|2008||Mayne Street||Olga Svenson||Episode: "Parking Tickets"|
|2010||We Have to Stop Now||Angela||Episode: "Celesbianism"|
|2010||Concierge: The Series||Mary||3 episodes|
|2010||Vag Magazine||Bethany||6 episodes|
|2010–2011||Robotomy||Additional voices||5 episodes|
|2010–present||The Venture Bros.||Nikki and Margaret Fictel / Additional voices||10 episodes|
|2011||The Back Room||Susan Boyle||Episode: "Todd Barry"|
|2011||The 40 Year-Old 20 Year-Old||Kate||5 episodes|
|2012||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Various||2 episodes|
|2012–present||Saturday Night Live||Various|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror||PEZ Cat (voice)||Television special|
|2013||Hudson Valley Ballers||Just Jamie||2 episodes|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Effie Villalopolus||Episode: "Nick Offerman Wears a Green Flannel Shirt & Brown Boots"|
|2014–2015||The Awesomes||Lola Gold / Additional voices||7 episodes|
|2015||The Spoils Before Dying||Dallas Boudreaux||Episode: "That's Jazz"|
|2015||Difficult People||Abra Cadouglas||Episode: "Pledge Week"|
|2015||Family Guy||Karen Griffin (voice)||Episode: "Peter's Sister" and "An App a Day"|
|2015–present||Nature Cat||Squeeks (voice)|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Various (voices)||Episode: "Lasers and Liars", "The Wedding of Rad (Lie)"|
|2016||The Simpsons||Hettie (voice)||Episode: "Gal of Constant Sorrow"|
Awards and nominations
|2009||NewNowNext Awards||Brink of Fame: Comic||Won|
|2010||ECNY Awards||Emerging Comic Award||Nominated|
|2012||Ashland Independent Film Festival Award||Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature||My Best Day||Won|
|2014||American Comedy Award||Comedy Supporting Actress – TV||Saturday Night Live||Won|
|2014||Dorian Award||Wilde Wit of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Saturday Night Live for "Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)"||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Pending|
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