|Born||Kate McKinnon Berthold
January 6, 1984
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice actress, comedian|
Kate McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), commonly known 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.
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 three Primetime Emmys, two 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 (1951-2002), 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, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.
In 2007, McKinnon 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.
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 January 2015, she was cast in the reboot of Ghostbusters, in which she co-stars with fellow SNL cast members 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).
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 "Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)". She began appearing as Hillary Clinton on the show leading up the the 2016 Presidential election. The real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch during the show's Season 41 premiere.
- 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.
- 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!
- Justin Bieber
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Hillary Clinton
- Angela Merkel
- Ann Romney
- Jane Lynch
- Penelope Cruz
- Tabatha Coffey
- Jodie Foster
- Edie Falco
- Martha Stewart
- Billie Jean King
- Tilda Swinton
- Kris Jenner
- Kathleen Sebelius
- Robert Durst
- Iggy Azalea
- Jemima Kirke (as Jessa Johansson in Girls)
- Theresa Caputo
- Barbara Corcoran
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Diana Nyad
- Keith Urban
- Ingrid Bergman
- Janet Huckabee
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.
|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||Short film|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||(voice)|
|2008||Mayne Street||Olga Svenson||Episode: "Parking Tickets"|
|2010||We Have to Stop Now||Angela||Episode: "Celesbianism"|
|2006–2010||The Big Gay Sketch Show||Various||23 episodes|
|2010||Vag Magazine||Bethany||6 episodes|
|2010–2011||Robotomy||Various voices||5 episodes|
|2010–2013||The Venture Bros.||Various voices||4 episodes|
|2011||The Back Room||Susan Boyle||Episode: "Todd Barry"|
|2012||Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday||Voter, Ann Romney, Woman||2 episodes|
|2012–present||Saturday Night Live||Herself, Various||Main cast|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror||PEZ Cat (voice)||TV 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||The Awesomes||Lola "The Agravator" Gold (voice)||Recurring role|
|2015||The Spoils Before Dying||Dallas Boudreaux||Miniseries|
|2015||Difficult People||Abra Cadouglas||Episode: "Pledge Week"|
|2015||Family Guy||Peter's long-lost sister (voice)||Episode: "Peter's Sister"|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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