McKinnon in February 2016
|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 comedian, actress, and voice actress. 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 Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the Ghostbusters reboot.
McKinnon is known for her character work and celebrity impressions. She is known for her impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian 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, winning one in 2016, 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. She was also a member of Prangstgrüp, a similar student comedy group who set up and recorded elaborate college pranks.
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 voice-over actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Bros., 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 Ghostbusters, alongside Melissa McCarthy, and 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). 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. She eventually won the very next year, becoming the first actor from SNL to win the award in many years.
She began appearing as Hillary Clinton on the series leading up to the 2016 presidential election. The real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch during the show's season 41 premiere. McKinnon has said that her impression of Hillary Clinton comes from a place of deep admiration, and that she "unequivocally want[s] [Clinton] to win" the 2016 US presidential election.
- Olya Povlatsky, a Russian woman who appears on "Weekend Update", the SNL sketch, and voices her opinions on current events, comparing them to the outrageous struggles she faces in her village.
- Sheila Sovage, 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!.
- Helga Lately, A Swedish TV presenter who speaks only in exaggeratedly Swedish-sounding gibberish, occasionally saying crude English words.
- Mrs. Rafferty, a middle-aged woman who recounts miraculous events that she experiences in an honest and realistic way, as opposed to the other participants in the sketch who describe the same event using flowery and vague language.
- Les Dykawitz, a lesbian cop from the 1970s who works for Chicago PD along with her partner, Chubina Fatzarelli, played by Aidy Bryant.
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- Iggy Azalea
- Ingrid Bergman
- Mary Berry
- Justin Bieber
- Cate Blanchett (as Carol in Carol)
- Kate Bolduan
- Susan Boyle
- Millie Bobby Brown (As Eleven in Stranger Things)
- Theresa Caputo
- Emilia Clarke
- Hillary Clinton
- Tabatha Coffey
- Kellyanne Conway
- Barbara Corcoran
- Penelope Cruz
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Robert Durst
- Edie Falco
- Jodie Foster
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Lindsey Graham
- Kaci Hickox
- 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
- Carice van Houten (as Melisandre in Game of Thrones)
- Greta Van Susteren
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 series 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 films such as Finding Dory (as Stan's fish wife) and The Angry Birds Movie (as Stella / Eva the Birthday Mom).
McKinnon is lesbian. McKinnon has a pet cat, Nino Positano, whom she jokingly refers to as her son. She does not currently participate publicly on any social media platform, citing a fear that she will "misrepresent her true feelings".
|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 role
|2015||Staten Island Summer||Mrs. Bandini Jr.|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Stella / Eva||Voice roles|
|2016||Finding Dory||Wife Fish||Voice role|
|2016||Ghostbusters||Dr. Jillian Holtzmann|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Mary||Post-production|
|2017||Rock That Body||Filming|
|2007–10||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|
|2010–11||Robotomy||Additional voices||5 episodes|
|2010–16||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||Main cast|
|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"|
|2014–15||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"|
|2015–16||Family Guy||Karen Griffin / Additional voices||2 episodes|
|2015–present||Nature Cat||Squeeks (voice)||19 episodes|
|2015||Moonbeam City||Panache Miller (voice)||Episode: "Lasers and Liars"|
|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|
|2013||EWwy Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|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||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Saturday Night Live for "Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)"||Nominated|
|2015||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Nominated|
|2016||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Won|
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Also a former fixture of the comedy scene is the dearly departed Prangstgrüp, which staged pranks and performances, kind of like Improv Everywhere. Kate 'McKinnon' Berthold of SNL was a member.
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