Katie Rich

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Katie Rich
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationComedian, writer, actor
Spouse(s)Devlin Murdock (m. 2015)

Katie Rich is an American comedian, writer and actress best known for her work on Saturday Night Live.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rich was raised on the south side of Chicago, where she attended the grammar school St. Bede's, until her family moved to the suburb of Orland Park, Illinois.[2][3] She graduated from Carl Sandburg High School and Northwestern University.[4]


Early work[edit]

Rich began her career at Chicago's iO Theater,[5] where she was part of an opening act called "The Katydids", a group composed of six women whose nicknames were derived from Katherine. During her time at iO, Rich also performed in a sketch show that she created with fellow comedian Kate Duffy called The Mary Kay Letourneau Players Present.[6] She left iO to join The Second City, a comedy troupe with which she toured for three and a half years before moving to its mainstage cast.[7] While in the mainstage cast, Rich performed in the show South Side of Heaven, among others.[6]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

In December 2013, Rich was hired to write for Saturday Night Live. She was recommended for the job by SNL cast member Cecily Strong, a friend of Rich's who was her understudy during her time at The Second City.[5] Rich is one of four writers who work exclusively on SNL's Weekend Update segment.[5]

On January 20, 2017, following President Donald Trump's inauguration, Rich tweeted about Trump's youngest son, 10-year old Barron, saying he "will be this country's first homeschool shooter."[8] NBC quickly suspended Rich and had her name deleted from the Saturday Night Live closing credits.[9][10] After widespread criticism, Rich deleted the tweet and deactivated her account, reactivating it on January 23 with an apology for what she called her "insensitive" and "inexcusable" comments.[8] On January 26, 2017, Trump responded to Rich's tweet by calling Rich "terrible" and saying, "For them to attack, for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son ... It’s a disgrace."[11]

As of August 10, 2017, Rich had returned to SNL, credited as one of the writers on the SNL spinoff Weekend Update: Summer Edition.[12]


Rich has appeared in the films The Ice Harvest (2005) and Bad Johnson (2014).[5]


Rich has appeared in commercials for Discover Card and Walmart.[5]


In 2015, she and her fellow Saturday Night Live writers were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2015, Rich married Devlin Murdock, who worked at the Museum of Science and Industry[4] and later as a programs director for Recovery on Water, a rowing club for breast cancer survivors.[5] As of at least September 2015, she divides her time between New York City and Chicago.[5]

Rich has revealed that she suffers from anxiety and panic disorder.[14]


  1. ^ Greene, Morgan (March 9, 2017). "Dan Harmon, Scott Adsit to headline Chicago Improv Fest". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Parker, Claudia (2014). "My Funny Valentine". The Reporter. Palos Heights, Illinois. Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Heist, Lauren (May 28, 2015). "SNL Writer Katie Rich, of Orland Park, to Appear on Improv Nerd June 20". Patch.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-26. Katie Rich, a native of Orlando Park...
  4. ^ a b Gomez, Luis (April 27, 2014). "Interview: 'SNL' writer Katie Rich splitting her time between Chicago and New York". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on April 12, 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Menz, Nina (September 9, 2015). "Weekend Update writer Katie Rich likes the 'Night' life". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  6. ^ a b Heidemann, Jason A. (February 7, 2012). "Kate Duffy and Katie Rich: Two talented Kates present a new show". Time Out Chicago. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  7. ^ Evans, Bradford (December 2, 2013). "Katie Rich Hired to Write for 'SNL'". Splitsider.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  8. ^ a b Stanhope, Kate (January 23, 2017). "'Saturday Night Live' Writer Katie Rich Suspended After Controversial Barron Trump Tweet". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  9. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (January 23, 2017). "Katie Rich of 'S.N.L.' Is Suspended for Tweet Mocking Barron Trump". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017.
  10. ^ Yahr, Emily (January 23, 2017). "SNL writer suspended for Barron Trump tweet, writes apology: 'It was inexcusable'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 24, 2017. Scroll down to access archived version.
  11. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (January 26, 2017). "Trump Criticizes 'S.N.L.' Writer Who Joked About His Son Barron". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Rossi, Rosemary (August 12, 2017). "'SNL' Writer Suspended for Barron Trump Tweet Back at Work". TheWrap.com. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Hipes, Patrick; Andreeva, Nellie. "WGA TV Nominations: 'Better Call Saul', 'Mr Robot', 'Kimmy Schmidt' Lead Cable & Streaming Domination". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  14. ^ "Watch SNL's Katie Rich share her story at PeaceLove". PeaceLoveStudios.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-17.

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