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Melanie Kay Hutsell
August 2, 1968
Maryville, Tennessee, USA
|Occupation||Actress, Comedian, Writer|
|Years active||1990–1999, 2008–present|
Life and career
She began her career performing improv comedy at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago and starred in its production of The Real Live Brady Bunch in 1990. The comedic stage show consisted of eight actual episodes of the TV show The Brady Bunch, with Hutsell cast as Jan Brady. The company toured to New York City, where Hutsell was hired as a cast member for the seventeenth season of Saturday Night Live.
Hutsell was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1994. While on the show, she reprised her stage portrayal of Jan Brady for a series of Weekend Update and other sketch appearances, making it one of Hutsell's biggest characters while on the show. Other recurring characters included sorority pledge Di in a series of sketches about the sorority girls of Delta Delta Delta, which she starred in alongside fellow castmates Siobhan Fallon and Beth Cahill. Her memorable celebrity impressions on SNL included Tori Spelling, Charo, Monica Seles, Tammy Wynette, and Tonya Harding. Hutsell left SNL after three seasons in 1994.
After appearing in the film Can't Stop Dancing in 1999, Hutsell temporarily left show business to raise her children.
She returned from retirement in 2008, appearing in He's Such a Girl, a 2008 comedy also starring Ed Begley Jr. In May 2009, she appeared as a guest on Best Dishes with Paula Deen on the Food Network, where she appeared in character as Paula Deen's impersonator. She stated that she was making a comeback, focusing on writing. She played the role of Carol in the 2011 comedy hit Bridesmaids. In 2015, Hutsell attended the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live.
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