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Melissa Villaseñor
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Villaseñor in Los Angeles, California in February 2012
BornWhittier, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
NationalityAmerican
Years active2010–present
Websitemelissavillasenor.com

Melissa Villaseñor (/ˌvjəsɪnˈjɔːr/ VEE-yə-sin-YOR) is an American actress, stand-up comedian and impressionist. She is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, having joined in the forty-second season in 2016.[1] Her other credits include voice work on several episodes of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes and Adventure Time and a contestant on the sixth season of America's Got Talent.

Career[edit]

Villaseñor was a semi-finalist in season 6 of America's Got Talent.[2] Previously, she was selected for the New Faces lineup in the 2010 Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. She has also done voice work for the animated shows Adventure Time, Family Guy and TripTank.[3] Villaseñor appeared on the second season of HBO's Crashing.[4]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Villaseñor was introduced as a featured player on the October 1, 2016, episode of SNL alongside Mikey Day and Alex Moffat.[5] Her debut was an impression of Sarah Silverman in the "Family Feud: Celebrity Edition" sketch.[5] Villaseñor is the second Latina cast member after Noël Wells, who is a quarter Mexican,[6] and the first Latina to be promoted to repertory status.[7] She was promoted to the cast of repertory players in season 44.[8]

She had previously auditioned for the show in 2009, when she was just 21 years old. She did a few impressions but was not hired that year. Instead, Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate were hired.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Villaseñor grew up in Whittier, California, and attended Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, California. She is of Mexican descent.[10][2] At fifteen, Villaseñor started stand-up at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp in Hollywood, California.[11]

After Villaseñor became a cast member of SNL in 2016, she deleted tweets she had previously written that some viewed as racist. Most of the tweets uncovered by media publications had been posted in 2010 and 2011. Villaseñor wrote tweets such as, "A bossy black lady at my temp looks exactly like steve erkel. Ugly". SNL and Villaseñor declined to comment on the alleged racism.[12][13][10]

Villaseñor has defended her tweets as "trying to be edgy," and said she didn't regret the deletions.[8] In 2018, she told Elizabeth Blair on Weekend Edition Saturday, "I'm flawed like everyone else, and yeah, I just wanted to make sure I was perfect."[8]

Celebrity impressions[edit]

Villaseñor describes herself as a comedian and impressionist.[14] She performed various impressions for America's Got Talent, as well as on First Impressions and her YouTube channel, including:

Her impressions on SNL include:

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It[39] Sara
2011 America's Got Talent[2] Herself/contestant Semi-finalist
2012 Family Guy[39] Nora Ephron (voice) Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
2012–16 Adventure Time[39] Various/Additional voices 11 episodes
2014–16 TripTank[39] Various (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Pickle and Peanut[39] Darla (voice) Episode: "Francine/Cell Phone Tree"
2015 Impress Me[40] Herself 2 episodes
2016 Laid in America[2] Ms. Hopkins
2016 Mary + Jane[41] Erin Episode: "420"
2016 First Impressions[42] Herself/contestant Episode: "Yvette Nicole Brown"
2016–present Saturday Night Live[39][8] Herself/various 69 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens[43] Julie, Adele (voice) Episode: "Jeff & Some Preteen Girls"
2017 F Is for Family[44] Additional voices 2 episodes
2017–19 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes[8] Potato, Punching Judy, Drupe, Gertie, Ginger, Mega Football Baby, Shy Ninja, Additional voices 13 episodes
2017 The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special[45] Additional voices TV Special
2018 Crashing[4] Herself Episode: "NACA"
2018 Barry[46] Waitress Episode: "Chapter One: Make Your Mark"
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet[47] Taffyta Muttonfudge (voice) Replaces Mindy Kaling
2018–19 American Dad![44] Various voices
2019 Toy Story 4[48] Karen Beverly (voice)
2019 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee[49] Herself Episode: "Melissa Villaseñor"
TBA Hubie Halloween[50] Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilstein, Matt (September 12, 2016). "SNL's First Latina Cast Member Melissa Villaseñor Is an Impression Machine". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Andrews, Travis M. (September 23, 2016). "Melissa Villaseñor, of 'America's Got Talent' fame, becomes SNL's first Latina cast member". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Slead, Evan (September 12, 2016). "Who is Melissa Villaseñor? Get to know SNL's newest cast member". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b White, Chad (February 26, 2018). ""NACA" Crashing Review". C+ Comedy. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Evans, Greg (October 2, 2016). "'SNL' Surprise: Newcomers Mikey Day, Alex Moffat & Melissa Villaseñor Actually Make Good, Strong Impressions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  6. ^ https://www.laweekly.com/snl-hires-its-first-latina-cast-member-and-shes-from-l-a/ LA Weekly
  7. ^ Villafañe, Veronica (September 30, 2016). "SNL Starts New Season With Debut Of First Latina Cast Member, Latino Writer And Lin-Manuel Miranda". Forbes. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d e Blair, Elizabeth (September 29, 2018). "A Top Impressionist, Melissa Villaseñor Is Finding Her Own Voice On 'SNL'". NPR. Weekend Edition Saturday. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ep 12 - Comedy and Depression | SNL's Melissa Villasenor". YouTube. The Gray Escape. March 10, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Blay, Zeba (September 23, 2016). "First 'SNL' Latina Cast Member Caught Deleting Racist Tweets". HuffPost. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Staff. "Melissa Villasenor". USA Network. USA Network. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "'SNL's' Latina Cast Member Controversy: Melissa Villaseñor Deleted Racist Tweets". IndieWire. September 24, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  13. ^ Jones, Marcus (September 22, 2016). "The First Latina "SNL" Cast Member Has Been Deleting Offensive Tweets". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Impressions". melissavillasenor.com.
  15. ^ a b America's Got Talent (June 7, 2011). "Celebrity Impressions - Melissa Villasenor - America's Got Talent Audition - Season 6" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Más Mejor (February 10, 2016). "Owen Wilson - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Más Mejor (June 8, 2016). "Jennifer Lopez - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Más Mejor (May 25, 2016). "Kristen Wiig - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  19. ^ Más Mejor (January 20, 2016). "Hillary Clinton - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Más Mejor (January 27, 2016). "Gwen Stefani - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ Más Mejor (February 3, 2016). "Sonia Sotomayor - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (March 9, 2015). "Whitney Cummings has caught me! - Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (February 9, 2015). "Sia Impression" – via YouTube.
  24. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (January 5, 2011). "Zooey to the rescue!!! - Melissa Villasenor" – via YouTube.
  25. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (August 24, 2015). "Kate Micucci Impression" – via YouTube.
  26. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (September 7, 2015). "Gloria Estefan Impression" – via YouTube.
  27. ^ "Meet the New 'SNL' Castmembers: Who are Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor?". The Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ "Stranger Things – SNL". Saturday Night Live. October 9, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ "Great British Bake Off – SNL". Saturday Night Live. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ a b c d e f "Zoo-opolis Voice Actors – SNL". Saturday Night Live. March 5, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ "Bedroom – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via YouTube.
  32. ^ "Celebrity Family Feud: Super Bowl Edition – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 5, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  33. ^ "Morning Joe - Wedding – SNL". Saturday Night Live. December 1, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2019 – via YouTube.
  34. ^ "2020 Democratic Debate – SNL". Saturday Night Live. 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via YouTube. Text " November 24, 2019" ignored (help)
  35. ^ "Masked Singer – SNL". Saturday Night Live. December 21, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020 – via YouTube.
  36. ^ "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  37. ^ "The Chaos President – SNL". Saturday Night Live. September 30, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  38. ^ Truitt, Brian (May 5, 2019). "SNL' pits 'Avengers: Endgame' vs. 'Game of Thrones' on hilarious 'Family Feud'". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  39. ^ a b c d e f Jones, Adrienne (September 12, 2016). "SNL Just Added Two More Brand New Cast Members". Cinema Blend. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  40. ^ "Impress Me (2015–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  41. ^ "Mary + Jane (2016–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  42. ^ "First Impressions with Dana Carvey Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  43. ^ "Jeff & Some Aliens (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  44. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (June 14, 2018). "SNL's Melissa Villaseñor Signs With WME". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  45. ^ "The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special (2017) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  46. ^ Serota, Maggie (March 26, 2018). "HBO's Barry Plays on the Subtler Charms of Bill Hader". Spin. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  47. ^ Desta, Yohana (November 21, 2018). "Ralph Breaks the Internet's Cast List Is Full of Fun, Surprising Easter Eggs". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  48. ^ DeBruge, Peter (June 13, 2019). "Film Review: 'Toy Story 4'". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  49. ^ Guzmán, Rafer (July 19, 2019). "'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' review: Affable entertainment from Jerry Seinfeld and pals". Newsday. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  50. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.

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