Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon
Born Kate McKinnon Berthold[1][2]
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 31)
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice actress, comedian
Years active 2006–present

Kate McKinnon Berthold[1][2] (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.[3]


Early life

McKinnon was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York.[1][4] She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect.[5][6][7] As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002[8] and from Columbia University in 2006, where she co-founded a comedy group, Tea Party, which focused on musical improv comedy.[1][2]


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.[9] Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.[10]

McKinnon is known for her strong character work[9] and celebrity impressions.[11] Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.[9][12] She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans.[10][12] In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.[13] She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.[9]

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,[14] 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).[15]

In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for an EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy, which was won by Cobie Smulders (coincidentally, the wife of fellow SNL cast member Taran Killam).[16] McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL.[17] In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,[18] as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song "Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)".[19]


  • 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, a lesbian volunteer at a Cat Shelter called Whiskers R We

Celebrity impressions



Year Title Role Notes
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  
2014 Life Partners Trace  
2014 Intramural Vicky  
2015 Giant Sloth Nina Short film
2015 Masterminds   Post-production
2015 Sisters   Filming
2016 Angry Birds (voice)  
2016 Ghostbusters    


Year Title Role Notes
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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Ashland Independent Film Festival Award Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature My Best Day Won
2014 American Comedy Award[21] Comedy Supporting Actress – TV Saturday Night Live Won
2014 Dorian Award[22] Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[23] Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Award[23] Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for "Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)" Nominated


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  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c Gay, Verne (29 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon joining 'SNL' cast". Newsday. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. Jump up ^ "Cast Bios: Kate McKinnon". NBC.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  4. Jump up ^ "Kate McKinnon Bio Repertory Player Saturday Night Live NBC". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. Jump up ^ "Columbia College Today". College.columbia.edu. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  6. Jump up ^ "Obituaries". Antonnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  7. Jump up ^ By Marcelle S. Fischler (2000-05-14). "LONG ISLAND JOURNAL; Impossibly Appealing Views of Main Street - New York Times". Long Island (Ny): Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. Jump up ^ "Kate McKinnon returning to North Shore High School for fundraiser". Newsday. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  9. ^ Jump up to: a b c d McGlynn, Katla (29 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon Joining 'SNL' As Featured Player". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Jump up to: a b Vary, Adam B. (30 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon to join 'Saturday Night Live'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  11. Jump up ^ "Kate McKinnon: Who is SNL's first open lesbian cast member?". The Week. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Jump up to: a b "Kate Mckinnon". Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  13. Jump up ^ Warn, Sarah (21 May 2009). "2009 NewNowNext Awards". AfterEllen. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  14. Jump up ^ Gilchrist, Tracy E. (April 8, 2012). "SNL's First Out Lesbian Featured Player Kate McKinnon Makes Splash with Penelope Cruz Pantene Sketch". SheWired. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  15. Jump up ^ Brantley, Ben (August 23, 1994). "Danitra Vance, 35, an Actress; Worked at Shakespeare Festival - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  16. Jump up ^ Bierly, Mandi (2013-09-13). "EWwy Awards 2013: Meet Your 10 Winners! | Photo 1 of 10". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  17. Jump up ^ Bendix, Trish (May 9, 2014). "Watch now! Kate McKinnon wins American Comedy Award - AfterEllen.com". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  18. Jump up ^ Jacobs, Matthew (July 10, 2014). "Emmy Nominations 2014: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black' Among Top Nominees". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  19. Jump up ^ http://www.emmys.com/bios/kate-mckinnon
  20. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Fallon, Kevin (November 21, 2013). "Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  21. Jump up ^ "Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards". Entertainment Weekly. May 9, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  22. Jump up ^ The Hollywood Reporter, January 9, 2013, by Gregg Kilday, "Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Announce Dorian Award Nominees"
  23. ^ Jump up to: a b [<http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/arts/television/2014-emmy-nominations-game-of-thrones-true-detective-among-the-honored.html?_r=0 "2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘True Detective’ Among the Honored"]. New York Times. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 

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