Kate McKinnon made history of a sort when she joined "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a featured player in 2012, as the first "out" lesbian to join the cast. (After 1985-86 cast member Danitra Va...
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Kate McKinnon made history of a sort when she joined "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) as a featured player in 2012, as the first "out" lesbian to join the cast. (After 1985-86 cast member Danitra Vance's death in 1994, it was revealed that she was also a lesbian.) Kate McKinnon Berthold was born in New York's Nassau County and raised on Long Island. After graduating from Columbia University, McKinnon started performing improv comedy in and around New York, eventually appearing regularly at the prominent Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, performing one-woman shows with titles like "Kate McKinnon On Ice." In 2007, she joined the cast of "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO 2007-2010), spending three seasons on the show honing her original characters and impressions. McKinnon joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in the spring of 2012, replacing featured cast member Paul Brittain, who had left the show suddenly earlier in the season. Seen by many as a designated replacement for the departing Kristen Wiig (another tall, pretty blonde woman with a manic comic persona), McKinnon was an immediate success on the show. Her specialty quickly became tightly wound characters with an antic edge, although impressions ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Shakira were part of her arsenal as well.
|Plays multiple musical instruments, including cello and guitar.|
|Has claimed in interviews that she comes up with her characters while talking to herself on the streets of New York.|
|"I have a very hard time playing the normal lady in a sketch. I have to rehearse a lot more. I try to study normal people and figure out how they'd say a particular line. The gross, weird stuff comes a lot more naturally." Huffington Post 9/24/2013|
|Never a member of Upright Citizens Brigade cast, McKinnon performed regularly at New York's UCB Theater starting in 2008|
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