Kate McKinnon

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Kate McKinnon
BornKathryn McKinnon Berthold
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 30)
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active2006–present
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Kate McKinnon
BornKathryn McKinnon Berthold
(1984-01-06) January 6, 1984 (age 30)
Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active2006–present

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold[1][2] (born January 6, 1984), commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an Emmy Award-nominated[3] American actress and comedian, best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show.[4]

Early life[edit]

McKinnon was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York.[5][6] She is the daughter of Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect.[7][8][9] As a child, McKinnon played the piano, cello, and guitar. She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002[10] and attended Columbia University.[2]


In 2007, she 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.[11] Among her best-known characters was Fitzwilliam, a British boy whose only wish is to have a vagina.[12]

McKinnon is known for her strong character work[11] and celebrity impressions.[13] Since 2008, she has performed live sketch comedy regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City.[11][14] She has also worked as a voiceover actress, and has voiced characters for series such as The Venture Brothers, Robotomy, and Ugly Americans.[12][14] In 2009 McKinnon won a Logo NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.[15] She was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award in 2010.[11]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL's first openly lesbian cast member and third gay cast member overall.[16]

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).[17]

McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL.[18] On July 10, 2014, it was announced that she was nominated for two Emmy awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series[19] and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed).[20]


Celebrity impressions[edit]





  1. ^ Shuster, Yelena (March 2007). "One Funny Voice at a Time". Columbia College Today. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Gay, Verne (29 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon joining 'SNL' cast". Newsday. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.emmys.com/bios/kate-mckinnon
  4. ^ "Cast Bios: Kate McKinnon". NBC.com. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Columbia College Today". College.columbia.edu. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Kate McKinnon Bio Repertory Player Saturday Night Live NBC". Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Columbia College Today". College.columbia.edu. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Obituaries". Antonnews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Kate McKinnon returning to North Shore High School for fundraiser". Newsday. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  11. ^ a b c d McGlynn, Katla (29 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon Joining 'SNL' As Featured Player". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Vary, Adam B. (30 March 2012). "Kate McKinnon to join 'Saturday Night Live'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kate McKinnon: Who is SNL's first open lesbian cast member?". The Week. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Kate Mckinnon". Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Warn, Sarah (21 May 2009). "2009 NewNowNext Awards". AfterEllen. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Bierly, Mandi (2013-09-13). "EWwy Awards 2013: Meet Your 10 Winners! | Photo 1 of 10". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  18. ^ Bendix, Trish (May 9, 2014). "Watch now! Kate McKinnon wins American Comedy Award - AfterEllen.com". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ http://www.emmys.com/bios/kate-mckinnon

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