Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon Biography

Kate McKinnon Berthold (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.

Early life

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


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

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

Saturday Night Live

McKinnon debuted as a featured player on Saturday Night Live on April 7, 2012. She is SNL first openly lesbian cast member, as well as the series' third known gay cast member (after Terry Sweeney and Danitra Vance, the latter of whom's sexual orientation was not made public until after her death).

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). McKinnon won the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV for her work on SNL. In 2014 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics along with four of her colleagues for the song "Home for the Holiday (Twin Bed)".


  • 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)


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
2014 American Comedy Award Comedy Supporting Actress - TV Saturday Night Live
2014 Dorian Award Wilde Wit of the Year
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live for "Home For The Holiday (Twin Bed)"

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