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Kate McKinnon

Biography

Known on her behalf work on the favorite comedy series THE BEST Gay Sketch Display and Saturday Evening Live, she also appeared in such motion pictures as Intramural and Life Companions. She was ensemble in the 2016 sci-fi/humor film Ghostbusters. Early in her profession, she performed at NY City’s famous Vertical Citizens Brigade Theater. She became known on her behalf comedic impressions of such superstars and public statistics as Hillary Clinton, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, Ann Romney, Edie Falco, Shakira, and Lorde. She went to Columbia University. She’s a young sister, fellow comedian Emily Lynne. She performed Hillary Clinton on Sunday Night Live through the 2016 presidential election.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kate McKinnon
Date Of Birth January 6, 1984
Place Of Birth Sea Cliff, NY
Profession Comedian
Education Columbia University, North Shore High School
Nationality American
Parents Michael Thomas Berthold, Laura Campbell
Siblings Emily Lynne Berthold
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite #Squad, People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Collaboration
Movies Ghostbusters, Office Christmas Party, Masterminds, Rough Night, Finding Dory, The Angry Birds Movie, Sisters, Balls Out, Life Partners, My Best Day, Hannah Has a Ho Phase, Staten Island Summer, Ferdinand, Ballerina, She Likes Girls 3
TV Shows The Awesomes, Robotomy, Saturday Night Live, The Big Gay Sketch Show, Nature Cat, Vag Magazine, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1 Can play the guitar, cello, and piano.
2 Attended Columbia University.
3 Attended the same high school as SNL alum Michael McKean: North Shore High School in Glen Head, NY.
4 Like Ellie Kemper and fellow Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members like Amy Poehler and Bobby Moynihan, she came up by working the Upright Citizens Brigade, Manhattan's improvisational comedy troupe, usually unpaid.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock That Body 2017 post-production Pippa
The Lunch Witch announced Grunhilda
Saturday Night Live 2012-2017 TV Series Various / Hillary Clinton / Kellyanne Conway / ...
Family Guy 2015-2016 TV Series Karen / Heavy Flo
Office Christmas Party 2016 Mary
H.R. Holiday Rules 2016 Short Mary Winetoss
Masterminds 2016/I Jandice
Ghostbusters 2016 Jillian Holtzmann
Finding Dory 2016 Wife Fish (voice)
Maya & Marty 2016 TV Series Heidi Cruz
Angry Birds 2016 Stella / Eva the Birthday Mom (voice)
Nature Cat 2015-2016 TV Series Squeeks
The Venture Bros. 2010-2016 TV Series Nikki Fictel / Warriana / Mrs. Fictel / ...
The Simpsons 2016 TV Series Hettie
Sisters 2015/III Sam
Moonbeam City 2015 TV Series Panache Miller
The Awesomes 2014-2015 TV Series Lola Gold
Difficult People 2015 TV Series Abra Cadouglas
The Spoils Before Dying 2015 TV Mini-Series Dallas Boudreau
Staten Island Summer 2015/II Mrs. Bandini Jr.
Ted 2 2015 Kate McKinnon
China, IL 2015 TV Series Sunshine
Notary Publix 2015 TV Series
Prom Queen 2015 Short Braces
Giant Sloth 2015 Short Nina
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2014 TV Series Effie Villalopolus
Balls Out 2014 Vicky
Life Partners 2014 Trace
Monkey Love 2014 TV Series voice
Hudson Valley Ballers 2013 TV Series Just Jamie
Above Average Presents 2013 TV Series
Falling for You 2013 TV Movie Veronica Jones
Toy Story of Terror 2013 TV Short PEZ Cat (voice)
I Expect You to Die 2013 TV Series Mary
Hannah Has a Ho-Phase 2012 Nicky
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday 2012 TV Series Voter / Ann Romney / Woman
UCB Comedy Originals 2009-2012 TV Series Defense Attorney / Katie
My Best Day 2012 Heather
I Wanna Have Your Baby 2011 TV Series
Jest Originals 2011 TV Series short Vomit Girl
The Back Room 2011 TV Series short Susan Boyle
Pudding Face 2011 Short Amy
Elizabeth Taylor's Video Will 2011 Short Elizabeth Taylor
Robotomy 2010-2011 TV Series Megawatt's Mom / Flight Attendant / Nana / ...
Mr. Ross 2010 Video short Debby
Vag Magazine 2010 TV Series Bethany
The Big Gay Sketch Show 2006-2010 TV Series Various
BP Spills Coffee 2010 Video short Executive 3
We Have to Stop Now 2010 TV Series Angela
Diamonds Wow! 2010 TV Series short
Sex Drugs & the Hard Rock Cafe 2010 TV Short
Concierge: The Series 2010 TV Series Mary
Hillary Clinton Apologizes 2009 Short Hillary Clinton
Mayne Street 2008 TV Series Olga Svenson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live 2012-2016 TV Series performer - 16 episodes
Grand Theft Auto 3 2001 Video Game performer: "Life Is But A Mere Supply"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Notary Publix 2015 TV Series creator - 2015
UCB Comedy Originals 2012 TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
Weekend Today 2016 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Beers Player
Today 2014-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Herself
Made in Hollywood 2016 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2016 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
The Graham Norton Show 2016 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2016 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
31st Film Independent Spirit Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - Co-Hostess
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2015 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Herself / Justin Bieber
The Kennedy Center Honors 2014 TV Special Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Conan 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Winner
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010 TV Series Herself
New Now Next Awards 2009 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Hillary Clinton
Live with Kelly and Michael 2016 TV Series Herself
Telenoche 2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Hillary Clinton
Media Buzz 2015 TV Series Hillary Clinton
Lego Dimensions 2015 Video Game Jillian Holtzmann (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Christmas Special 2014 TV Special Shakira Lorde Edie Falco ...
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special 2014 TV Special Various
SNL Shorts 2014 TV Movie Various (uncredited)
SNL Sports Spectacular 2014 TV Movie Billy Jean King (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season 2014 TV Special Angela Merkel Jessa Johansson Kris Jenner ... (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Christmas 2013 TV Special Edie Falco (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2014 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Best Comedy Supporting Actress - TV Saturday Night Live (1975)
2012 Special Mention Ashland Independent Film Festival Special Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: Feature My Best Day (2012) · Jo Armeniox
· Ashlie Atkinson
· Raúl Castillo
· Harris Doran
· Molly Lloyd
· Haley Murphy
· Robert Salerno
· Rachel Style

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2016 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Variety Performer Saturday Night Live (1975)
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Female Performance in a Variety Program Saturday Night Live (1975)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Variety Performer Saturday Night Live (1975)
2015 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program Saturday Night Live (1975)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Saturday Night Live (1975)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Saturday Night Live (1975) · Eli Brueggemann (music)
· Chris Kelly (lyrics)
· Sarah Schneider (lyrics)
· Aidy Bryant (lyrics)
2014 BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short Toy Story of Terror (2013) · Tom Hanks
· Tim Allen
· Joan Cusack
· Carl Weathers
· Timothy Dalton
· Stephen Tobolowsky
· Wallace Shawn
· Don Rickles
· Kristen Schaal
· Lori Alan
· Peter Sohn
· Dawnn Lewis
· Emily Hahn
· Ken Marino
2014 Wilde Wit of the Year Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2014 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Variety Performer Saturday Night Live (1975)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program Saturday Night Live (1975)
2013 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Saturday Night Live (1975)
2013 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program Saturday Night Live (1975)


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#Quote
1 I worked as a telemarketer for an SAT-prep company. That was the worst of it, because I had to call people in post-Katrina New Orleans and offer them this very, very expensive SAT class. And I'm not even a good salesman.
2 Getting recognized on the street is fine, but I never really wanted to be famous.
3 I only come up with things when I am talking to myself, which I do constantly. The sidewalk and the subway are the best places for this. I speak at full volume and then laugh at myself if I like what I just said.
4 If you asked me to seriously kiss someone on a screen, I would be very uncomfortable. But I will lick any part of your face.
5 I was very serene, and I still am, until I start talking in another voice, then suddenly I have a lot of volume and I'm frantic. But I didn't want to be one of those people who's always talking in accents in real life, so I started doing sketch comedy.
6 I started watching 'SNL' when I was thirteen or so; those were the Molly Shannon/Ana Gasteyer/Cheri Oteri years.
7 For an impression, I just find that I can do a lot of the people I love without much research, because I've already watched hours and hours of them on video and it seeped into my brain while I wasn't thinking about it.
8 [on playing "Vicky" in Balls Out (2014)] She's extraordinarily high- maintenance and spirited in all the wrong ways, but still genuinely confident in what she believes she deserves. I wanted to inject as much sweetness or likability as possible into this insane person. You see some characters like that on reality TV and just hate them. I wanted to see if I could play someone like that and make her not hate-able - to try to understand the humanity inside that behavior.

#Trademark
1 Dimple on right cheek

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