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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
1Can play the guitar, cello, and piano.
2Attended Columbia University.
3Attended the same high school as SNL alum Michael McKean: North Shore High School in Glen Head, NY.
4Like 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 Body2017post-productionPippa
The Lunch WitchannouncedGrunhilda
Saturday Night Live2012-2017TV SeriesVarious / Hillary Clinton / Kellyanne Conway / ...
Family Guy2015-2016TV SeriesKaren / Heavy Flo
Office Christmas Party2016Mary
H.R. Holiday Rules2016ShortMary Winetoss
Masterminds2016/IJandice
Ghostbusters2016Jillian Holtzmann
Finding Dory2016Wife Fish (voice)
Maya & Marty2016TV SeriesHeidi Cruz
Angry Birds2016Stella / Eva the Birthday Mom (voice)
Nature Cat2015-2016TV SeriesSqueeks
The Venture Bros.2010-2016TV SeriesNikki Fictel / Warriana / Mrs. Fictel / ...
The Simpsons2016TV SeriesHettie
Sisters2015/IIISam
Moonbeam City2015TV SeriesPanache Miller
The Awesomes2014-2015TV SeriesLola Gold
Difficult People2015TV SeriesAbra Cadouglas
The Spoils Before Dying2015TV Mini-SeriesDallas Boudreau
Staten Island Summer2015/IIMrs. Bandini Jr.
Ted 22015Kate McKinnon
China, IL2015TV SeriesSunshine
Notary Publix2015TV Series
Prom Queen2015ShortBraces
Giant Sloth2015ShortNina
Comedy Bang! Bang!2014TV SeriesEffie Villalopolus
Balls Out2014Vicky
Life Partners2014Trace
Monkey Love2014TV Series voice
Hudson Valley Ballers2013TV SeriesJust Jamie
Above Average Presents2013TV Series
Falling for You2013TV MovieVeronica Jones
Toy Story of Terror2013TV ShortPEZ Cat (voice)
I Expect You to Die2013TV SeriesMary
Hannah Has a Ho-Phase2012Nicky
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday2012TV SeriesVoter / Ann Romney / Woman
UCB Comedy Originals2009-2012TV SeriesDefense Attorney / Katie
My Best Day2012Heather
I Wanna Have Your Baby2011TV Series
Jest Originals2011TV Series shortVomit Girl
The Back Room2011TV Series shortSusan Boyle
Pudding Face2011ShortAmy
Elizabeth Taylor's Video Will2011ShortElizabeth Taylor
Robotomy2010-2011TV SeriesMegawatt's Mom / Flight Attendant / Nana / ...
Mr. Ross2010Video shortDebby
Vag Magazine2010TV SeriesBethany
The Big Gay Sketch Show2006-2010TV SeriesVarious
BP Spills Coffee2010Video shortExecutive 3
We Have to Stop Now2010TV SeriesAngela
Diamonds Wow!2010TV Series short
Sex Drugs & the Hard Rock Cafe2010TV Short
Concierge: The Series2010TV SeriesMary
Hillary Clinton Apologizes2009ShortHillary Clinton
Mayne Street2008TV SeriesOlga Svenson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2012-2016TV Series performer - 16 episodes
Grand Theft Auto 32001Video Game performer: "Life Is But A Mere Supply"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Notary Publix2015TV Series creator - 2015
UCB Comedy Originals2012TV Series 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
Weekend Today2016TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Beers Player
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself
Made in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2016TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2016TV Series documentaryHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
The Graham Norton Show2016TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2016TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2013-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
31st Film Independent Spirit Awards2016TV MovieHerself - Co-Hostess
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2015TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special2015TV SpecialHerself / Justin Bieber
The Kennedy Center Honors2014TV SpecialHerself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Conan2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Comedy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHerself
New Now Next Awards2009TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside Edition2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Hillary Clinton
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHerself
Telenoche2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Hillary Clinton
Media Buzz2015TV SeriesHillary Clinton
Lego Dimensions2015Video GameJillian Holtzmann (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Christmas Special2014TV SpecialShakira Lorde Edie Falco ...
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special2014TV SpecialVarious
SNL Shorts2014TV MovieVarious (uncredited)
SNL Sports Spectacular2014TV MovieBilly Jean King (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season2014TV SpecialAngela Merkel Jessa Johansson Kris Jenner ... (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Christmas2013TV SpecialEdie Falco (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)
2014American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USABest Comedy Supporting Actress - TVSaturday Night Live (1975)
2012Special MentionAshland Independent Film FestivalSpecial Jury Mention for Acting Ensemble: FeatureMy 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
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)
2016Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsVariety PerformerSaturday Night Live (1975)
2016OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Female Performance in a Variety ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsVariety PerformerSaturday Night Live (1975)
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Female Performance in a Fiction ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSaturday Night Live (1975)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Original Music and LyricsSaturday Night Live (1975)· Eli Brueggemann (music)
· Chris Kelly (lyrics)
· Sarah Schneider (lyrics)
· Aidy Bryant (lyrics)
2014BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortToy 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
2014Wilde Wit of the YearGay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsVariety PerformerSaturday Night Live (1975)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Female Performance in a Fiction ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsBreakthrough Performer of the YearSaturday Night Live (1975)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Female Performance in a Fiction ProgramSaturday Night Live (1975)


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#Quote
1I 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.
2Getting recognized on the street is fine, but I never really wanted to be famous.
3I 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.
4If you asked me to seriously kiss someone on a screen, I would be very uncomfortable. But I will lick any part of your face.
5I 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.
6I started watching 'SNL' when I was thirteen or so; those were the Molly Shannon/Ana Gasteyer/Cheri Oteri years.
7For 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
1Dimple on right cheek

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