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Ana Gasteyer
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Gasteyer in 2018
Ana Kristina Gasteyer

(1967-05-04) May 4, 1967 (age 53)[1]
Alma materNorthwestern University (B.A., 1989)[2]
OccupationComedian • Actress • Singer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Charlie McKittrick

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American comedian, actress and singer. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002. She has since starred in such sitcoms as ABC's Suburgatory, Netflix's Lady Dynamite, and TBS's People of Earth.

Early life

Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C.,[3] the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico.[4][5] Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek.[5] She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University School of Communication (1989).[6]


Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the Los Angeles improvsketch comedy group The Groundlings. She played small roles on Seinfeld (as a doomed customer of The Soup Nazi), as well as on the shows Party of Five, Frasier, Hope & Gloria and NYPD Blue. In 1996, Gasteyer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Among her most popular characters were high school music teacher Bobbie Mohan-Culp, National Public Radio Delicious Dish host Margaret Jo McCullen, Lilith Fair feminist singer Cinder Calhoun, and her impressions of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. In 2000, she and Chris Parnell auditioned to succeed Colin Quinn as co-anchors of the news parody segment Weekend Update, but the positions ultimately went to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.[7]

After six seasons, Gasteyer left SNL in 2002. Subsequently, she appeared in various television programs, films and stage productions. In 2004, Gasteyer played the mother of the main character Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) in the feature film Mean Girls, written by SNL castmate Tina Fey. The film also featured other former SNL castmates, including Fey, Tim Meadows, and Amy Poehler. She also appeared in the 2005 Showtime movie musical Reefer Madness as Mae, the doomed girlfriend of Jack and owner of the Reefer Den.

Gasteyer starred in a revival of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway as Mrs. Peachum, along with Jim Dale, Alan Cumming, and Cyndi Lauper. The production ran from March 24 through June 25, 2006.[8][9]

On June 24, 2005, Gasteyer originated the role of Elphaba in the Chicago sit-down production of the musical Wicked. The production opened July 13, 2005. Gasteyer was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her performance.[10] She played her final performance on January 22, 2006, replaced by her standby Kristy Cates. She later reprised the role in the Broadway production from October 10, 2006, through January 7, 2007.[11]

On April 12, 2007, the media announced that Gasteyer had joined the cast of the then new musical, Writing Arthur, for the 2007 New Works Festival for TheatreWorks in California, which ran from April 14 to April 22. Gasteyer performed in Chicago in the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion at Chicago Shakespeare Theater from October 2, 2007 to November 11, 2007.[12]

She was originally cast as Gloria in the Encores! Summer Series production of Damn Yankees, but due to injury during rehearsals, she was replaced by Megan Lawrence.[13] Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of The First Wives Club.[14]

She starred as Kitty Dean in the Broadway play, The Royal Family which began performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 15, 2009 and officially opened on October 8, 2009.[15] The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009.[16] Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19 to November 22, 2009.[17]

She returned to Saturday Night Live for a special Mother's Day episode on May 8, 2010, and for another Mother's Day episode on May 11, 2012.[18]

Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.[19]

From 2011 to 2014, Gasteyer co-starred as Sheila Shay on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory, and as of March 2013, she was a spokeswoman for the Weight Watchers diet plan.[20]

In 2014, taking advantage of her training as a singer, Gasteyer recorded and released I'm Hip, an album of jazz standards. "One Mint Julep" was one of the selections it included.[21] In 2015, she played Mimi Schwinn in the New York City Center Encores! Off-Broadway revival of the musical A New Brain, also appearing on the cast recording.[22]

From 2016–2017, Gasteyer had a starring role on TBS's cult hit People of Earth, as the leader of an alien abductee support group.[23] In October 2019, she released the holiday album Sugar & Booze.[24] In 2019, Gasteyer appeared as a contestant on the second season of The Masked Singer under the guise of The Tree, ultimately finishing the competition in sixth place.

In February 2020, Gasteyer will play the role of Katherine Hastings in the NBC comedy pilot American Auto which was written by Justin Spitzer.[25]

Personal life

Gasteyer and her husband, Charlie McKittrick, have two children: A daughter (Frances, born in June 2002) and a son (Ulysses, born in March 2008).

Saturday Night Live characters

Original characters

Celebrity impressions



Title Role Year
A Small Domain Mother 1996
Courting Courtney Rosemary Colletti 1997
Meet the Deedles Mel 1998
Dick Rose Mary Woods 1999
Woman on Top Claudia Hunter 2000
What Women Want Sue Cranston 2000
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Ann Marie 2001
Mean Girls Betsy Heron 2004
Reefer Madness: The Musical Mae Coleman 2005
The Procedure Denise 2007
Finn on the Fly Dr. Madsen 2008
The Women Pat 2008
Dare Ruth Berger 2009
Robot & Frank Shop Lady 2012
That's My Boy Mrs. Ravensdale 2012
Fun Size Jackie Leroux 2012
Geography Club Mrs. Toles 2013
Peeples Mayor Hodge 2013
Rapture-Palooza Mrs. Lewis 2013
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Mrs. Gundermutt 2015
Wine Country Catherine 2019
Happiest Season 2020


Title Character Notes Year
Seinfeld Woman 1 episode 1995
Saturday Night Live Various 121 episodes 1996–2002
Hope and Gloria Girl 1 episode 1996
Party of Five Emcee 1 episode 1996
NYPD Blue Angie 1 episode 1996
Law & Order Monica's Social Worker 1 episode 1998
Just Shoot Me! April 1 episode 1998
Mad About You Yoga Woman 1 episode 1998
3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Brand 1 episode 2000
Geppetto Sra. Giovanni TV musical 2000
TV Funhouse Various voices 3 episodes 2000–2001
Frasier Trish Haney 1 episode 2002
I'm with Her Bonnie 1 episode 2003
Valentine Mona McAllister 1 episode 2009
The Electric Company Sandy Scrambler 1 episode 2009
Chuck Dasha 1 episode 2010
Running Wilde Anna Lowry 1 episode 2010
The Good Wife Judge Patrice Lessner 5 episodes 2010–2014
Curb Your Enthusiasm Jennifer 2 episodes 2011
Suburgatory Sheila Shay Series regular; 42 episodes 2011–2014
Family Guy Speed Dater (voice) 1 episode 2014
The Goldbergs Miss (Susan) Cinoman Recurring character; 11 episodes 2014–2019
The Mindy Project Barb Gurglar 1 episode 2015
Girls Melanie Shapiro 1 episodes 2015
Younger[26][27] Meredith Montgomery 1 episode 2015
Harvey Beaks Tara / Elderly Woman (voice) 6 episodes 2015–2016
Difficult People Woman at Cafe 1 episode 2015
Dawn of the Croods Meep (voice) 5 episodes 2015–2016
Celebrity Name Game Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Billy Gardell" 2015
Grease: Live Principal McGee TV special 2016
Mike Tyson Mysteries Genevieve (voice) 1 episode 2016
Maya & Marty Scientist 1 episode 2016
The Lion Guard Reirei (voice) 12 episodes 2016–2019
Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham 17 episodes 2016–2017
The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch" 2016
People of Earth Gina Morrison Main cast 2016–2017
Great News Kelly Episode: "Snowmagedon of the Century" 2017
A Christmas Story Live! Mrs. Schwartz Live televised performance 2017
Voltron: Legendary Defender Krolia (voice) Recurring character; 9 episodes 2018
Schooled Miss (Susan) Cinoman Recurring character; 3 episodes 2019
The Masked Singer Tree contestant; 5 episodes 2019
Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures Wilhelmina the Royal Courtier (voice) Episode: Princess Clarabelle 2019
Prodigal Son (TV series) Tilda Carp Episode: Death's Door 2020


Title Character Episodes Year
Going There with Ana Gasteyer Herself 9 2015–present

See also


  1. ^ Moore, David R. (2005). The Address Directory of Celebrities in Entertainment, Sports, Business & Politics. Americana Group Publishing. p. 223. ISBN 9780975956908. Ana Gasteyer birthday.
  2. ^ Taubeneck, Anne, "The Good Wicked Witch", Northwestern Magazine, Winter 2005, Northwestern University
  3. ^ "Best Bets, Nov. 21, 2014". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Biography (1967–)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  5. ^ a b Ohnuma, Keiko (February 21, 2009). "Featured Artist: Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer". Sandoval Signpost. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  6. ^ "The Good Wicked Witch, Winter 2005, Northwestern Magazine". www.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  7. ^ "The Lost Weekend Update Anchors". 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Joins Threepenny Opera Alongside Dale, Cumming, Falco and McKay". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  9. ^ "The Threepenny Opera Begins Final Performance Week, 6/20". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  10. ^ "Q&A with Ana Gasteyer". Broadwayworld.com. 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  11. ^ "Green Again! Ana Gasteyer to Join Broadway's Wicked in October". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  12. ^ "Brazier, Gasteyer, Voytko Are Passion's Trio in Chicago, Oct. 2-Nov. 11". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  13. ^ "Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer in Encores! Damn Yankees". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  14. ^ "Lenox, Carmello, Gasteyer, Oscar, Dossett, Harris and More Sing First Wives Club in NYC". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  15. ^ "Ana Gasteyer Joins Cast of Broadway's Royal Family". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  16. ^ "Royal Family Ends Its Broadway Reign Dec. 13". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  17. ^ "Gasteyer, Knight, Kudisch, Diamantopoulos and Newton Will Be Girl Crazy at Encores!". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  18. ^ "STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)". Broadwayworld.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  19. ^ Blickley, Leigh (2016-06-22). "Ana Gasteyer On The Return Of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  20. ^ Newman, Andrew Adam (2013-03-27). "Twitter Posts Lead Weight Watchers Online to a New Spokeswoman". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  21. ^ Staff, Playbill (October 4, 2014). "Ana Gasteyer Says 'I'm Hip' With New Album". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  22. ^ Blank, Matthew (June 24, 2015). "Cue & A: A New Brain Star Ana Gasteyer on Hamilton and Elphaba vs. Fosca". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  23. ^ Nast, Condé. "Ana Gasteyer on "People of Earth", Aliens, and Wanting to Believe". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  24. ^ "Exclusive: Listen to Ana Gasteyer and Maya Rudolph's cheeky Christmas song 'Secret Santa'". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  25. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 24, 2020). "Ana Gasteyer To Star In Justin Spitzer's NBC Comedy Pilot 'American Auto'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  26. ^ "Video: TV Land Releases New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from Upcoming Darren Star Series "Younger"". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Find Out Which of Your TV Favorites Are Joining Hilary Duff's New Show!". Retrieved 17 June 2017.

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