Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer
Ana Gasteyer Christmas Album Shoot (cropped).jpg
Gasteyer in 2018
Ana Kristina Gasteyer

(1967-05-04) May 4, 1967 (age 54)[1]
Education Northwestern University
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Charlie McKittrick
Children 2

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress and comedian. 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.,[2] the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico.[3][4] Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek.[4] She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University School of Communication (1989).[5]


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.[6]

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.[7][8]

On June 24, 2005, Gasteyer originated the role of Elphaba in the Chicago sit-down production of the musical Wicked, alongside Kate Reinders as Glinda. The production opened July 13, 2005. Gasteyer was nominated for a Jefferson Award for her performance.[9] 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, replacing Eden Espinosa.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of The First Wives Club.[13]

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.[14] The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009.[15] Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19 to November 22, 2009.[16]

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.[17]

Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21]

From 2016 to 2017, Gasteyer had a starring role on TBS's cult hit People of Earth, as the leader of an alien abductee support group.[22]

In October 2019, she released the holiday album Sugar & Booze[23] which was later accompanied by an Audible Original comedy piece titled Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze, featuring Gasteyer along with Maya Rudolph, Oscar Nunez, and Patti LuPone.[24] Gasteyer later 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] In September and October 2020, she voiced a red panda named Nut in an adult animated series titled Magical Girl Friendship Squad.[26][27]

Personal life

Gasteyer is married to Charlie McKittrick. They have two children.[28]

Saturday Night Live characters

Original characters

Celebrity impressions



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


Year Title Character Notes
1995 Seinfeld Woman Episode: "The Soup Nazi"
1996–2002 Saturday Night Live Various Main role; 121 episodes
1996 Hope and Gloria Girl Episode: "The Man Upstairs"
1996 Party of Five Emcee Episode: "Valentine's Day"
1996 NYPD Blue Angie Episode: "A Death in the Family"
1998 Law & Order Monica's Social Worker Episode: "Bad Girl"
1998 Just Shoot Me! April Episode: "What the Teddy Bear Saw"
1998 Mad About You Yoga Woman Episode: "Season Opener"
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Brand Episode: "Dick Puts the "Id" in Cupid"
2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Herself 2 episodes
2000 Geppetto Sra. Giovanni TV musical
2000–2001 TV Funhouse Various voices 3 episodes
2001 The West Wing Butterball Hotline Operator (uncredited) Episode: "The Indians in the Lobby"
2002 Frasier Trish Haney Episode: "Bristle While You Work"
2003 I'm with Her Bonnie Episode: "Alex Misses the Boat"
2009 Valentine Mona McAllister Episode: "Hound Dog"
2009 The Electric Company Sandy Scrambler Episode: "Friends or Aunts"
2010 Chuck Dasha Episode: "Chuck Verses the First Fight"
2010 Running Wilde Anna Lowry Episode: "It's a Trade-Off"
2010–2014 The Good Wife Judge Patrice Lessner Recurring role; 5 episodes
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Jennifer 2 episodes
2011–2014 Suburgatory Sheila Shay Series regular; 42 episodes
2014 Family Guy Speed Dater (voice) Episode: "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin"
2014–2020 The Goldbergs Miss (Susan) Cinoman Recurring character; 13 episodes
2015 The Mindy Project Barb Gurglar Episode: "Stanford"
2015 Girls Melanie Shapiro Episode: "Iowa"
2015 Younger[29][30] Meredith Montgomery Episode: "The Boy with the Dragon Tattoo"
2015–2016 Harvey Beaks Tara / Elderly Woman (voice) Recurring role; 6 episodes
2015 Difficult People Woman at Cafe Episode: "Even Later"
2015–2016 Dawn of the Croods Meep (voice) Recurring role; 5 episodes
2015 Celebrity Name Game Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Billy Gardell"
2016 Grease: Live Principal McGee TV special
2016 Mike Tyson Mysteries Genevieve (voice) Episode: "The Bard's Curse"
2016 Maya & Marty Scientist Episode: "Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Jerry Seinfeld"
2016–2019 The Lion Guard Reirei (voice) Recurring role; 12 episodes
2016–2017 Lady Dynamite Karen Grisham Recurring role; 17 episodes
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch"
2016–2017 People of Earth Gina Morrison Series regular
2017 Great News Kelly Episode: "Snowmagedon of the Century"
2017 A Christmas Story Live! Mrs. Schwartz Live televised performance
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Krolia (voice) Recurring character; 9 episodes
2019 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
2020 Prodigal Son Tilda Carp Episode: Death's Door
2020 Duncanville Janine (voice) Episode: "Fridgy"
2016–2020 Match Game Herself (celebrity guest) Episode: "Joel McHale, Amanda Seales, Ron Funches, Ana Gasteyer, Ron Huebel, Nikki Glaser"
2020 Magical Girl Friendship Squad Nut (voice) Main role
2021 American Auto Katherine Hastings Series regular


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


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