SNL: Meet the New Girl, Kate McKinnon

A new face will debut on Saturday Night Live when the show returns after a short hiatus on April 7 with an episode hosted by Modern Family's Sofia Vergara: Kate McKinnon, from Logo’s The Big Gay Sketch Show, has been added as a feature player, Deadline reports. That sent us scrambling to the internet wilds to get a sneak peek at what we can expect. According to her bio, Kate “graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in theater” and “relishes playing ugly and/or British characters, such as Fitzwilliam, the little transgendered boy from Switchingamshire.”

Here is a Kate McKinnon comedy sampler platter, harvested from YouTube:


Here she is backstage on The Big Gay Sketch Show, in character as Barbara Walters. Good Walters impression. Warning: Graphic content. Hide the children. Not safe for work. Etc.


In the funniest thing we found, which also features The Office’s Ellie Kemper and 30 Rock’s Sue Galloway (the “girl writer” character), a bachelorette party finds a lot to scream about. As one commenter noted, “Kate McKinnon's eyes are a gift from the comedic gods!!!!”


Bad celeb impression alert: McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton.


Here’s a terrible sketch in which McKinnon presides over a speed-dating session for which no women show up. Good training for enduring the many long, terrible SNL sketches in her future.


Here’s a sketch in which BP oil execs deal with a coffee spill on their conference room table. A good example of why topical humor has no shelf life. But McKinnon is funny!


Finally, here is McKinnon’s most unusual and convincing character of all: a metal clay safety instructor. Except I think this might be a different Kate McKinnon? In any case, Kate McKinnon the metalsmith better get used to being confused for Kate McKinnon the SNL star!


What do you think of McKinnon's potential, based on what you've seen here?

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From her picture, I hate her. Then I see one of the videos claiming her eyes are what sells, and that's what turns out to be bothering me about her, and I think many female sketch comedic actors -- they overdo the eyes. Wiig, Poehler, Vanessa Bayer, they all oversell their expression through their eyes to the point of sarcasm, and I find that grating in a "look at me, I'm being funny, I swear it" way. But in SOME of the videos you've included here, she's not too bad with the eyes, she's acting rather than ACTING!!! as Jon Lovitz would say, but she's not really blowing me away. So, we'll see what happens, but no matter what, the poor girl is stuck with horrible, lazy writers now.
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I'm still really sad that Paul Brittain left. He was always funny, and the fact that he got so much airtime despite being only a feature player says that he was probably very active in writing his own material. "Top of the penis, bottom of the penis..."

I didn't find the Kate McKinnon clips on this page to be especially funny, but I have faith in SNL's scouting team, which has lately been on fire (Jay Pharoah, Vanessa Bayer, Taran Killam). In fact, the the show has gone in a great direction, since the 2005 season when they added Wiig, Sudekis, Sandberg and Hader.
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Why do they keep adding new girl members if at the end of the day the only one acting is Kristen Wiig?! case in point, in the last episode she was in every single sketch that required a woman, the other actresses only made a cameo as props...
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why add her with only a couple episode to go? just seems a little weird lol



did anybody leave in order for her to join?
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Paul Brittain left a few weeks ago.
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I don't know if it's just me, but she kinda looks like Katee Sackhoff. At least she did in the bachelorette skit. It's the only one I watched.
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I can see it too, atleast when she's screaming. something about the big eyes maybe? lol
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I totally kinda see it.
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I remember seeing that BP sketch back in July 2010; funny stuff for its time. Kudos to K-Mac.
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I don't think it matters right now as to who is on SNL. They have actual funny people on the show. For me SNL the writers just aren't writing funny sketches. Or maybe 1 or 2 a night. Ugh I miss Mad Tv
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I think the SNL writers gave up after Tina Fey left. They were probably like, "Well, we've lost the only writer here with any talent whatsoever. Let's just phone it in for 6 years."



I loved Mad Tv! Remember Clops? - "Things around here can get pretty animated."
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The Tina Fey years were TERRIBLE. The whole show became cast members constantly trying to make each other laugh while mugging to the camera! Lots of unmemorable characters, and possibly the worst Weekend Update in the show's history. I love Tina Fey and her writing on 30 Rock, but I also love SNL so much more since Seth Myers took over the head writer role.
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I'm going to have to agree about those years. Those were definitely low points; maybe as bad as Season 6.
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Are you actually trying to say the show is better since Tina Fey left? - *Whistles* - Wow! Unbelievable.
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WU has definitely gotten better since Fey left.
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That's simply just not true.
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