Growing up Kate learned to play the cello, guitar and piano.
Kate is 5ft 4in (1.63 m) tall.
Kate studied theater at Columbia University in New York City after graduating from high school.
In 2014, Kate was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. She was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the song Home for the Holidays (Twin Bed). Both nominations were for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Kate is an Upright Citizens Brigade Theater performer.
In 2014, Kate won the American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in a TV series for her work on Saturday Night Live.
Kate starred in the popular web series Vag Magazine, about a fictional hipster third-wave feminist magazine.
Kate is the first openly gay female cast member hired by Saturday Night Live.
Kate: (on coming out) I was like 14 or 15 and it was fine. I mean obviously it was hard – like it's hard for everyone – and confusing. And you're alone – I was the only gay person in my high school. But I had the support of my family and that I think could make anything okay, basically. So I was very, very lucky.
Kate : (stated in a 2010 interview) My ultimate dream would be to be a Lily Tomlin or to be Tracy Ullman. You know just a character woman…I would kill to be the first gay person on SNL or have a Tracy Ullman type show. That would be my ultimate dream.
Kate: (On the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater community) It's just the smartest people I ever met, other than the writing staff at SNL, it's just a really intelligent group of people who are really devoted to learning and doing stuff all the time, and people are performing every night and every week. That's where I learned everything—just by doing and doing, and being around funny people, and being taught by funny people. It's so nice, and a true community spirit.
Kate: (On how being gay figures into her work) As minorities, we're on the fringe, and there's just something so wonderful about that perspective, something so inspiring.