Vanessa is Jewish.
Vanessa was classmates with comedian Whitney Cummings in college, the two both graduated the same year.
Vanessa's first experience with sketch comedy was when she joined her college's all female musical and sketch comedy group called Bloomers.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, where she majored in Communications
Vanessa has an older brother who works for Fuse TV as a music correspondent.
After graduating college, Vanessa joined the improvisational comedy club The Second City.
When Vanessa was young she was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Vanessa was on her high school's cross country team.
While in college, Vanessa interned on several television programs including< em>Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
In high school Vanessa was voted Best Smile and Most Likely to Succeed.
Vanessa: (Explaining what it is like to work at Saturday Night Live) Every time you're on that set, you think about who's been there and what goes on there. It's very surreal.
Vanessa: (Explaining how her college helped her)Part of that has to do with Penn being really supportive of what you do, I remember when I met with my career counselor at the end of my senior year, I told her that I wanted to do comedy. And she said, 'You should just start performing at different clubs.' She wasn't like, 'No, this isn't a good choice for you.' She was like, 'Great, you should do that.'
Vanessa: (on her impression of Miley Cryus)I took a character workshop a couple of summers ago where we worked on impressions, and that's when I first started working on it, I felt like she was such a great personality. She's a fun person to do.
Vanessa: (On her first day working on Saturday Nigh Live) My first day of work, I remember meeting people and I was so star-struck, But I had to act like it was a normal thing to meet these people. I couldn't ask for autographs of the people I was going to work with.