Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress, singer, and comedian best known for her time as 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.
Gasteyer in 2007
Ana Kristina Gasteyer
May 4, 1967
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||Northwestern University (B.A., 1989)|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, comedian|
Gasteyer was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, a lobbyist who became the mayor of Corrales, New Mexico. Her maternal grandparents were Romanian and Greek. She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University School of Communication (1989). While a teenager, she was a pundit on an uncommercial segment ("What is a friend?" Her answer: "Someone you can be weird with.") of the short-lived PBS show Powerhouse. During her first year of college, she lived on the fourth floor of Willard Residential College on campus and majored in Voice. She later became a Theater major.
Gasteyer developed comedy experience with the Los Angeles improv – sketch 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Gasteyer took part in the reading of the Broadway musical version of The First Wives Club.
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. The show concluded its run on December 13, 2009. Gasteyer also starred as Frisco Kate Fothergill in the City Centers Encores! production of Girl Crazy, running from November 19 to November 22, 2009.
Gasteyer appeared in season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David's girlfriend.
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. 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.
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 charactersEdit
- Bobbie Mohan-Culp, the operatic-voiced high school music teacher (with Will Ferrell)
- Margaret Jo McCullen, co-host of the NPR radio show Delicious Dish (with Molly Shannon)
- Gemini's Twin singer Jonette (with Maya Rudolph)
- Cinder Calhoun, a politically correct Lilith Fair singer
- Fast-talking MTV VJ Kincaid
- Daytime talk show hostess of Pretty Living, Gayle Gleeson
- Martha Stewart
- Céline Dion (on The Celine Dion Show)
- Katherine Harris
- Joy Behar
- Joan Rivers
- Sally Jesse Raphael
- Elizabeth Dole
- Kathy Griffin
- Carrie Donovan (Vogue style editor featured in the Old Navy commercials)
- Bea Arthur
- Barbra Streisand (auditioning for Star Wars)
- Helen Thomas
- Hillary Clinton
- Lisa Kudrow (as Phoebe Buffay)
|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|
|Finn on the Fly||Dr. Madsen||2008|
|Robot & Frank||Shop Lady||2012|
|That's My Boy||Mrs. Ravensdale||2012|
|Fun Size||Jackie Leroux||2012|
|Geography Club||Mrs. Toles||2013|
|Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2||Mrs. Gundermutt||2015|
|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|
|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||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–present|
|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|
|Going There with Ana Gasteyer||Herself||9||2015–present|
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- Taubeneck, Anne, "The Good Wicked Witch", Northwestern Magazine, Winter 2005, Northwestern University
- "Best Bets, Nov. 21, 2014". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Ana Gasteyer Biography (1967–)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- Ohnuma, Keiko (February 21, 2009). "Featured Artist: Mariana Roumell-Gasteyer". Sandoval Signpost. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "The Good Wicked Witch, Winter 2005, Northwestern Magazine". www.northwestern.edu. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "The Lost Weekend Update Anchors". 27 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Ana Gasteyer Joins Threepenny Opera Alongside Dale, Cumming, Falco and McKay". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "The Threepenny Opera Begins Final Performance Week, 6/20". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Q&A with Ana Gasteyer". Broadwayworld.com. 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Lawrence Replaces Gasteyer in Encores! Damn Yankees". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "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.
- "Ana Gasteyer Joins Cast of Broadway's Royal Family". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Royal Family Ends Its Broadway Reign Dec. 13". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "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.
- "STAGE TUBE: New Betty White SNL Promo! (TV Content)". Broadwayworld.com. 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Video: TV Land Releases New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from Upcoming Darren Star Series "Younger"". www.thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Find Out Which of Your TV Favorites Are Joining Hilary Duff's New Show!". Retrieved 17 June 2017.