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Melissa Villaseñor is an American actress, stand-up comedian and impressionist. She is a cast member on Saturday Night Live, having joined in the forty-second season in 2016.[1] Her other credits include voice work on several episodes of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes and Adventure Time and a contestant on the sixth season of America's Got Talent.

Melissa Villaseñor
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Villaseñor performing in 2012 in Culver City, California
BornWhittier, California, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
NationalityAmerican
Websitemelissavillasenor.com

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CareerEdit

Villaseñor was a semi-finalist in season 6 of America's Got Talent. Previously, she was selected for the New Faces lineup in the 2010 Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. She has also done voice work for the animated shows Adventure Time, Family Guy and TripTank.[2] Most recently, Villaseñor appeared on the second season of HBO's Crashing.[3]

Saturday Night LiveEdit

Villaseñor was introduced as a featured player on the October 1, 2016, episode of SNL alongside Mikey Day and Alex Moffat. Her debut was an impression of Sarah Silverman in the "Family Feud: Celebrity Edition" sketch.[4] Villaseñor is the first Latina cast member, and the first Latina to be promoted to repertory status.[5] She was promoted to the cast of repertory players in season 44.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Villaseñor grew up in Whittier, CA and attended Ramona Convent Secondary School in Alhambra, CA. She is of Mexican descent.[7] At fifteen, Villaseñor started stand up at the Laugh Factory Comedy Camp in Hollywood, CA.[8][9]

After Villaseñor became a cast member of SNL, she deleted tweets she had previously written that some viewed as racist. Villaseñor wrote tweets such as, "A bossy black lady at my temp looks exactly like steve erkel. Ugly" and, "I hate those mexicans on bikes, they threw something at my car. The world doesn't need them." SNL and Villaseñor declined to comment on the alleged racism.[10][11][12]

Celebrity impressionsEdit

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It Sara
2011 America's Got Talent Herself/contestant Semi-finalist
2012 Family Guy Nora Ephron (voice) Episode: "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
2012–16 Adventure Time Various/Additional voices 11 episodes
2014–16 TripTank Various (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Pickle and Peanut Darla (voice) Episode: "Francine/Cell Phone Tree"
2015 Impress Me Herself 2 episodes
2016 Laid in America Ms. Hopkins
2016 Mary + Jane Erin Episode: "420"
2016 First Impressions Herself/contestant Episode: "Yvette Nicole Brown"
2016–present Saturday Night Live Herself/various 63 episodes
2017 Jeff & Some Aliens Julie, Adele (voice) Episode: "Jeff & Some Preteen Girls"
2017 F Is for Family Additional voices 2 episodes
2017–19 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Potato, Punching Judy, Drupe, Gertie, Ginger, Mega Football Baby, Shy Ninja, Additional voices 13 episodes
2017 The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special Additional voices TV Special
2018 Crashing Herself Episode: "NACA"
2018 Barry Waitress Episode: "Chapter One: Make Your Mark"
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Taffyta Muttonfudge (voice) Replaces Mindy Kaling
2019 Toy Story 4[35] Karen Beverly (voice)
2019 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Herself Episode: "Melissa Villaseñor"
TBA Hubie Halloween[36] Filming

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilstein, Matt (September 12, 2016). "SNL's First Latina Cast Member Melissa Villaseñor Is an Impression Machine". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Slead, Evan (September 12, 2016). "Who is Melissa Villaseñor? Get to know SNL's newest cast member". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ White, Chad. ""NACA" Crashing Review". C+ Comedy. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Evans, Greg (October 2, 2016). "'SNL' Surprise: Newcomers Mikey Day, Alex Moffat & Melissa Villaseñor Actually Make Good, Strong Impressions".
  5. ^ Villafañe, Veronica. "SNL Starts New Season With Debut Of First Latina Cast Member, Latino Writer And Lin-Manuel Miranda". forbes.com. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Blair, Elizabeth (September 29, 2018). "A Top Impressionist, Melissa Villaseñor Is Finding Her Own Voice On 'SNL'". Weekend Edition Saturday. Washington D.C. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/first-snl-latina-cast-member-caught-deleting-racist-tweets_n_57e55c37e4b0e80b1ba1b97b
  8. ^ Andrews, Travis M. "Melissa Villaseñor, of 'America's Got Talent' fame, becomes SNL's first Latina cast member". Washiington Post. Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Staff. "Melissa Villasenor". USA Network. USA Network. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "'SNL's' Latina Cast Member Controversy: Melissa Villaseñor Deleted Racist Tweets". indiewire.com.
  11. ^ "The First Latina "SNL" Cast Member Has Been Deleting Offensive Tweets". buzzfeed.com.
  12. ^ "First 'SNL' Latina Cast Member Caught Deleting Racist Tweets". huffingtonpost.com.
  13. ^ "Impressions". melissavillasenor.com.
  14. ^ a b America's Got Talent (June 7, 2011). "Celebrity Impressions - Melissa Villasenor - America's Got Talent Audition - Season 6" – via YouTube.
  15. ^ Más Mejor (February 10, 2016). "Owen Wilson - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ Más Mejor (June 8, 2016). "Jennifer Lopez - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ Más Mejor (May 25, 2016). "Kristen Wiig - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ Más Mejor (January 20, 2016). "Hillary Clinton - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  19. ^ Más Mejor (January 27, 2016). "Gwen Stefani - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  20. ^ Más Mejor (February 3, 2016). "Sonia Sotomayor - Daily Itineraries ft. Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (March 9, 2015). "Whitney Cummings has caught me! - Melissa Villaseñor" – via YouTube.
  22. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (February 9, 2015). "Sia Impression" – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (January 5, 2011). "Zooey to the rescue!!! - Melissa Villasenor" – via YouTube.
  24. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (August 24, 2015). "Kate Micucci Impression" – via YouTube.
  25. ^ Melissa Villaseñor (September 7, 2015). "Gloria Estefan Impression" – via YouTube.
  26. ^ "Meet the New 'SNL' Castmembers: Who are Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Melissa Villasenor?". The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. ^ "Stranger Things – SNL". Saturday Night Live. October 9, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  28. ^ "Great British Bake Off – SNL". Saturday Night Live. October 15, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ a b c d e f "Zoo-opolis Voice Actors – SNL". Saturday Night Live. March 5, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ "Bedroom – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017 – via YouTube.
  31. ^ "Celebrity Family Feud: Super Bowl Edition – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 5, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  32. ^ "Celebrity Family Feud: Time Travel Edition – SNL". Saturday Night Live. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017 – via YouTube.
  33. ^ "The Chaos President – SNL". Saturday Night Live. September 30, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017 – via YouTube.
  34. ^ Truitt, Brian (May 5, 2019). "SNL' pits 'Avengers: Endgame' vs. 'Game of Thrones' on hilarious 'Family Feud'". USA Today. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  35. ^ Peter DeBruge (June 13, 2019). "Film Review: 'Toy Story 4'". Variety. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  36. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (July 22, 2019). "Adam Sandler Sets Next Netflix Comedy With All-Star Cast Including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Maya Rudolph & Many More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 22, 2019.

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