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SNL Welcomes Kate McKinnon, The Show’s First Out Lesbian Cast Member

With Kristen Wiig skyrocketing to the top of the Hollywood food chain, her future on Saturday Night Live is unclear. So SNL super-producer Lorne Michaels has been testing out possible replacements. Making her debut this Saturday, alongside host Sofia Vergara, is Kate McKinnon (right), the show’s first lesbian cast member.

McKinnon is no rookie when it comes to sketch comedy, though: She co-starred alongside Colman Domingo, Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern on Logo’s much-missed comedy series The Big Gay Sketch Show.  It’s unclear whether McKinnon’s appearance is a one-off or part of a longer a trial run  but, we’ll  be tuning it regardless. Below, check out some vintage McKinnon from 2009, as presidential also-ran Hillary Clinton.

Photos via Kate Mckinnon, Logo

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 29, 2012
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    • David

      Congrats to Kate! I enjoyed her work on Logo very much… I hope they hire her on full-time but SNL isn’t too keen on gays or other minorities so we’ll see.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AEH

      I didn’t miss “The Big Gay Sketch Show” that much. I thought it was too broad, crude, and obvious. There’s humour to be found in subtlety, you know.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AEH

      @JayKay: Neither are you.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ


      You’ve never seen him naked. Hi-larious!

      Mar 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geno

      She ain’t that frikkin funny! Who gives a hoot! Oh! And. Justice 4 trayvon or whatever his name is :0)

      Mar 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonny

      I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but comedienne Danitra Vance , who joined SNL in 1985 was the first openly Lesbian cast member and predates Ms. McKinnon by over twenty years.

      Mar 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Geoff B
      Geoff B

      I haven’t seen her earlier work but I hope she does a great job and in response to an earlier post; women can be very funny. Some of the funniest women in entertainment started on SNL.

      Mar 30, 2012 at 5:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • WinterRoad


      Danitra Vance was the first lesbian cast member, but not the first openly lesbian cast member. Her sexuality wasn’t publicly revealed until after she died.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 8:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonny


      In the book, “The New Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book” says that Vance’s “open lesbianism and feminism seem to have made her taboo on talk shows.” (pg. 288) I think it wasn’t so much that Vance wasn’t “Out” so much as it was not heavily reported in the mainstream media.

      Apr 13, 2012 at 11:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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