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Sheila Shay on ABC's "Suburgatory"
Ana Gasteyer is best known for her incomparable work on "Saturday Night Live." During her six-year stint, she created some of the most famous "SNL" characters, including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She recently returned to "SNL" as Margaret Jo in "NPR'S Delicious Dish" and the now infamous "Muffin Top" sketch with Betty White, which Gasteyer created and wrote. She also recently appeared opposite Larry David in the latest season of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
On stage Gasteyer made her Broadway debut as Columbia in "The Rocky Horror Show." Since then she has earned raves as Elphaba in "Wicked" on Broadway, and originated the role for the Chicago production, earning a Jefferson Award nomination. Other New York theater credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway productions of "The Royal Family," directed by Doug Hughes, "The Threepenny Opera," with Alan Cumming and Jim Dale, Eve Ensler's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, "The Vagina Monologues," and Manhattan Theatre Club's hit production of "Kimberly Akimbo," by celebrated playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Gasteyer starred as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl"at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; as Fosca in Gary Griffin's production of Sondheim's "Passion" at The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, earning a Jefferson Award nomination for her performance; and co-starred in the one-night-only, star-studded Actors Fund benefit concerts of "Funny Girl," "Hair" and "A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser." In additon she can be heard on the Actors Fund recording of "Hair" and the "Reefer Madness" soundtrack. Other theatrical credits include the national tour of "The Real Live Brady Bunch" and productions of "The Odyssey" and "The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci," both directed by Mary Zimmerman.
Prior to joining "SNL," Gasteyer honed her comedy skills at "The Groundlings," the famed Los Angeles improv-sketch comedy group. On film she has been seen in "Dare," "Mean Girls," "The Women," "What Women Want," "Woman on Top," "Dick," and "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" Television credits include "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Good Wife," "Chuck," Showtime's "Reefer Madness," "Frasier," "Just Shoot Me," "3rd Rock from the Sun," "NYPD Blue," "Mad About You," "Law & Order," "Party of Five," " Seinfeld" (the "Soup Nazi" episode), as well as guest hosting "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," "Live with Regis" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."
Gasteyer stars in the Tyler Perry-produced film "We the Peeples," opposite Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carroll; the Lionsgate film "Rapturepalooza," with Anna Kendrick and Rob Corddry; and Paramount's "Fun Size," with Johnny Knoxville, Victoria Justice and Chelsea Handler for director Josh Schwartz.
HOMETOWN Washington, DC
BIRTHDATE May 4