A former member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer was a regular cast member of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" (aka. SNL) from 1996 to 2002, during which time she created some of the most famous SNL characters, including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio host Margaret Jo, and “Lilith Fair” poetess Cinder Calhoun. She also performed spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Celine Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Ana has also guest-starred in such TV shows as "Seinfeld," "Party of Five," "NYPD Blue," "Law & Order," "Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You," "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Frasier." She also appeared in the films "Courting Courtney" (1997), "Meet the Deedles" (1998), "Dick" (1999), "Woman on Top" (2000), "What Women Want" (2000), "Mean Girls" (2004) and "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical" (2005). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "The Women," "Finn on the Fly" and "Dare."
As for her theatrical work, Gasteyer, who appeared with 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), joined the cast of the Broadway revival of the long-running British stage musical, "The Rocky Horror Show" (May-August 2001), replacing Joan Jett in the role of Columbia. She also headlined a Broadway production of the hit musical "Wicked," portraying Elphaba, the future wicked witch of the west, and portrayed the role of Mrs. Peachum in the 2006 Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera" musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, which was adapted by Wallace Shawn.
On a more personal note, the 5' 7" dark-haired comic has been married to Charlie McKittrick since 1996 and has two children.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter to Marianna Gasteyer, an artist, and Phil Gasteyer, the mayor of Corrales in New Mexico where he and his wife moved when retiring, Ana Kristina Gasteyer (her first name is pronounced "On-uh") was born on May 4, 1967, in Washington, D. C. She has one older brother named Stephen Gasteyer.
Gasteyer graduated from Sidwell Friends High School, in Washington and attended Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, where she received a degree in speech, theater and performance.
On November 9, 1996, Gasteyer married Charlie McKittrick. They welcomed their first child in June 2002, a daughter named Frances McKittrick. Gasteyer gave birth to a son in March 2008.
In the mid '90s, Ana Gasteyer began appearing on screen in writer/director Paul Tarantino's romantic comedy movie "Courting Courtney" (filmed in 1995; released 1998) and in the legendary "Soup Nazi" episode of the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." She was also spotted as a guest on Fox's series "Party of Five" and NBC's sitcom starring Cynthia Stevenson and Jessica Lundy, "Hope and Gloria."
Gasteyer, who was a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, was picked as a regular cast member on the long-running NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" (aka “SNL) in 1996. During her SNL tenure, Gasteyer created several well-known SNL characters, including middle-school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp, NPR radio co-host Margaret Jo McCullen, fast-talking MTV VJ Kincaid, daytime talk show hostess Gayle Gleeson, Jonette of the music trio "Gemini's Twi" and "Lilith Fair" poetess Cinder Calhoun. She also delivered memorable impressions of Martha Stewart, Céline Dion, Katherine Harris, Joy Behar, Joan Rivers, Sally Jesse Raphael, Elizabeth Dole, Kathy Griffin, Barbra Streisand, Helen Thomas, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Gasteyer also had a featured supporting role in the live-action Disney comedy "Meet the Deedles" (1998; starring Paul Walker and Steve Van Wormer) and appeared as a guest in a 1998 episode of the NBC sitcoms "Mad About You" and "Just Shoot Me." She was also seen in the NYC-filmed drama "Law & Order."
Ana next portrayed Nixon's longtime secretary Rosemary Woods in the Watergate comedy helmed by Andrew Fleming, "Dick" (1999; starring Michelle Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Dan Hedaya), and acted in the 2000 comedy features "Woman on Top," which was directed by Fina Torres and stars Penélope Cruz, Murilo Benício, Harold Perrineau Jr. and Mark Feuerstein, and "What Women Want," which was helmed by Nancy Meyers and stars Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Gasteyer also appeared as herself in 2000 in two episodes of the NBC Emmy Award-winning sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun" and was featured in the Sundance-screened independent film "Home Sweet Hoboken" (2000). Additionally, she was featured in the Sam Weisman's loose adaptation of Donald Westlake's book, "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" (2001; starring Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito), and joined the cast of the Broadway revival of the long-running British stage musical, "The Rocky Horror Show" (May-August 2001), replacing Joan Jett in the role of Columbia.
In August 2002, Gasteyer announced that she would not be returning for a new season of “Saturday Night Live” after being on the show for 6 years. She subsequently portrayed Debra in the "Kimberly Akimbo" play by David Lindsay- Abaire at the City Center Stage I in New York City in February 2003 and starred in a TV commercial for Oxygen Network (cable) that same year. She was also cast as Lindsay Lohan's mother in the hit Mark Waters' film adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman's book "Queen Bees and Wannabes," "Mean Girls" (2004), which also featured Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, and Lizzy Caplan, as well as "Saturday Night Live" cast members Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, and Amy Poehler.
2005 saw Gasteyer co-star with Steven Weber in Showtime's movie adaptation of "Reefer Madness," an off-Broadway musical satire that was based on the 1936 cult classic. She also starred as Elphaba, the future wicked witch of the west, in the sit-down Chicago production of the hit musical based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked,” which would later be staged on Broadway the following year and portrayed Mrs. Peachum in the 2006 Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera" musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, which was adapted by Wallace Shawn.
Gasteyer will next be seen alongside Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Annette Bening, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith in writer/director Diane English's upcoming comedy film "The Women," an updated adaptation of the 1939 George Cukor film of the same name, which was based on the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce. She is currently working on Mark Jean's upcoming family/comedy movie "Finn on the Fly," in which she co-stars with Matthew Knight, Ryan Belleville, and Brandon Firla, and Adam Salky's drama film "Dare," which features Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, and Rooney Mara.