Comedian Kate McKinnon is the first openly gay lesbian to join ‘SNL’ and the late night crew at NBC.
In the coming weeks NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ will have a new featured comedian in its sketches named, Kate McKinnon, who is openly gay, and is the first outed lesbian to appear on ‘SNL’ since 1985.
McKinnon was an original cast member of LOGO networks, ‘Big Gay Sketch Show’, and since 2008 has performed live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theate in New York City.
The last openly gay women to be hired on ‘SNL’ was Danitra Vance, who appeared on 18 episodes between 1985 and 1986. Comedian and writer Terry Sweeney was also the last openly gay man to be hired in the same year.
Deadline.com is reporting that McKinnon could start appearing on the show as early as next week when Sophia Vergara.
Part of the reason for the hire of McKinnon is said to be because producer Lorne Michaels is looking to make sure he has viable female replacement for veteran Kristen Wig, if she decides not to renew her contract at the end of this season.
In 2009, the 28-year-old McKinnon won a NewNowNext Award for Best Rising Comic.
McKinnon apparently already has the support of one ‘SNL alum in Rachel Dratch who tweeted, “is it true that SNL hired Kate McKinnon as a new cast member? If so, yay! She is a very funny lady.”