SNL Hires First Openly Gay Female Cast Member

Comedienne Kate McKinnon has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, MyFOXNY reports:

MckinnonMcKinnon, who cut her teeth on Logo's "The Big Gay Sketch Show" — produced by Rosie O'Donnell — could make her first appearance as soon as this Saturday night in an episode hosted by "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara, according to

McKinnon, a trouper in the New York-based Upright Citizens Brigade comedy team, has also been in several one-woman shows including "Disenchanted," according to reports.

Terry Sweeney was the first gay man to appear on "SNL" as a cast member during the 1985 season — 10 years after the show's premiere on NBC.


  1. hightemp says

    SNL is a repeat this weekend. New ones start next weekened.

    McKinnon and Coleman Domingo were the only reasons to watch the Big Gay Sketch show.

    Best of luck to her there!

  2. endo says

    Stephen Guarino from Big Gay Sketch Show plays a recurring character on Happy Endings. On the season finale next week, his character is marrying his boyfriend.

  3. jomicur says

    Now if they’d only hire some writers who actually know how to write comedy, and some performers who know how to play it instead of just projecting smug “attitude.”

  4. RichB in PS says

    As much as I like and watch SNL regularly, this is good news and good PR to have a real SNL gay person instead of a pretend SNL gay character. Hopefully will be less efficacious and be a real SNL gay character in a SNL gay skit.

  5. bobbyjoe says

    That final paragraph should read:

    Terry Sweeney was the first– and so far only– openly gay man to appear as a cast member in SNL’s history. And that was 26 years ago.

    Because, apparently as we’ve learned from Graham Chapman, Scott Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, and so forth and so on, there just aren’t many talented openly gay comedians who are good at sketch comedy.

  6. Felix says

    Great news. I used to watch “The Big Gay Sketch Show” but mostly because of Paolo Andino….hot, talented man. sigh

  7. TonyT says

    Wow – great news. It took them almost 40 years to find a funny lesbian and one funny gay guy, but great news!