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Ana Gasteyer

  • American comedian
  • Born May 4, 1967

Ana Kristina Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967) is an American actress, singer, and comedian best known for her time as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1996 to 2002. She has since starred in such sitcoms as ABC's Suburgatory, Netflix's Lady Dynamite, and TBS's People of Earth.


It's funny, there are so many women who are former executives and have taken all that stress and anxiety and transferred it onto their kids.




I always loved comedy but I didn't start formally until I was in college.




I've always lived in a city.




I'm friends with a lot of actresses, but my 'SNL' friends are my closest. The experience of working there is something of a battleground, a great one, but complicated. I think there's a deep connection for having survived that workplace.




I've always lived in a city. I'm very social, and in a place like New York, even if you're alone on the subway, you never feel lonely.




I'm not much of a famous-person friend. I've hung out with Brooke Shields and I don't think I've ever seen that kind of pure face recognition, but I keep a low profile.




I live in Brooklyn.




It's definitely like being in some weird sorority. I'm friends with a lot of actresses, but my 'SNL' friends are my closest.




I love people who try to keep the world in control - because the world is inherently not in control.




I'm so bad at spontaneous impressions.




I'd like to say that parody is a celebration of a person's specific characteristics, as opposed to mockery.




I'm very social, and in a place like New York, even if you're alone on the subway, you never feel lonely.




I'm not a standup, but I play one on TV.




Be tenacious. Get as much stage time as possible.




I played Liddy Dole last year and met her as well. From the artful way she phrased it, I still don't know if she had actually seen me play her. She made it sound like it was good, but that's just a gift they have.




I'm pretty earthy; I nursed forever because I liked it and my kids liked it, but at the same time I'm very laissez-faire about stuff like bedtimes and food.




It's so easy in these cabaret venues to get earnest.




Losing yourself in the character opens you up in a way that no amount of precise preparation can.




I was inspired more by early Bette Midler. I do wear a fancy dress and very high heels - and extra high hair. My goal is to obliterate all earnestness.




I'm a liberal inside a liberal's body.




You know, once somebody knows you can sing Elphaba, it's like being able to sing Evita - people shut up about it already.



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