Ana Gasteyer (born May 4, 1967 in Washington, DC) is an American actress and comedian who established herself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1996.
She graduated from Sidwell Friends School and Northwestern University. She got her role on SNL due to her experience with the famed Los Angeles improv-sketch comedy group called The Groundlings.
Gasteyer created several well-known SNL characters during her time there, including middle school music teacher Bobbie Moughan-Culp (opposite Will Ferrell), NPR radio host Margaret Jo McCullen (opposite Molly Shannon), one third of Gemini's Twin (together with Maya Rudolph), and Lilith Fair poetess Cinder Calhoun, as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, CĂ©line Dion, Katherine Harris, Joy Behar, Joan Rivers, Sally Jesse Raphael, Kathy Griffin, Helen Thomas, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Ana left SNL in 2002, and since then has appeared in various television programs and films, including Mean Girls. She can also be seen as a customer in the famous "Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld, well before she secured her SNL gig.
Most recently, Gasteyer starred as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the musical Wicked at the Oriental Theater in Chicago.
Currently, Gasteyer is starring in a revival of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway as Mrs. Peachum, along with Jim Dale, Alan Cumming, and Cyndi Lauper.
She and her husband, Charlie McKittrick, have a daughter, Frances (with whom she was famously pregnant during her last season on SNL).