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Kate McKinnon might become the first openly lesbian cast member for NBC’s iconic sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in over two decades. She could appear on the show as soon as April 7, when Modern Family star Sofia Vergara guest hosts.
Deadline first reported on Wednesday that creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels was looking at up to seven new comics to add to the show. He was looking at four women, including McKinnon, Jessica Joy, Lauren Lapkus and Elaine Carroll.
If McKinnon is cast, Entertainment Weekly notes that she will be the first openly gay comic to star on the series since Terry Sweeney appeared in the 1985-1986 season. AceShowBiz notes that the last lesbian cast member was the late Danitra Vance, who was on the show back in 1985.
McKinnon is no rookie to sketch comedy. TIME notes that she starred on The Big Gay Sketch Show, which was produced by Rosie O’Donnell and aired on the LOGO network. She was also a member of Upright Citizens Brigade, the same comedy troupe that SNL veterans Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler performed with. She also appeared in the Funny or Die video, Vag Magazine.
Michaels is on the search for new female talent because it is possible that Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig, who has been on the show since 2005, is in the last season of her contract. Deadline reports that her future on the show may not be decided until the summer.
You can get a taste of McKinnon’s talents in Vag Magazine below: