Bayer at 2015 benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
November 14, 1981 |
Orange, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania|
Vanessa Bayer (born November 14, 1981 is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy nomination as well as for supporting roles in the films Trainwreck (2015), Office Christmas Party (2016) and Carrie Pilby (2016).)
Bayer was born and raised in Orange, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, to a Reform Jewish family. She is the daughter of Carolyn (née Polster) and Todd Bayer. She has a brother, Jonah, who is a music journalist and the drummer for the punk supergroup United Nations.
At the age of 15, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Bayer stated that while battling the disease, she discovered the meaning of "comic relief". "I don't know if it made me funnier, but it was so amazing, how it made everything be O.K.," she said.
She currently[when?] collaborates[vague] with her brother Jonah on the web series Sound Advice for Above Average. Bayer stars as Janessa Slater, a media coach who helps famous musicians change their image.
While attending college, Bayer interned on the television shows Sesame Street and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and participated in the cast of Bloomers, an all-female musical and sketch comedy troupe. Bayer was part of the all-Jewish cast of Second City's stage show Jewsical: The Musical, a musical that presented a comedic take on Jewish life and culture.
Bayer joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player on September 25, 2010. Beginning with the 2012-2013 season, Bayer was promoted to repertory status. She has been praised for her performance on the show, with HitFix calling her "one of the strongest members of the ensemble"[verify] and Rolling Stone calling her "Saturday Night Live's secret weapon".[verify] In 2014, she was nominated for an American Comedy Award for her work on the show. Bayer departed SNL on May 20, 2017 after seven years on the show and currently holds the record of the show's longest-serving female cast member, with 149 episodes (Maya Rudolph, who had been a cast member for 9 seasons, stayed for 146 episodes). She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for that season.
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Her recurring characters include:
Bayer suffered from leukemia as a teenager. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her wish to send her family on vacation to Hawaii. As a former "Make-A-Wish kid", Bayer continues to do work with the foundation. In 2015, she hosted the foundation's "Evening of Wishes Dinner" to help raise funds for wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
|2009||Off the Cuff||Kate Clark|
|2010||Stages of Emily||Jocelyn||Short film|
|2012||Adventures in the Sin Bin||Superdawg Waitress|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Flight Attendant||Voice role|
|Office Christmas Party||Allison|
|2017||The Polka King||Bitsy Bear|
|2010-17||Saturday Night Live||Various||Series regular
Nominated - 2014 American Comedy Award for Comedy Supporting Actress - TV
Nominated - 2014 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program
Nominated - 2015 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Female Performance in a Fiction Program
Nominated - 69th Primetime Emmy Awards ("Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series")
|2011||I Wanna Have Your Baby||Connie||Episode: "Corrine & Jerry"|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Mary||Episode: "Sk8er Man"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Susan Armhold||Episode: "Patton Oswalt Wears a Black Blazer & Dress Shoes"|
|2014-15||Portlandia||Various||Episodes: "Sharing Finances", "Late in Life Drug Use", "You Can Call Me Al" and "The Storytellers"|
|2015||Man Seeking Woman||Laura||Episodes: "Traib" and "Lizard"|
|2015||The Awesomes||Dr. Jill Stein-Awesome-Kaplan||4 episodes|
|2016||Drunk History||Carrie Nation||Episode: "Bar Fights"|
|Modern Family||Marjorie||Episode: "Snow Ball"|
|2017||The Simpsons||Dr. Clarity Hoffman-Roth (voice)||Episode: "A Father's Watch"|