January 26, 2014

SNL Cast Member Kate McKinnon to Visit Cornell

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Comedian Kate McKinnon will be performing in the Statler Auditorium on Feb. 13, Cornell University Programming Board announced Sunday.

McKinnon, who has been a cast member on Saturday Night Live since April 2012, was previously a part of the original cast of the Big Gay Sketch Show on the Logo Network.

McKinnon is the first openly gay female cast member currently on SNL, according to the New York Post McKinnon is the first female performer CUPB has brought to campus since Whoopi Goldberg in 2005, according to CUPB President Zachary Zahos ’15.

Zahos said that McKinnon’s gender was one consideration in the decision to bring her to campus.

“We got excited about the idea of bringing a female comedian to campus because it’s been too long, but our number one priority is to have a good show with the idea that we’re never going to sacrifice quality,” Zahos said.

Tickets to the event will be free to the public and will be available to students at Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday.